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Sunday, June 4, 2017

#CJSReads Review: Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz @GrandCentralPub @RickiSchultz

Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz
Grand Central Publishing
Releases 6/6/17

A book outside my genre (BOMG!) - every once in a while you need that palate cleanser from all the thrillers and I veer to either YA or chic-lit/rom-coms.  Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't - take a peek below and see what we thought

Big thanks to Grand Central Publishing for our advanced copies in return for our honest reviews.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rae Wallace would rather drown in a vat of pinot greezh and be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle--even if it is her best friend's wedding. She's too busy molding the minds of first graders and polishing that ol' novel in the drawer to waste time on any man, unless it's Jason Segel.

But when her be-fris stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they've hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online. She's skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she's out to prove she hasn't been too picky with men.
However, when a familiar fella's profile pops up--the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work (Nick)--Rae swipes herself right into a new problem...

My Review:

Quinn's getting married and her only stipulation is that Rae find a date to bring to the wedding. Val, the third BFF and married, agrees with Quinn and they decide Rae needs to get on the dating app, Spark. Rae, coming off a relationship that hurt her deeply, is jaded but agrees to try Spark. Finding a match, she lets her guard down a bit .. but then there's Nick, a friend who she establishes a friendly rapport with who gets under her skin. I think we can all see where this book is going to go, right?

The opening paragraph talking about tequila being "...pure, unadulterated DGAF juice.." cracked me up! While I veer towards rom-coms as palate cleansers, they don't always work. The issues I had with this novel: 1. Way too many acronyms such as DGAF. 2. Way too many hashtags #why? 3. I couldn't figure out how old these women were - they seemed older, but spoke like they were much younger. 4. The excessive use of the word "yanno". Things I loved: 1. Some extremely funny parts. 2. Rae felt relatable and her relationship with her BFFs were realistic, even if dramatic at times.

Don't get me wrong - as fluffy, easy, romantic comedies go, this is a fantastic debut. If you want an easy, beach read that will have you laughing, I'd say this book is for you. If (what I call) teen speak gets annoying for you, you'll probably be turned off. Yanno? :)

Jessica's Thoughts:

Mr Right Swipe by Ricki Schultz was a genre cleanser for me - gotta have something lighthearted mixed in with all the thrillers! This is definitely a book I can see people either loving or not - I don't really see a middle ground. If you don't want to read hashtags then I'd say move on (I know that can throw a lot of people or when texting abbreviations are used). But if you want to read about a snarky and funny heroine, then this is for you!
Rae Wallace is witty and sarcastic woman. She's too focused on molding the minds of 1st graders and potentially finishing her novel - she doesn't have any time or energy to waste on a man. However, when her friends decide enough is enough, they make her create a profile for an online dating app. While skeptical, she's out to prove her friends wrong that she's not too picky with men. She runs into a problem though, when Nick's profile pops up (the hot substitute teacher at her school) and she swipes right.

With some of the slang, abbreviations, and hashtags used I can definitely see this turning off some people. Typically I try not to read reviews before reading, but I'm a little glad that I glanced at some so that I knew to expect this. I know that if I hadn't, I probably would have been turned off by it and gone with more in the 3.5 star range. While Rae can come off as selfish at times, she ends up as a character you can relate to and like. Her use of the app is great and how she interacts with some of the profiles on there - if you've used it then you'll appreciate it! Some great secondary characters and friendships thrown in made for a good light, quick, and genre cleansing read.
If you want something more contemporary and can handle the hashtags and text speak, then I'd recommend this!
I give this 4/5 stars! I enjoyed it for what it was.

Sam's Thoughts:

I’m always looking for a solid palette cleanser and Mr. Right Swipe, by Ricki Schultz, seemed like just the book to give me a little something different!  Rae is looking to find love after her divorce the 21st century way:  by going online.  When one of her hot co-workers ends up on her dating app, she swipes herself right into a new problem! 

There were lots of funny moments in this book and some one-liners that had me laughing out loud.  Ricki Schultz is clearly quick witted and that transfers over to her prose.

However, so much of this book seemed so young.   Half of the time I struggled with the way the characters spoke and I struggled with the use of the hashtags. #ifeeltoooldforthis #idontneedthisasimreading  For a character that is in her early thirties, I felt like this made no sense and it didn’t feel as if they were being used ironically.  I kept picturing her as Amy Poehler in Mean Girls (you know where she states she isn’t a regular mom, she’s a cool mom).  I think I would have loved this novel WAY more if the language would have made more sense for a thirty something or if the character would have been in their early twenties.  I couldn’t take Rae seriously.

I gave this one 2.5/5 stars. 

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