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Click by Lisa Becker
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Aug 28, 2011

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bookshelves: chicklit

Renee is single and about to turn 30. She's looking at a future of DVD marathons and frosting binges, and she'll need a couple of cats, too. So when her friend Mark suggests they try online dating, she's just desperate enough to give it a chance. Really, how bad could it be?

This is a smart, fun read. It's written entirely in emails (the modern epistolary novel), but fear not, the characters have such clearly defined voices that you'll sort it out in no time. The perils of modern communication abound - accidentally sending the draft, mixing up recipients, cybermanners (can you dump someone electronically after you've met face-to-face?). It's a sharp commentary on today's world, where you life story can be had at the touch of a button.

The supporting characters are wonderful. Mark, the instigator, is too busy comparison shopping dating sites to actually get around to posting a profile. Ashley is what passes for a prude these days, betting on the handsome prince finding her without Facebook. Shelley, well, Shelley's just fabulous. Jumping from man to man like it's a scavenger hunt and they're the clues, she doesn't even bother with names - she just tags them and moves on. You really feel the relationships here - you can picture what happens when they all get together.

This is one of the best novels about modern dating that I've ever read. It's funny and real, with lots of true to life moments. Championing online dating while secretly thinking it's for losers, embracing modern advances and still believing that 30 is a cutoff point - don't pretend it hasn't crossed your mind, too. The format makes it a quick read - just one more email! - perfect for stolen moments in your busy day.
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