Originally Posted by treadlightly
I like hearing how a story works from both a male and female view. I have read a number of books written by male authors where the female's behaviour didn't ring true to me. Did you feel that Jamie didn't behave as a man actually might?
You got it! I had a hard time believing Jamie was thinking or acting like a man most of the book and particularly from that time era.
I've had a hard time in the past when female authors write in the first person from a male perspective. Larry's Party by Carol Shields comes to mind; a highly acclaimed book, but I always felt like Larry was thinking like a woman. More recently The Antagonist by Lynn Coady did the same.
I felt that Jamie thought and acted like a woman most of the book. I'm not a prude and I don't have a problem with some sexual detail, but how Jamie lost his virginity, while performing like a sensitive pro was just laughable.