The Slap Isn’t Smut

I picked up The Slap because I thought it made it into Oprah’s Book Club but on my fact checking mission, I couldn’t confirm that is was! Picking a book from Oprah’s list is a pretty safe bet because she won’t back a book until it’s won every other literary away – including the really exclusive ones that many of us never hear about. Maybe it never made it to the list because there were many negative reviews on Amazon calling the book “smut” of all things.

The Slap isn’t smut. Yes, there’s a fair bit of swearing and violence and sex – sometimes consecutively, but the reader also gets a really good look into all the characters’ thoughts. And like all good three-dimensional characters, their thoughts are occasionally dark.

Perhaps what Amazon readers really found outrageous and “smutty” was that you really don’t like any of the characters. Sure the men in the story are portrayed as chauvanistic pigs (that choose to cry at incovenient times) so you don’t like them. But even the women who are lied to, cheated on and even beaten by the men they love, are really hard to love. I found them all incredibly annoying.

 

But as much as we hate the characters, we can also relate to all of their character flaws and inconsistencies. We are all empowered just enough for someone, usually ourselves, to tear us down. In this story, it’s a simple slap of a child that breaks everyone down. The Slap is dark at times but it’s not smut. I recommend this book to anyone that finds really cute couples annoying.

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