Official Review: Daddy 3.0 by Rob Armstrong

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.
Forum rules
While in the forum's younger and less active days this used to be the one and only forum for "reviews and discussions about specific books", this is now just the subforum "other fiction" in a more well-organized "reviews and discussions about specific books" section with subforums for each genre. Check it out! :) Remember, the forums in the reviews section (including this forum) are for posting about a single book or series in topic, and the topic title should include the book's title. If you are creating a new topic, please try to post it in one of the other genres rather than posting it here in the "other fiction" section. This is only for books that do not fit in any of the other genre categories we have listed.
User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Official Review: Daddy 3.0 by Rob Armstrong

Post by bookowlie » 03 Jan 2017, 18:50

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Daddy 3.0" by Rob Armstrong.]
Book Cover
3 out of 4 stars
Share This Review


Daddy 3.0: A Comedy of Errors by Rob Armstrong is a humorous novel about a New York City transplant’s experiences as Mr. Mom to his three-year-old twin daughters. Nick’s wife Liz has a surgical fellowship with long hours. After losing his tech job, Nick becomes the primary caregiver to his children, at least for the foreseeable future. Add a group of stay-at-home moms to the mix and you have the recipe for a first-rate comedy.

The highlights here are the author’s easygoing, conversational writing style and intelligent wit. I felt like the main character was an old friend chatting with me over coffee about the recent changes in his life - the move from San Francisco and being a stay-at-home dad. I quickly became absorbed in his daily challenges of taking care of the twins with little to no help from his wife.

Nick is a likable, nuanced character who finds himself in the unlikely position of navigating the waters of full-time childcare. It doesn’t help that his daughters Claire and Maude are often unruly in public. The twins’ antics in restaurants are vividly written, as plates go flying and a turtle is removed from a restaurant’s aquarium. I did find it a little unrealistic that financially-strapped Nick continued to dine out with his daughters so frequently, particularly knowing how they acted.

Liz is dismissive toward her husband and doesn’t seem interested in taking responsibility for her daughters except for the easy tasks. If the girls are disruptive at a restaurant in her presence, Liz would scold Nick as if he is not doing his “job.” In fact, she finds fault with pretty much everything he does, as does her rude, sarcastic family when they visit for Thanksgiving. I absolutely could not stand Liz and would have liked her to be less one-dimensional. Also, the use of epithets for the stay-at-home moms is a little annoying – for example, Supermom, Good Heart, Lion Tamer, and Nifty-Fifty Wife. It feels a little contrived and gives these supporting characters an impersonal feel.

The pacing is slow with overly detailed descriptions. The author paints a clear picture of a man adjusting to a different lifestyle and keeping his children busy on a shoestring budget. However, there is an overabundance of play-by-play action and dialogue in many scenes. I became impatient for the plot to move forward, even when the vignettes were interesting.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The writing sparkles and there are more than a few laugh-out-loud moments. There are a handful of technical errors (missing words, homophones, missing/extra apostrophes), although nothing that is too distracting. Fans of contemporary fiction would enjoy this story. I look forward to reading more books by this debut author.

******
Daddy 3.0
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like bookowlie's review? Post a comment saying so!
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
gali
Site Admin
Posts: 24896
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: Sea of Rust
Bookshelf Size: 1697
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-gali.html
Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
Reading Device: B00I15SB16
2017 Reading Goal: 100
Goal Completion: 111
fav_author_id: 2484
Location: Lost in a good book

Post by gali » 04 Jan 2017, 07:39

Sounds like a cute book. I am glad you enjoyed the book despite the slow pace.

Thank you for the great review!
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Post by bookowlie » 04 Jan 2017, 10:51

Thanks Gali! It was odd - the writing was really good and the storyline was interesting. It's just that too many of the scenes went on too long.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
LivreAmour217
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1944
Joined: 02 Oct 2014, 12:42
Favorite Author: Too many to count
Favorite Book: Ditto
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 182
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-livreamour217.html
Latest Review: "My Life" by Doug Shepardson
2017 Reading Goal: 60
Goal Completion: 125
Location: Kentucky-Tennessee state line, USA

Post by LivreAmour217 » 04 Jan 2017, 11:16

Thank you for another insightful review, Bookowlie! I like the premise of this book, but I'm concerned about the drawn-out pace of the writing. I might give this one a chance, but there's a possibility that I'll end up not finishing it.
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Post by bookowlie » 04 Jan 2017, 11:25

Thanks Livre! It's hard to explain the pacing. I can't say that the writing dragged. Instead, it was more like the writing had a nice flow, but the scenes went on too long.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
Wasif Ahmed
Posts: 654
Joined: 19 Sep 2016, 22:00
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Currently Reading: Raven's Peak
Bookshelf Size: 103
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-wasif-ahmed.html
Latest Review: "Maram" by DR.Abdulrahman Saied Abubaker
Reading Device: B00THRCA6E
2017 Reading Goal: 200
Goal Completion: 22
fav_author_id: 1778
Location: Someplace.

