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Reviewed by Susana Pena for Readers' Favorite
His PhD is in Hypocrisy: And Other Poems about My Crappy Ex-Boyfriend by Tayo Oredein is a book of poems that revolves around a Muslim guy named Steven. The author used to be madly in love with him, and she takes us on a poetic journey through their roller coaster relationship. She pours her heart out as she recalls all of the immense love she once felt for Steven, as well as the times when confusion, lack of trust, and anxiety plagued her mind. Tayo was head over heels in love with Steven, and she was looking forward to being his future wife. Steven ends up breaking her heart when he cheats behind her back with another woman. The author has a very hard time getting over this hurtful relationship. But in the end, she triumphs by learning to live without Steven. She heals herself from all of the hurt, loneliness, and sadness that he caused her.
The rocky relationship that took place between author Tayo Oredein and her boyfriend Steven is vividly recalled in this work. The author takes us on a journey that starts with her falling madly in love with Steven; he is her happiness and true love. Then, Steven betrays her, and she is deeply hurt. In the end, Tayo finally has the courage to let go of this unhealthy relationship, and time heals her deeply punctured wounds. The poet's raw emotions that she experienced throughout her relationship with Steven were so vividly described, and I felt her pain. I think a lot of women can relate to this book because many people have experienced this type of relationship at one point in their lives, especially with their first true love. Falling in love, being cheated on, getting hurt, and finding the courage to move on, is - unfortunately - very common in the real world.