The Daddy Game
Review by Barry Boy
I was given this novel, The Daddy Game, which was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day, in exchange for an honest review.
The Daddy Game is in the style of a first-person narrative, and uses a slang, which, as a Brit, I have to assume is used by Black Americans in some part of the country, perhaps DC Metro. I had to look up quite a few words, but as a linguist, I didn’t mind that at all.
The narrator is a young, sexually active, black American man, who is proud of his ability to seduce women, and avoid becoming permanently entangled with them, although his attitude is quite macho, sexist and old-fashioned, at least in most urban circles.
Then he meets the delectable Tiffy, who becomes his girlfriend and gets pregnant, which puts the narrator in a difficult position, although he is confident that he can wriggle out of it and even shares his tactics with his readers. While he is quietly extricating himself from this predicament, he has several other relationships, notably with the delectable Janelle.
The Daddy Game, presented as a lesson or manual on how to avoid the clutches of evil, money-grubbing, lazy women, is filled out with ‘his’ boys, and her (Tiffy’s) girls. We do not get to know the narrator’s name until chapter 35.
The story is very sexist, but despite that, there are a lot of truths about the battle of the sexes that many men (and women) will recognise, even if they don’t want to admit it.
In short, The Daddy Game is one of those uncomfortable novels that you see some truth in, but would not like to admit to in public.
As far as the style is concerned, I thought that the cover was in keeping with the content, although not immediately obviously so. The contents do not appear to have been professionally edited, because there are many mistakes, although the grammar and spelling is so haphazard that it is difficult to know.
For example, why were only some words intentionally spelled phonetically but not others? Why ‘eva’ and ‘neva’, but not ‘fa’ (far)?
All in all, I am glad I read The Daddy Game, but it is not the type of book that I really like, and it is written in a grammatical style that is inconsistent and alien to me. A professional editor could easily correct most of these, perhaps not errors, but confusions.
I liked The Daddy Game, but I can’t really recommend it, hand on heart, which is what the narrator says about certain aspects of his lifestyle.
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