Changing the Little Things by J.L. Manning is a book that is about changing small actions to affect those around you. The synopsis of this novel is quite short. A man, working on writing his novel, starts an online chat room to help people manipulate others to better suit their wishes. He starts a chat room to help people learn tricks to changing people. Each person is aiming to make someone close to them more likable; friends, family, coworkers. So they chat once a week and come up with ways to fix others instead of working on themselves.
This book is really not that great, in fact I hate to say it, but it is terrible. It wasnt just the lack of plot that made it bad, but also the scripted writing which was awkward and difficult to read. It was written in a very strict manner, but occasionally the author threw in common slang terms or acronyms like LOL. Some of them were less common though and left me wondering what the author was saying. Pretty much all of this novel was people complaining about how others need to work around them and how they could change them to make their own lives better. I was not fond of the idea, but the execution of this book made it so much worse. One good thing though: There were some insightful ideas on the small daily effects we have on others without even realizing, and the ability be have to influence everyone around us.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Minnetonka, Minnesota United States