I review Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You at HTMLGiant.
“Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You bursts off the opening page with an intense stream of prose swathed in Hold Steady songs. The thirty-something narrator, Keith, is frenetic with lust and desires, and he also wants to have sex with his wife more often. Terse sentences spit out observations that meander between pithy and neurotically self-conscious. When confronted with an attractive intern who seems to be flirting with him, he wonders: “Why did I mention my wife. Why wouldn’t I mention her? The intern twirls her hair a little. Fuck, twirling hair is not good. Not good.”
“For a book that talks so much about pop, Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You sheds away facades, comes to terms with that lack of control, and embraces the ugliness of everyday life with the ease of a catchy pop song.”