“The guy from another league” by Kristina Gallo – book review

From the start, the author is playing with the motives of acceptable, and then it misleads us into thinking that everything is normal and sheds light on a rarely discussed topic of sex diseases. This segment is used to clarify the plot of the novella, shows us the vivid imagery of how it looks like to be in a specific type of trouble. We learn that the choices the heroine made were poor; ergo the aftereffect of it resulted with her going to the gynecologist. Subconsciously, we get to see that she met a wrong guy, a ‘guy from another league’. All of this serves as a strong opening on the topic of people’s correlation and ‘love interest’ behavior.

Later on, we get to see how she came to that position, what happened to her and what the bad choices she made were. The setting is based in the Eastern Europe; therefore we get the genuine personalities that are relatable by their troubles. It could be hard to really connect with every character in the story, because they are truly made on their own conditions and behave on the expected manner given the fact they are vastly different by traits. Even so, the functioning of the side characters like Robert, Damir, Lana, Helena, Dean and Ivana shines in through the story, all giving a function to the plot-line that revolves around Davor and Renata.

If you wanted to know of how the friendship structure is building up socially, you first need to understand that Slavic folk are very open with their friends and are not afraid to pull any topic in their inner circle. The story is full with friend’s compassion and understanding, sometimes even negative restrain as it can happen in real life. We get the judgment, the disgust and hatred at parts, but the energy is set to one steady speed, so the story goes fluently.

I must stay a bit longer on the subject of friendship, because this is so much more in Slavic world. You can expect every emotion in plethora of emotions from your friends, because Slavic type of friend truly cares about the people he is with, something close to the ‘mothering level’ of concern. This sort of attention is present throughout the novella and I really loved to see it presented as is. At one point, it made me recall the similar situation I was in, on one side taking advises, and in the next being the wise one who laid down the instructions.

This is not a love story; even we get a lot of the elements of romance. I’d say that this novella easily falls under the ‘regret story’, a call for future lovers to learn on the mistakes that our heroine Renata has committed during her quest of finding a soul mate.

If we dive deep into the plot, expect metaphoric symbolism, the league is not set above the heroine’s grasp, it is set below her, thus portraying the obvious mistake. She is determined to finish the college, while the guy is a villager with no perspective in life, yet he is a womanizer and that is one of the known stereotypes we get acquainted to. Girls love bad boys, but in this case, a complete dirt bag with the same mentality. To this, the obvious question arises: Why are women attracted to such people? I’ll ask one more: If women are supposed to be smarter, how come they take wrong picks? And yes, I do understand that girls like wild spirits, look for the beast to tame, a broken man to fix, but we all learned that is a fool’s errant. Changing somebody is an impossible task, however, the only person we can influence are us, meaning you can only correct yourself and no other human. It is truly a troublesome theme to let your mind loose at. The answers to these questions do remain hidden, as the answers are various depended on a personal experience. Everybody has to find their own answer. This could be also the moral of the story.

There is a conflict of attitude at play. Not everybody can see the event the same way and there’s the place where friendly correspondence shows the problem – mostly through the dialog. I’ll have to say that some dialog are not heavy with emotions like others are, and they have no drive of the plot, but they do build the characters, so they are not completely useless. You can also spot the difference in girl to girl talk and talk among tree friends, setting it rather social than personal. I find this authentic presentation of friendship and relations among people.

The author is also playing with the narrative seen from two worlds, a recognition of the real time and situation the characters linger in and the attitude that is being fabricated from the general experience – the character’s growth. If anything, this is well presented reaction to mind games and hits below the waist. There is some foul play threaded in the pages, a reflection of heated emotions producing bad decisions. The consequences are also highlighted and the reaction of the people involved. You can really see the world of social connections and the microcosm they have weaved in like brain cells.

At the end, we can see the opposite perspective and a form of conclusion to the story. This is the part I’ve found it flopped, because the point of view is almost the same as the authors’, or should I say Renata’s side. This is a problem when author is switching from the third person to first person point of view. She failed to see the problem through the eyes of the culprit and left me with this ‘nice try feel’.

The general motive of the story, idea and execution was enough to entertain me for a few hours as it was a fast read and well made. Yes, there are some troubling word constructions that could be made better, but that is the job for an editor. Still, I find this novella speaking to me in active voice, calls for attention in a pleasant, non violent way, sets the problem nicely into the frame and leaves me searching for the answers, which is the goal of every author that ever wrote anything. The plot is strong, almost vivid at the times when the conflict culminates into a reflection of my former mistakes. If I had to rate this, I’d give it the solid 7, with exception that some revision has to be made and restructured at the outlines, but not the core.


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3 thoughts on ““The guy from another league” by Kristina Gallo – book review

  1. I like this review!
    And the topic could be totally reversed… and actually this famous journalist did! I am talking about why men love bitches… it’s the book that changed my life 😂

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