by Stacey Ballis

April 2004
ISBN: 0-373-25055-X
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Despite the fact her marriage is hanging by a thread, Sidney Stein has no problem whatsoever with having an extramarital relationship, even an affair with one of her fatherís business partners, a married man several years older than herself, Geoffrey Fahl. Even though Geoffrey gives her no promises for tomorrow, Sidney begins to fall in love with him.

Upon the end of her marriage, Sidney realizes she deserves more than a mere layover with Geoffrey and hesitantly and painfully ventures into the unpredictable world of dating. In between lusting after David Letterman and going on several enlightening dates, Sidney discovers that the only real thing inappropriate about men is the feeling that a woman is not capable of living without one.

Without a doubt, Inappropriate Men is one of the best books of 2004. Stacey Ballis has a way with words. Effortlessly, she makes them exciting and pulls the reader into the life of one of the most engaging characters ever created, Sidney Stein, an outspoken, vibrant woman who doesnít mind voicing her opinion. And lucky for us, Sidney has a lot to say, and even when it makes sense and hits home, it still manages not to offend and in many cases, comes across as downright hilarious. With Sidney, readers can laugh and cry at the same time. If Sidney wasnít enough, Ballis fills the novel with other memorable players like Sidneyís witty brother, Adam, and the sexually inept Joe.

The only thing I didnít enjoy about this book was the poetry. Although I believe Stephanie Ballis is a wonderful poet and I enjoyed several of her poems, I felt the poetry was out of place here. Despite its presence though, Stacey Ballis is still a force to be reckoned with in the literary world. Her fresh voice, captivating writing skill, and talent for creating unique and exciting characters are three factors guaranteed to insure that anything she writes is a standout on any bookshelf.

Reviewed in March 2004 by Natasha.

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