Synopsis: Tommy Kelly is a deep thinker for a nine-year-old and can’t understand why the United States has never had a male president. After he is kicked out of school for defending men’s rights, his strict grandmother sends him to Catholic school as a disciplinary action. There, he is taught the story of Eve and Adam and why God created men to serve and submit to women.
Tommy has several eye-opening experiences regarding gender inequality after his father becomes entangled in an abusive relationship, and his mother marries a much younger man. Despite the absence of strong male role models in his life, will Tommy learn to value himself in a world where men are second-class citizens?
Thoughts: This was a fun read, and yet at the same time one that makes you stop and think. As the subtitle says, "What if God had created Eve first?" However, this is not a feminist book in my estimation. It is a book about humanity, and how we ALL deserve to be treated better--men, women and children.
There are a lot of social issues found throughout this book: abusive relationships, divorced parents and their relationship (or lack of one) with their children, equal rights for both genders, etc. The story also touches on how some people are always looking for a wealthier partner, or a younger one, or a more powerful one.
I love the main character, Tommy, as well as his sister Ruthie. In the end, it is Tommy, a nine year old boy, who seems destined to show society the error of their ways.
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
My rating: Four stars