Review: Click: An Online Love Story

clickReviewed by Shelly

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!

Rating: B+

*ARC provided by author for review

Click to purchase: Amazon

Click: An Online Love Story
by Lisa Becker
Release Date: March 29, 2011

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