Under Five (Jia’s review)

Title: Under Five
Author: Michael War
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: May 30th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 41,000 words
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Mike is good looking, charming, and has no trouble attracting men—as long as his clothes stay on. But the moment they come off, something always seems to go terribly wrong. When his sister takes him to a faith healer to fix the problem, he is provided with a spell—and left with a lot of doubts.

But after meeting Kevin, Mike decides to give the spell a try…

Under Five wasn’t quite what I expected, and I certainly did not expect the spell to work in that mysterious way. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t mention more about the content than that the spell gives Mike a chance to see himself in a different light. I was surprised at how fallible the characters were and that was one of the charms with this story. The way we see ourselves aren’t always how others see us, as Mike is to discover.

Under Five brings up how easy it can be to destroy someone’s self-worth and inspire doubts and insecurities. Mike learns his lesson in the end although I feel it comes a little out of the blue. Since this story is told in first person perspective there should be some hints to Mike actually thinking along those lines of thoughts in my opinion.

It’s an interesting book and as the reader I feel I experienced the same kind of feeling of denial he did when he learned how people really saw him.

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