Published: April, 2011
Author: Lisa Becker
Buy The Book: B&N
Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with “my buddies and I were out drinking one night,” to the egotistical B celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.
I absolutely adored this book! It’s unique, fresh, and funny, and had me up until the wee hours of the morning. I would have finished it in one sitting if my eyes weren’t screaming and begging for sleep. This was a light and quick read and I couldn’t put it down.
The book is written as a series of emails between friends and dating prospects. It chronicles the life of Renee Greene as she embarks on various online dating adventures, and shares all of her dating mishaps, failures, and successes with her three best friends. I have to say the only book that parallels this one in format, that I’ve read, was Phone Calls by R.L. Stine. But of course in this day and age it’s all about electronic communication. So the book as all emails was a new and pretty damn cool idea.
Plagued by her impending 30th birthday with no boyfreind, and no prospect to speak of, Renee agrees to try online dating with one of her good friends, Mark. While she thinks twice about it, she eventually concedes and jumps headfirst into the online dating world. Her first encounter could have really scared her off, but she sucks it up and keeps on trucking.
I loved all of the characters in this book. Even the characters whose personalities I wasn’t fond of. Becker did an amazing job of making each character distinct with their own flaws and quirks. I quickly got to the point where I didn’t have to read who sent an email because each of their personalities always came through in their words. Renee was sweet, a little silly, and had some self esteem issues. Shelly was hilarious, aggressive, and alway down for some fun. You could call her the good time girl, and I swear she could Samantha from Sex and The City to shame. Ashley is a little snobbish and prude, while Mark is kind, but a bit uptight and anal. The correspondance between Renee and Shelly had me laughing out loud more than a few times. And some of the dates Renee went on made for good email fodder.
I love that Renee kept the core of who she was as a person but really eneded up growing from her online dating experience. She started out as a very nice and sweet woman who did not like confrontation or hurting people’s feelings. And while she still wasn’t fond of hurting people’s feelings, she did learn how to confront her problems head on and not ignore them or turn tail and run. There were parts where she got downright sassy, and I loved it. I also liked that she was willing to open her self up to new things and new experiences even though many of them didn’t turn out how she would have liked. There is a nice little twist in the end that adds a little spice and complication to the story, but everything falls into place nicely.
Click: An Online Love Story was a great book about friendship, hope, and most of all finding love in unexpected places. It’s a great story and I recommend you go and pick it up! I hope this author will be writing more novels.
Favorite Quote: “Online dating in LA is no different than regular dating in LA. All of the good guys want the other good guys”
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