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Review: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker
Wednesday June 22, 2011 at 12:02 am |

Publisher: CreateSpace
Copyright: 2010
Published: April, 2011
Pages: 280
Form: Paperback
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.

My Thoughts:

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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13 Responses to “Review: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker”

  1. This seems similar to BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, which I really liked. My only question, is there an HEA or a satisfying ending?

  2. Brie says:

    Hi Jade!
    If you like epistolary books you should read More Than Love Letters by Rosy Thorton and of course Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Those two are incredible books. I’m checking this one out, it sounds really good.

  3. Jade Jade says:

    @ Jennifer, I’m sorry I’m a little ignorant…whats an HEA? But for me, the ending was satisfying.

    @ Brie, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll write those titles down and look into them.

  4. BookBelle says:

    This sounds so much like the type of book I love to read. I really have to go find it. Thanks for a great review! Belle

  5. Jade Jade says:

    @ Belle, I think you’ll enjoy it and it’s a quick read.

  6. This one sounds very unique and interesting. How did you find it. I had never heard of it. I like the cover for some reason that I can’t describe.

  7. Jade Jade says:

    @ Alexis, actually the author contacted me and asked me to review it. I’m still not sure how she found my site. But it sounded interesting so I accepted, and I’m glad I did. And the cover is cute in a very clean and simple way.

  8. Jade,
    I see you are reading the Mistress’s Revenge…I love the review you wrote for Click and I’ll be curious to see if you see any similarities between these two books as the Mistress’s Revenge is current too – ie Facebook, email….etc.

  9. Jade Jade says:

    @ Brenda, I can’t believe I’m reading a book so soon after that is different, but similar in format. I’ve only gotten 50 pages into TMR, but so far I’m loving it. I think both ladies found an innovative new way to bring an audience a story.

  10. Dee says:

    Hi Jade,

    As the author of an online dating book, I’m always on the look out for other books on the topic. Thanks to your review, I’ll definitely be checking Click out.

  11. HEA – Happily Ever After

    I bought Click and it was a fun read, thanks for the review!

  12. Jade Jade says:

    @ Jennifer, thanks! I figured it out not too long after I asked! And I’m glad you enjoyed it and that my review was helpful.

  13. I just wanted to let you know that I included a link to your review in my own post. Thanks so much for the recommendation!