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The Last Blind Date

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  415 Ratings  ·  166 Reviews
A fun, charming memoir about a woman who falls in love, packs her bags, and starts over in the city that eats its young.
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Gallery Books
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Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been mourning Wendy Wasserstein for years - and here's an author with the same warm, funny wit and insightful charm. Welcome, Linda Yellin! So many memoirs are just plain out depressing and this one kept me smiling throughout. There are real issues - taking a risk for love - should you give up your life to move to a new city when you can never really be sure if the guy's worth it (this one definitely is); taking on stepchildren (the family scenes are reminiscent of the best of Erma Bombeck) ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The echelon of smart, knowing, hilarious women writers is a rarified group. Tina Fey. Nora Ephron. At one point Fran Leibowitz. Maybe it’s more difficult for us to laugh at ourselves, maybe we were taught at a young age to laugh at the boys’ jokes but not tell our own. Whatever it is, when I discover a woman humorist who puts herself out there and makes me laugh with genuine glee – I want to share the news. The Last Blind Date is reason to wonder where Linda Yellin has been hiding. Her voice is ...more
Annie Laschever
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard comparisons to the author with Nora Ephron and Wendy Wasserstein and was eager to read the book. The comparisons are not only apt but Linda Yellin's voice as a writer is relatable in a fresh way from any other funny women writers. This woman lays it out there with her heart and a sublime sense of humor. As soon as I finished the book I wished I could call her up and say: how about coffee? That's how approachable and captivating an author she is. Whether you've been through a later in lif ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a huge fan of Erma Bombeck and felt there has never been another writer to take her place until I read this book. Much of the story is about the author's charming romance and laugh out loud observations as she starts life over in New York City, but for me her interactions with her new step-children as she struggles to be part of a ready-made family are pure Erma Bombeck fun. Yellin writes with tremendous wit and honesty -you ache for her and laugh with her. From page one her s ...more
Renee Rosen
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this memoir! Yellin has a razor-sharp wit that ranks right up there with Dorothy Parker. You'll laugh from cover to cover. This is for anyone who has loved, lost and found the courage to love again. You will fall in love with Linda Yellin and THE LAST BLIND DATE. It's hilarious, honest and heartfelt. I seriously milked the last 40 pages because I didn't want it to end! Cannot wait to read more form this author!
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a general rule, memoirs irritate me. It's the lack of objectivity and the natural inclination to paint oneself as a heroine or use self-deprecating humor that still paints oneself as a heroine. I also tire of histrionics and airing other people's dirty laundry. I have found only a very few authors who have been able to write with enough objectivity while maintaining their own humanity that I have become a believer in some memoirs. This is one of them. (The other is Glass Castles by Jeannette ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book! Linda is such a talent; her humor is so full, fresh, and never ending - I laughed out loud throughout the entire thing. Her ability to look at herself, her loved ones, and her not-so-loved-ones with such an honest eye is admirable and inspiring, and because she opens herself up so completely, by the time you're done reading you feel more like you've just finished a fabulous gossip sesh instead of a full-length memoir. Linda's insight and humble social critique is ill ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A genre that continues to surprise me as one that engages me from cover to cover is the memoir. I never thought nonfiction would read like fiction and be so interesting. I mean my life is pretty boring. And Linda Yellin is an ordinary woman, but I think that is what makes her book so interesting. She's not a movie star, a talk show host or a broadway star. She's just a married woman like me trying to find her place in the world.

From the first page, Ms. Yellin's humor shines through, but there is
Barbara Detroit
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute joy. I was given this book as a gift and started to read the first page as I usually do when examining a new book and next thing I knew I was engrossed. The writing is crisp and fresh, the humor the proverbial laugh-out-loud kind. I ended up reading lines and passages to my roommate which is indicative of how many topics are relatable. The author puts her heart and vulnerability on every page all while serving up a point of view that is optimistic and humorous. I called the friend wh ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one big warm happy book. The author lives in Chicago and is working her way past a broken heart after the death of her first husband, but despite her grief she is willing to step out of her comfort zone, so when Randy calls her from New York and the conversation kicks off like the best dialogue in those old Katherine Hephurn-Spencer Tracy movies, a long distance romance begins. When they finally get together and Linda gives up her well-established life to move to New York she takes us al ...more
Theresa Erneyh
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! After reading Such A Lovely Couple I knew I had found a new favorite author. Reading The Laast Blind Date felt like visiting with a long time best friend and I was sad when I came to the last page, yet, she leaves you uplifted. You will love her sense of humor even when she is dealing with heavy issues and you will find yourself laughing out loud. Linda proves that with love, humor, and friendship you can get through the dark times.
Thank you Linda for a great book, keep on writi
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm not usually one to read Non-Fiction, especially memoirs. I just really don't find them interesting. I am so glad that I decided to step outside of my reading comfort zone and give The Last Blind Date a chance. I loved this book. It was full of humor, honesty, and insight. From the first page, I couldn't put it down and devoured it.

