I didn’t have a lot of expectations going into reading Stop Looking at Your Phone by Son of Alan, but I definitely didn’t imagine it would look as it does. I generally feel as though I’m being rather generous in giving this book three stars as a rating instead of two, however that is primarily due to the fact that the book did make me laugh a couple of times and so I think it’s fair to say that the humor is there to an extent. Unfortunately, the message is not as poignant as it might have been nor are the comics always completely sensible. There’s an implication that looking at one’s phone causes more problems than it actually does at times in order to get the humor across and I don’t think it always works the way the author intended.
The thing about this book that gets me is the fact that I would never buy it. It’s the sort of book that I would, if I noticed it at a bookstore, pick up and thumb through–possibly giggling a few things–and eventually return to the shelf because it served its purpose completely in that moment. It’s the kind of book that I’d wonder what someone was thinking for buying it. I don’t find it rereadable. Though, perhaps it would be fitting for a teenager who can’t put their phones down for more than five seconds. Still, I don’t see a lot of use coming out of it.
Stop Looking at Your Phone is a funny book that’s worth flipping through while browsing at the store, but not really for buying. I can see parents buying it as a sort of joke message for their teenage kids, but nothing much more than that. It doesn’t really bring a whole lot to the discussion of the dangers of looking at ones phone, but just tries to make it a bit humorous, if albeit a little unrealistic.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.