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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

REVIEW: Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer @aspark7 @skyhorsepub

Match Made in Manhattan
by Amanda Stauffer

Thanks to the lovely author for this fantastic and hilarious copy to review!

Publisher:  Skyhorse Publishing
Publishing: January 23, 2018
Pages: 320
Genres:  Contemporary, Humor


After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles' scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she's dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.

Giving them each her signature "pants speech"--her pants aren't coming off unless she has a real connection with someone--she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding "the one" is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she's dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?

Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.

My Review:

Let me just cut to the chase with this one. This may not be for everyone because if you don't live in Manhattan and its very eclectic group of people and don't find online dating particularly fun (which I don't actually), you might not find this relatable.... but boy oh boy did I have FUN with this!

Yes, there are a TON of guys in this book. You can't keep track. Quite frankly, you don't want to. And I can empathize with Alison on so many levels. It's hard to give guys a proper chance when 1. you don't particularly want to judge a person based on their picture and their blurb on an online dating site and 2. you're just NOT ready for this type of "dating" and aren't giving it 100%. But... you give it a go because why not? Your friends have had success with online dating and finding someone "organically" just ain't cutting it anymore. 

I've tried online dating once or twice and have NOT had good experiences. One guy looked absolutely NOTHING like his picture. NOTHING. And then proceeded to talk my ear off without giving me a chance to interject and then told me I didn't pass his "three question rule". Um, yeah, you bet your ass I asked about this rule. "If you spend at least two hours with someone and they haven't asked you at least three questions about yourself, then they're clearly not interested... but you were close! You asked two!" Cut to a month later with a text from said guy, "Um, so, where did we end up?".... "I didn't pass your three question rule."..."Oh, ok." DELETE. The other guy was polar opposite of what I had said I wanted in my profile (note to e-harmony, you SUCK). And the third and last... well he was actually quite normal - this time it was my fault. I simply was just NOT ready. Lessons learned. (Disclaimer - this happened YEARS ago and I probably will never try it again.)

So, yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were some laugh out loud moments and some cringe worthy moments. Quite frankly, this is one of those where you're just going to have to find out for yourself if you like it or not. I could relate in so many ways. You may not. However, if you like reading about some amazingly horrible first dates... it's well worth it just for these incidents. ;)


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