Post by Wasif Ahmed » 04 Jan 2017, 12:29

Comedy is a genre i enjoy reading. I may give this book a try.
A great and well written review.
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Post by bookowlie » 08 Jan 2017, 12:09

Thanks Wasif! The book was very enjoyable even though I wanted to slap the wife and her family a few times. They were so rude and annoying!
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
klbradley
Bookshelves Moderator
Posts: 1794
Joined: 10 Oct 2015, 21:45
Favorite Book: The Bridges of Madison County
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 274
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-klbradley.html
Latest Review: "Sally Gets a Curly Horse" by Ron Gale
Reading Device: 1400697484
2017 Reading Goal: 50
Goal Completion: 100
Location: Kentucky

Post by klbradley » 09 Jan 2017, 22:48

Great review!
As a parent, I always enjoy hearing the funny tales that others share about their children. I'm sure this is one I would enjoy! My son is always entertaining, and his five-year-old sense of humor is the best! I'm looking foward to reading this one!
"Every day is Halloween, isn't it? For some of us.. " -Tim Burton

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Post by bookowlie » 10 Jan 2017, 09:35

Thanks! The kids' antics in the story are sometimes funny, the biggest laughs come from the interactions between the adults. :)
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
CatInTheHat
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 1087
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: Shattered Lives
Bookshelf Size: 422
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-catinthehat.html
Latest Review: "Tales from a Mad Man's Wife" by Marilyn Miller Skylar
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 105

Post by CatInTheHat » 12 Jan 2017, 14:16

bookowlie wrote:Thanks Wasif! The book was very enjoyable even though I wanted to slap the wife and her family a few times. They were so rude and annoying!
I love it when characters make me want to interact with them. In some ways, it makes them more real.
Life without a good book is something the CatInTheHat cannot imagine.


Grateful to get the opportunity to explore new books with those in the OBC.

User avatar
Elaine5
Posts: 216
Joined: 19 Aug 2016, 15:58
Currently Reading: Great Expectations
Bookshelf Size: 46
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-elaine5.html
Latest Review: "The pact with the Devil" by Robert J. DeLuca
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Location: Western Quebec, Canada

Post by Elaine5 » 13 Jan 2017, 05:12

I haven't read a comedy in a while ... sounds like this might not be the one to read but I enjoyed your review.

User avatar
bookowlie
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6429
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 258
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: "The Amazing A-Muse-ing Lillian" by Maria Bakalis
2017 Reading Goal: 52
Goal Completion: 100

Post by bookowlie » 13 Jan 2017, 09:13

Thanks Elaine5 and CatintheHat for the nice feedback. :)
CatintheHat, the wife and her family seemed so over the top with their sarcastic, rude comments. I wish they would have been a little more appreciative of everything Nick did.
As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction. - Irish blessing

User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
Posts: 4703
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Currently Reading: Anastasia's Book of Days
Bookshelf Size: 432
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-hsimone.html
Latest Review: "Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge" by Norman Whaler
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU
2017 Reading Goal: 100
Goal Completion: 113
Publishing Contest Votes: 27
fav_author_id: 1778
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)
Contact:

Post by hsimone » 14 Jan 2017, 06:19

Another great review, bookowlie! I don't think I've read a Mr. Mom story before, but it seems like a good comedy. I can understand that if his girls are unruly in public, then it would be unrealistic that Nick would take them out often. Too bad about the pacing and errors, but I'm glad that you were able to enjoy it!
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4

Hneite
Posts: 92
Joined: 12 May 2016, 06:36
Currently Reading: Eon
Bookshelf Size: 43
Reading Device: B00NBOYRNS
2017 Reading Goal: 0

Post by Hneite » 14 Jan 2017, 06:26

This book is probably not for me. Kids humorous antics might be fun but not combined with a somewhat slow pace and contemporary setting. I can't really relate to single dads. So I'm gonna pass on this one. Great rewiev though.

User avatar
jamesabr
Posts: 319
Joined: 08 Dec 2016, 18:37
Currently Reading: The Gulf
Bookshelf Size: 45
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-jamesabr.html
Latest Review: "Adam Exitus" by Nicholas Abdilla
Reading Device: 1400697484
2017 Reading Goal: 12
Goal Completion: 66

Post by jamesabr » 14 Jan 2017, 06:41

Liz's character sounds absolutely flat and dreadful, but the idea of a dad among stay-at-homes sounds like it could be great fun! Can you tell me why he's called Daddy 3.0 instead of 2.0, or should I read the book to find out?

Post Reply

Return to “Other Fiction Forum”