My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fuckboy. A term used to describe a man whose dealings with women is far from respectable. For Solomon Hillfleet, it became more than just that. It became a way of life. In the book, Hillfleet takes us through the mind of a fuckboy using accounts from his own experiences dating and those of his close friends. Starting with friendship and ending with love, the memoirs use each experience to provide gems of knowledge for the reader and helps them to understand the mindset of a misunderstood group. Gripping and unapologetic, it is an honest look at the relationship dynamics of the 21st century. The culture of online dating, ghosting and other elements are examined. It forces the reader to answer the questions: What is a fuckboy? Am I one? And if so is it my fault? Beginning at 18 and leading up until 30, Hillfleet examines the male psyche and tackles topics such as toxic masculinity, self-worth, misogyny and eventually self-love.
"I wrote to free myself" Solomon H.
This is in a sense a coming of age story without the fiction aspect. I don't normally review nonfiction, but this was a request. I think that Solomon was transparent in the delivery of his dating experiences and his point of view of the relationships with the women. To my understanding, this was not the exploits of an "F" Boy, but of a young man simply finding his way. I think the purpose was clearly outlined well and the content was relevant and plentiful. As this was from the male perspective, you didn't get an honest look at the women who played a part in his growth. However, it worked. There were issues with editing, formatting, and flow. Some of the passages came across a built stilted. All in all, I would recommend this cautionary tale to anyone wanting an honest look at dating in today's culture when you're unsure of who you are and what direction you are going.
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About the Author
Samuel Wright is an author, educator, and speaker from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Fort Valley State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Education as well as a Masters of Arts in History. He is currently serving as an instructional coach at Dooly County High School in Vienna, Georgia and regularly writes on Medium under the pseudonym Solomon Hillfleet.
Educationally, Samuel adheres to the theory of social constructivism and uses his understanding of social issues to motivate students to succeed. Through a blended focus on literacy as well as history and sociology, he was able to achieve success in the classroom.
As a writer, he aims to bring awareness to social and cultural issues that millennials experience in this ever-changing and evolving world. His most recent work F*k Boy: Jaded Gems is a collection of memoirs focusing on important issues that plague male society today from hyper masculinity to male fragility.
Authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Carson McCullers are his literary inspirations and through his works, he hopes to provide perspective on the intersectional struggle and encourage dialogue.
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