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Anna Broadway’s “Sexless in the City” blog has become a popular Internet destination, attracting readers with its amusing tales of romantic misadventures and candid, far-from-prissy reports on the difficulties of trying to reconcile Christian beliefs with the mores and temptations of the modern world.

In SEXLESS IN THE CITY, Broadway offers a lighthearted, yet unflinching,
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by WaterBrook Press
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Kristenlouise
Wow, I REALLY loved this book. I must confess I wasn't expecting too much (I wasn't familiar with the author's work, really, and wasn't even sure why I bought it) and was semi-worried that because the book started as a blog, that the writing would be terribly bloggy. You know, that kind of frantic, flashy, often funny but still surfacy type writing that seems to populate so many blogs these days. This was the opposite of that. It IS a funny book, but it's beautifully paced. Not slow, but more de ...more
Amanda
It was hard to decide whether to give this one 2 or 3 stars. The writing was kind of fun, but the storyline seriously disturbed me in several parts. For example, her relationship to her parents and her dad in particular was very strange. When she was growing up he kept a very close eye on her weight and would constantly make comments about her being too big and thus potentially unattractive to men. That CAN'T have been healthy. Then in another part she has a severe crush on a guy and decides to ...more
Angela
This read too much like a glorified journal entry for me to really enjoy it as a novel. While I was expecting a Christan woman's struggles with sexuality, it was more focused on the desire for a relationship and less about the challenges we face in the secular world. It was clear in many parts that she just did not want to reveal details (despite his obvious nickname, what did Hippie the Groper do?), but the lack of those details kept me completely in the dark.

Someone apparently read the blog an
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Caitlin Ericson
This book was terrible! It was all over the place and very hard to follow. I forced myself to finish this in hopes it would end well. It didn't. I thought the author was pathetic with her obsession over men and finding a husband. Her relationship with God was left on the back burner and had potential for turning things around but never got to such a turning point. The other characters of the book were very vaguely described. Some characters were introduced and never were mentioned again. All tog ...more
Ann
I wouldn't recommend this book because it was really boring! The author shared way too many details and the description of the book was misleading. It sounded more interesting than it turned out to be!
Jem
I'm halfway through this one. It is the worst. The title appealed to me, but so far it's a real trial to get through.
Lauradianne
I just finished a great book that I want to tell you about: Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity by Anna Broadway. I’m still trying to process through this books because it has radically changed my thinking on most every part of my life! It’s a book by a woman who loves to blog. Yes, she is of the generation that started blogging in the late nineties and created an entire blog world. This book is based on this blog. The first 1/3 of the book is difficult to follow but as you get p ...more
Tasha Swinney
I actually don't really know where to begin here. In the first few pages of her memoir, Broadway tells her readers that she spent a great amount of time as a teenager reading Harlequin romance novels and her self-education shows through on every page of her book. Her prose is overly flowery, self-absorbed and downright gaudy. I didn't know that prose could be gaudy, but Broadway's is. This memoir is all tell and no show. Not once does she set a scene, recreate a dialogue, or describe something w ...more
Brandon Halvorsen
A dear friend who has a knack for picking out good books recently sent me a copy of this book and she didn't disappoint. Sexless in the City is a memoir by a Christian lady who struggled with romantic relationships and expectations that God would bring her a the spouse of her dreams. As a single Christian with similar desires, I could relate to much of what she shared. And while it's a book that focuses a lot on relationships and romance and how we work that out in our faith, there's much more t ...more
Rachel
I'm very glad I read this book. The narrator is a lot like me, I think, and that was fun at times and hard at other times. The book should've had another year or so in the stew pot to boil down and refine itself. It feels like it was written pretty soon after the fact, which makes it longer and less focused than necessary. There are too many men and subplots. If there were more Poster Boy and less about others, I'd be happier. I'd definitely read a sequel, and I bookmarked some of Anna Broadway' ...more
Emily
Sep 22, 2008 Emily rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily by: Caitlin Lee
I related to a lot of this book. It was like a recount of MY love life... but even more boring. It rambled and never got anywhere (she hadn't had more than one date by age 27- a lot of the stories were about crushes she had that never went anywhere.) I was also annoyed that she didn't use ANY REAL NAMES for the entirety of the book.. only nicknames. This gets two stars because I inexplicably kept reading it, and for the lessons she learned about God- also similar to what I'm learning.
Joymadison
I loved this book that I accidentally picked up from the Library one day. Her story as a pastors daughter reflected mine in some ways, and I totally connected with Anna. I loved her search for meaning and real faith. I totally recommend this for anyone who is interested in reading about faith journeys. She is not gushing and fake, her faith is sincere and well thought through.
Erin
Wow. A friend of mine gave me this book, and I felt like I was reading someone's diary.

Broadway has skill at writing, but sometimes the content threw me for a serious loop. It did lead me to one of my favorite books (The Myth of Certainty), but it also blurred a lot of lines I'm not sure I was ready to blur.
Bethany
This girl's blog-inspired spiritual memoir about trying to live a chaste Christian life in a rather messed up society was interesting and insightful, though at times the Gossip Girl chatty writing style irritated me...
valerie
I really enjoyed this book. As a single Christian female, I could totally relate to the author and her struggles. I really appreciated the author's honesty and insight.
Jada
She has great points but I am having a lot of trouble getting past her rambling narrative style
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Anna Broadway is a writer, avid knitter and some-time swing dancer living near San Francisco. She has written for print or online versions of Paste, Beliefnet, Godspy, Relevant, Radiant, The Journal of the History of Sexuality and other publications.
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