Synopsis: As her thirtieth birthday approaches, Renee realizes that she doesn’t even have a prospective boyfriend let alone a husband. Feeling a bit desperate, she allows her friends to talk her into trying online dating and starts an adventure filled with hideous “frogs”… and maybe Mr Right?
Format: The entire novel is a series of emails between Renee, her three friends -Mark, Ashley, and Shelley- as well as potential online dates. It is unusual, but actually seems to work; its the epistolary novel of the 21st Century.
Writing Style: The various emails are unexpectedly easy to follow as the characters’ personalities are so diverse that it isn’t often necessary to even check who the email is from. Lisa Becker has managed to make each of the four friends so distinct that “their” writing style is immediately discernible.
Plot: The book really hits upon the dread a girl feels when closing in on her thirtieth birthday. just like in reality, many women start to feel desperate to find a guy, as they planned to be married with children by that age.
DiY: Throw a Valentine’s Blue Party for all your single friends. You get together to dress up in blue clothes, drink booze, and chat about your single status.
Romance: Renee’s attempt to find the love of her life is a funny yet realistic comedy of errors. While hoping Renee will finally click with someone, in the back of your mind is how things might hilariously go wrong. When Renee finally meets Ethan, it looks like happily-ever-after is in the air, when really the roller coaster has just begun.
Point of View: This book is written from the perspective of the four best friends; Renee the single girl, Ashley the priss, Shelley the partier, and Mark the OCD.
Character: Shelley is the girl who always ends her dates the next morning, yet is the best friend a girl could love. She’s the one that you could always live vicariously through for all the things you would never do yourself. At the same time, Shelley is also supportive, loving, and always there for both drinks and advice.
Note to the Reader: Don’t expect to know how things are going to end. This book is chick lit with a side of romance and a twist.
Quote: I give these flowers to you to show you how I miss the warmth of your heart and the entrancing beauty of your eyes… My heart skips a beat every time I think about you.
The Verdict: I was literally laughing out loud at the antics these friends and their dates got up to. I would definitely recommend this to my best friends and I’m still trying to figure out which of my friends’ personalities match up with these four fantastic characters.
Would you or have you ever tried online dating to find your perfect match? Or even just for fun?