Mr. Right Swipe by Ricki Schultz
After another set up date goes array, Rae’s best friends set her up on Spark a dating app that will hopefully help her find her Mr. Right. Over a slew of bad dates she may find him in the unexpected.
The book is rife with superlatives, hyperbole, and similes. Over and over throughout the book, comparisons between something and another were made to help carry the humor. While it does provide a nice chuckle, it made for poor writing as it happened repeatedly. The addition of cellphone and internet things help keep the book relevant to topic of dating online via an app. Between text messages, #klassy current accronyms such as GAF we’re reminded that the book is about a desperate 30-something year old trying to find the right guy, and we get the vibe of her inherit lower maturity level, especially when she mentions making the bed in the same vein of adulting. Overall, the writing had a feel of someone just retelling a really long story.
Now, I’ve never used one of these dating sites/apps because I’ve been (happily) married since I was 18 and that was back in the day when eHarmony was pretty much the major option for online dating (I think?). However, I have heard several horror online dating stories and obviously just bad date stories in general to find this completely hilarious in a very sad, sad way. Throughout we are given these sudden flash backs of prior romances from the men that has ultimately flung her into this dating debacle.
The main character’s name is Rae, so I jumped into this book expecting to love her and be excited about this book. But it didn’t take long for me to want to ditch the girl. Okay, so I know that in these romantic comedy chick lit books everyone is beautiful. But there were a few times where she made some serious shallow comments about some of the guys she was swiping on the app. Like I get general instant attraction, but oh my gosh I just wanted to strangle her for being such a jerk. Albeit there are a lot of real douchebags on those dating apps/sites, but she was way harsh on some seemingly nice sounding guys. Also, she was perpetually drinking or drunk. And even when she was at school she was popping Tylenol to help with a hang over. I’m not against recreational drinking or anything, but she just seemed to have a bit of an alcohol problem and I felt the book really disregarded it. The only time it was acknowledged was passed off with a hashtag.
“There’s a still moment of silence and I can’t help but think I could use a stiff drink.
Am I becoming an alcoholic?
Like, whoa, maybe you actually are, let’s take this a little more seriously. In fact a lot of the issues in the book didn’t really take in the gravity of the situations that were at hand. At one point she is also upset about a scenario that she drops a flippant comment about slitting her wrists, I was about 60% in and I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room, because you can’t just passively comment about stuff like that.
What I did like was that while she did have quite a few bad runs before the dating app test, she also had something good. But she was big enough to know that it just wasn’t right for her and let a good thing go despite it having all the boxes checked. As the story progressed she sort of had a character arc as she learned about the attitude she had towards men and dating, but really it took a combustion of crap happening for it to really dawn on her.
But oh my gosh, I hated this girl.
Luke Combs – Beer Never Broke My Heart