*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author and Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: Are you looking for the perfect summer holiday read? Then you’ll love this laugh-out-loud comedy about the highs and lows of dating.
Izzy is a journalist who usually writes a technology column for a local newspaper. Her somewhat-intimidating boss William sets her the task of dating thirty-one men, via an internet dating site, all within a month, and writing about it for the paper.
Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend Donna, Izzy knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts and starts ticking them off as she meets the men.
Follow the ups and downs of the dating process including Tim ‘the Weeble’, whose date leads Izzy to see banoffee pie in a whole new light, Lawrence the super-skinny social worker, Felix with his bizarre penchant for Persian Piranhas, and ‘the music maestro but don’t talk about dead pets’ Jake.
By the end of the month, will Izzy have met Mr Right?
The idea of a-date-a-day for a month is an amazing one, and there was certainly plenty of scope for some humorous dating anecdotes as Izzy reels from one Mr No to another Mr Absolutely Not!
Morgen Bailey explores every possible permutation of dates gone wrong here, in a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek style. I was a bit anxious about the poor dates recognising themselves in the articles afterwards, and was therefore relieved that Izzy didn’t use the exercise as an opportunity to bash the men she met, but tried to be kind and balanced (and rely on ‘tekky stuff’ to pad her word count!). And the few that she did dig into thoroughly deserved a bit of a roasting for their obnoxious behaviour.
I did find the dates somewhat exhausting to read after a while, and was amazed Izzy had the energy and enthusiasm to make it through the whole thirty-one! Still despite the punishing pace of her work and social life, I quite envied Izzy’s life, with her dream job, her gadgets and her freedom to do as she pleases. I confess I wasn’t always quite sure why she would even want to bring another person into what seemed to me to be an idyllic set-up.
The one aspect of the book which didn’t quite ring true for me personally was the ending. After such a long and detailed plunge into Izzy’s personal requirements in a date/companion, I found the finale came somewhat out of the blue and I didn’t really believe in it enough. We had the whole story from Izzy’s own viewpoint and I didn’t see enough emotion in the direction she eventually swayed. In fact, I remained so firmly convinced that she would return to a particular previous date that I was quite stunned when she didn’t!
That minor quibble aside, this was a fun dating rom-com with some handy dos and don’ts as an added bonus. Not to be taken too seriously, but an ideal light read with a bit of summer sun and a fruity cocktail.
Take my friend Sarah, and her shopping list as long as… well, a shopping list, and if a man didn’t conform to it then he was toast. And whom did she end up with? A guy who ticked all the boxes? Correct. Sebastian ticked all the ‘don’t’ boxes. It goes to show that what you think you want and what you end up with are usually two different things. But then I’m not really looking, am I?
– Morgen Bailey, A Serial Dater’s Shopping List
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