The Man Test by Amanda Aksel
Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.
In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?
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I found out about the opportunity to read The Man Test from Author Steph Nuss, who recommended this novel. I also saw that Author Amanda Aksel is from the city I grew up in, so thought, why not? This was such a fun Chick Lit read and glad I had the opportunity to read it!
The main character, Marin Johnson, was engaged to be married until she caught her fiance cheating on her in her apartment that he just moved into. Now Marin is a couples therapist. You would think she would be alright and know how to resolve her own problems and issues on her own, right? Not exactly. Ideas get put into her head that all men are cheaters after reading this book she finds in a bookstore. After that, this is how her fun starts when she decides to conduct an experiment to prove that all men are cheaters.
With the Marin's experiment and the people and situations that surround her, this makes this novel such a fun read. She does have a bit of fun in her research, but finds out interesting things as well. Marin is funny and she sometimes frustrated me when it came to some of the stuff she would think. Any single woman who just had their heart stomped on is more than likely going to jump to conclusions and come up with weird thoughts.
Amanda did such a great job with this novel and I would really recommend it! If you are one of those who are trying to figure out the dating world, men, committed relationships or want to have a good laugh at reading about it, this novel is perfect!
About Amanda Aksel
AMANDA (ah-MAHN-dah)- Latin- Meaning lovable or worthy of love. Fitting. I've always had an affinity for love. Being born in sunny San Diego in the mid 80’s to a young military couple gave me plenty of insight into the dynamics of a romantic relationship. Somewhere between moving coasts every three years, I found myself engrossed in fairytale romances and dressing up like a bride. My first real love was writing. By my sophomore year in a new high school in Virginia, I had a slew of short stories, songs, poems, and articles to my name. Writing was fun. It was a way to get the emotions, dialogue, and pictures out of my head, and create a destiny for my characters. I had no intention of making a career in writing, because it wasn’t what I did, it was who I was. In reality, I wanted to be an actress. Ah, to be the face of someone else’s authored story. The plan was to move in with my aunt in L.A. after graduation, but had a change of heart. Instead, I stayed with my high school sweetheart (now husband) and attended a film school in Norfolk, VA. It was at this school that I discovered my love for writing screenplays and felt compelled to follow that path. But…as the practical girl I was brought up to be, I decided to go to a real university. While working full time, I completed my BA in Psychology in four and a half years. Becoming a couple’s therapist had always been my “backup” career and there I was on my way to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. With all my new free time after graduation, I decided to turn my full-length screenplay into a novel in hopes it would help my screenplay sell. I think I was in the middle of writing chapter two when I realized that everything I had ever written was to prepare me for that moment when I knew I was a novelist. Talk about the affirmation of my life. Now my plan is to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.