I won't give too much away, but the author writes about her long distance courtship with her husband and her decision to move to New York to marry him. The book i
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been a fan of Yellin's since her first memoir, "Such a Lovely Couple," I was definitely looking forward to this book. It did not disappoint. From the first page, I was hooked. Yellin has such sharp wit and keen intellect, yet she remains personable and down-to-earth. It's like reading a story told by your best friend. The reason memoirs are so wonderful, when written correctly, is that we realize the abundance of shared experiences we have with others, even if the experiences differ sligh ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hysterical! What a great read! I LOVED THIS BOOK!! This is a witty funny story that will make you hopeful that there is life after a broken heart. It was a breath of fresh air to read a happy story instead of all the sad memiors out there. It touches on so many of everyday experiences and helps put them in a fresh and funny light. Enjoy!
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very fun, lighthearted yet poignant book. It is a journey that starts with going on a blind date and then finding yourself in a new city as a step-mom. It is a great romantic, and funny story, kinda reminded me of Erma Bombeck's stories.
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reader will learn about Linda's life to an almost embarrassingly honest degree. Linda provides some background information for the reader: who she married, why she divorced, what she did with her free time, and her regrets. She manages to recount her experiences to the reader without making everything sound depressing. Readers don't always like depressing, especially for long chapters-no need to worry with this book.

Linda attempts to date some other men that she is set up with, the vast maj
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This up-tempo memoir is a gift. With nuanced humor and playful insights, Yellin's transition from Chicago to New York as an older bride, her relationship with her new husband and his children, and her quest to make New York feel like home kept me smiling throughout her journey. With all the news in the world today, this is the perfect time for a feel-good read and this book delivers magnificently.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming, smile-inducing journey that's inspiring and hope-filled for anyone who no longer believes in fairytales. I heard the author speak on radio and just loved her humor and point of view. As funny as she sounded in her interview, her memoir is one of those books you want to share with your girlfriends - especially the ones still looking for love. It's a gift worth passing along - an optimistic upbeat love story. As special as it gets.
James Aschbacher
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fun, quick read and literally a page-turner since I kept waiting to see what crazy thing would happen next. This modern day memoir is not only a love story between a woman & a man, but a love letter to New York City. Yellin writes with a sense of humor that is both smart and strong. And the heartfelt ending gave me goose bumps – and that’s a good thing! I can’t wait to read her first book, “Such A Lovely Couple.”
Kara Cohen
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s not often that I finish reading a book by an author and immediately hurry to find anything else she’s written. This memoir is great fun and a great love story. Plus it is filled with hope for finding the right person. I was surprised – and pleased – to discover an earlier novel by Yellin. Surprised that I’d never heard of her before, and pleased that I could read more of her writing. The first book, Such A Lovely Couple, is only available as an e-book. Glad I own a Nook.

Kristin Kurth
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I DEVOURED this book! I haven't done that in such a long time! Left a huge smile on my face. I fell in love with falling in love again! (Made me want to look up my favorite love quotes...hopeless romantic here.) There is so much fodder for book club discussions. It's not only heartfelt, but hilarious. Enjoy!!
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is funny, warm, and told with a devilish sense of humor. To create drama out of the nuances and everyday observations of life is a special talent. (Hello, Jane Austen.) The story of Linda's move from Chicago to New York in the name of love is delightful. Maybe that's an old-fashioned word but it sums up how I feel about this memoir: Delightful.
Markie Knowles
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A special special book. I started over in a new city as an adult (New York to LA) and Linda Yellin's wry observations about the challenges of making new friends (both painful and hysterical) and learning her way around a new city felt like my own emotions. It's not easy to begin anew later in life and she presents her story with tremendous humor and warmth. The scene where her girlfriends "stepmom experts" advise her about how to meet Randy's two kids should be read by anyone on the verge of ste ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With so much cynicism and mean-spirited humor that fills our lives nowadays, how refreshing to read a book that is good-hearted and phenomenally witty. Linda Yellin's perspectives on how to get through both the smaller and major events of life is a testament to the power of laughter. Reading this is like falling in love. Giddy and hopeful and you'll just keep smiling.
Frida Roches
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a stepparent I found this story to be completely honest. The author is conversational and forthright in a way that feels like she's in the same room telling you her life. The comparisons to Nora Ephron and other writers don't do justice to Yellin's unique skew on life. She is a totally original very very funny writer.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Yellin knocks it out of the ballpark with this engaging hysterical memoir. Reads like a novel but the fact that it's true makes it so much better. Totally relatable...stayed up all night finishing it. Makes me want to go on a blind date. I adored it.
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a laughfest. My girlfriend gave a copy to me as a gift and I'll be giving copies to my girlfriends as gifts. There are so many touchpoints and places you can't help but relate to as the author covers topics like making friends in a new city, adjusting to a new family, getting fired from what should be a dream job. And the love story part is hopeful and inspiring and full of fun. Filled with many laughs. Filled with many heartfelt adventures. As much fun as a book can be. Truly adored this s ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can a book be any more fun that this one? I doubt it. I laughed so much while reading it on a bus home from work that the people sitting around me must have thought I was crazy. Well I am crazy about this author. Linda Yellin finds joy and humor in real life even when she's in the most painful or embarrassing situations. I'd give quotes from the book but I would not know where to begin. Just open the pages anywhere and start reading and you'll start laughing. I want a friend like Linda Yellin. A ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I totally totally loved everything about this book. The dialogue. Pacing. Characters. (do memoirs have characters? or should I say the real people?) Linda Yellin pulls no punches with her observations about love, commitment, families, and starting her life over in the name of love. The laughs are as genuine as it gets as well as the sweet moments, of which there are plenty. This is humor that's neither caustic nor sarcastic but comes from the heart. A real knock-out.
Serena Connors
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s impossible not to care about the author as she struggles through a foreign culture that just happens to be New York. I really felt for her trying to make women friends later in life and to keep charging forward after her first dismal job. But ultimately this is a love story - albeit a keeps-you-smiling very funny one - between Linda and the husband who finally shows up in her life and the new city that becomes her home.
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