I started this before I went to bed. Big mistake! I stayed up late reading and got up early to finish it; I was desperate to find out who ended up with who. I even contemplated reading ahead but I held myself back because I wanted to give a review based on the way I actually read it – so no jumping ahead.
This isn’t your everyday story that has paragraphs and traditionally proper sentence structure. Chock-full of conversations between everyday people with the perfect amount of drama, nonsense and just plain ridiculousness; it’s told in a way that if you’ve got friends and a job (you MUST have somewhere to go during the day even if it’s a home office) and you’d like to keep in touch during the day – you would completely understand and possibly relate (I know that I did). This is in essence a very simple story told in a unique and interesting way. This is the way that online dating really works – if you’ve done it you know exactly what I mean. If you haven’t, well good luck to ya.
Renee Greene is on the verge of turning 30. The only problem is that she doesn’t have a side piece… I mean a boyfriend, date, not even a potential. As the suggestion of one of her good friends, Mark, she signs up for a dating service. Even the choosing of the dating site had me shaking my head at Mark’s nerdom. Good Lord, man, does everything require such extensive research? Hey, maybe that’s not a bad thing when I put more thought into it (mind – meet gutter).
Most women (I can’t speak for the men) are involved in a circle of friendship with the type of people in this story. There’s the good girl, Renee — the judgmental girl, Ashley — the slutty girl, Shelley — and the nerd, Mark. For all of their differences, they had a lot in common and their commonality stemmed from this wonderful person – Renee. I enjoyed Renee; she was fun, funny, smart, caring and a wonderful friend to her group. As this is a story about the Renee finding a partner, she and her friends take up a big portion of the story, so we do find out a lot about them.
I wanted to reach out and smack the crap out of Ashley just about every time she opened her mouth. Shelley – what can I say – even I was living vicariously through her. I don’t know how she stayed safe and protected – mad Kung-Fu skills perhaps?! Mark – oh, Mark. He knows he’s a bit off but he just can’t help himself. I wish I could tell you guys more about what happens in this story, but I can’t because I’ll give it all away and I really want you to read and enjoy it (free of spoilers). Okay, as you asked – just a bit more. There are no big ups and downs, no car chases, no hidden family secrets, no convenient drama – just a strong solid story about ’… a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her’ (Nottinghill, 1999).
This story was surprisingly good – quick and funny dialogue, fast paced and quite a pleasure to read. I’ll be reading the second, Double Click, in the series. Becker has also assured me that the 3rd book will be out in 2014.
Happy Reading Folks!
*ARC provided by author for review
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Click: An Online Love Story
by Lisa Becker
Release Date: March 29, 2011