Henry / Nonfiction / Travel Writing

No Touch Monkey by Ayun Halliday


No touch monkey???  Yikes!  No touch book!

I generally enjoy reading fun and crazy travel books, so how could I pass up the opportunity to pick up a book called “No Touch Monkey”?  Unfortunately, for a book that seems to bill itself as a humorous compilation of comical misadventures and innocent faux paus, the author instead seems to spend an inordinate amount of time throughout the first few chapters complaining about her boyfriend and explaining to the reader just how much more fun than him she is.

It’s very rare for me to put down a book without finishing it, but in this case I made an exception.  I don’t think I ever even made it past page 100, and the book is only 273 pages long!  There was simply far too much negativity in this one for me to hang in there until the end.  Might it have gotten better?  Yes, but for me it simply wasn’t worth struggling though the mire of ill will and bad feelings, simply for the privilege of finding out.  Trust me on this one, there are far better travel books out there that would be much more worth your while.

The verdict on “No Touch Monkey”?  (As if you couldn’t already guess!)  Allow me to save you some time and give this book a pass.  Check out some of our other travel books and stay tuned for future recommendations!

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