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Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,586 ratings  ·  186 reviews
40 million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been ...more
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published January 2nd 2013 by Thought Catalog (first published November 14th 2012)
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Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
Oh, I thought there were pretty funny moments in this book.....and this book was meant to be funny, but for me it was a book of horror.

Okay, Brian goes on a bunch of Internet dates (I think it was 100) for a duel purpose. One, to find the love of his life (spoiler, he does not) and to get material for a website/book (which he does). What he got for his Herculean effort was a parade of 'bat shit crazy'.

He says in the book that he couldn't say whether or not Internet dating was worse than actual
Coming right on the heels of an utter failure of an Audible freebie, I was at best hoping that this book would be bearable, and that I would not want to cancel Audible for misleading me twice in a row. Thankfully, Audible and I can still be friends, because this book was fucking hilarious.

Seriously, I spent 95% of this book giggling insanely while listening to his tales of dating what-the-fuckery, and it was fantastic. At one point, I decided that I needed some Lucky Charms, but that probably w
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
3.5 stars. This was such a fun kindle short. I've never tried internet dating, and think if you did, you would enjoy this even more. I adore AJ Jacobs, and Brian Donovan has a similar writing style (a bit more swearing though). Part how-to and part memoir, my favorite chapter was The girl who was a Mennonite. I recommend this if you're in the mood for laughing out loud. ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s Not A Match is a book about one man’s journey into online dating. From women who spontaneously broke down into uncontrollable sobbing during sex to women who criticized him for taking medication during a date on national TV, Brian Donovan has had a lot of bad experiences with and OKCupid. Divided pretty evenly between personal advice for online daters and his own disaster stories, the book was both entertaining and enlightening, but above all, this book was funny.

It’s Not A Match
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was entertaining. The guy has some good stories. He's a little judgmental and obnoxious but not enough so that it ruins the book. He also offers lots of advice for online dating. It sounds reasonable and effective. And he's absolutely right that, at the end of the day, it's a numbers game. ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not very funny. Most stories were too short and the guy certainly likes to talk crap about women. "Women are crazy, am I right?" pretty much sums up this book. ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
This seems to be a book that can't decide what it wants to be, and perhaps because of that, doesn't excel at any of its options.

I picked it up as a free Audible book, figuring that it would make a funny bit of filler on a road trip sometime. Clocking in at around 2 hours in audio format, it seemed perfect for awkward gaps, and its light tone felt appropriate for those circumstances as well. Also, I'm generally fascinated with the topic of online dating, and dating practices in general, since I t
Lukas Lovas
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: notable-humour
I was reading this when I was working in a room filled with morose people on a twelve hour shift. Big mistake. I'm sure they thought I was on drugs, for despite my best attempts I just couldn't stifle my laughter. Even when I did, I was smiling like an idiot the whole three hours it took me to read the book.

So....yes, it's funny. Highly entertaining writing style combined with truly hilarious experiences in dating made for a short but very enjoyable book. Definitely worth it :)
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this brief book as a free Audible download on Valentine’s Day. The book is about internet dating, written by a comedian, benefiting from his vast research on the subject, having gone on over 100 dates with people he’s met from the internet. It was pretty funny. I listened to the audiobook. 4/5
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Not great writing, but it was really funny. I've been back in the dating scene after getting divorced two years ago, and it's reassuring to know that others have had some weird dates, too! ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy, memoir
This was a light, silly read about the misadventures of online dating.
Nice for a break.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Needs more, it seemed to be going along nicely, starting to describe interesting dates and then slam, the book ended after a couple of descriptions. I've got more than that off the top of my head. That being said, what is there gave me a few laughs. ...more
Ayesha Iftikhar
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it

It is a good read. The kind of book one would read on a long flight when one can’t sleep and can’t concentrate, will make the time pass by quickly and you remain pleasant. It is a fun read.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
This might be one of the only books I’d give negative stars to. I thought it would be funny, but the more I got into it, the less and less amusing it all was. I got the audiobook for free and really wish I could figure out a way to return it so I don’t have to keep looking at it in my library...
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short book about a man tried internet dating and the funny experience. I also tried online dating recent days, it very simple and high efficiency, you can chat the girls whom you like directly. Such as and Tinder is common platform which provide for bachelor. ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I also tried online dating recent days, it very simple and high efficiency, you can chat the girls whom you like directly. Such as and Tinder is common platform which provide for bachelor. ...more
Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Meh. Don't waste your time. ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Funny enough for quick, light reading. It had lots of typos, which is something I can't stand with published work. ...more
Chelsea Derreberry
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I seriously laughed at least every other page, it was a great humorous read! Wish it was longer
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very funny. Wish it was longer. Laughed my ass off at the dancing chapter.
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May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Found this in my library and it’s short so I thought I would give it a try. I sure as hell hope I did t pay for this. Waste of my time. Not funny.
Sarah Walsh
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Out of date but a cute funny read
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I was intrigued by it in the first place because I have had an internet date before, but unlike the author's experiences my relationship was great, and I have only been on one online date....ever.
Anyway, this story was hilarious! I mean the titles of the chapters are intriguing enough to make you want to read more (i.e. 'The Sex Crier', 'The Girl Who Did Heroin', 'The Girl Who Brought Her Boyfriend', etc.)
It was a short easy read, but was entertaining the entire way through. I
Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot.

I pre-ordered Not a Match because like many twenty-somethings living in the New York metropolitan area, I have tried internet dating. It's the the only way I to meet people and successfully filter out the creeps and crazies 100% of 75% of the time. If the cosmopolitan mating call of dark, expensive cocktail soaked lounges with too-loud music after 9 doesn't appeal to you, and for some reason your best friend's mother won't set you up with a nice Jewish
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Why I read this book

Every once in a while, Audible is very generous and gives you free books! Off course, not always you find something that looks interesting, but this time I found this book and decided to give it a try.

What the book is about

For a bit more than 2 hours we learn about Donovan's experiences in dating online mostly through The book alternates between chapters about a specific dating experience and chapters with hints or ti
Feb 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I got this a free audible download, and I read it because I love stories about bad dates, especially bad internet dates. Most things I read on the topic are by women, so I was curious to hear a different perspective. There were some good stories about some pretty terrible dates and I laughed a few times, but this probably isn't something I would buy for myself if I hadn't gotten it for free. He misses the mark a few times with his advice. For instance, "men lying about being short" is not the on ...more
Matthew Turner
There are some surprisingly funny (like, laugh-out-loud-funny) stories in this book. Donovan’s self-deprecating style is super-relaxed and super-consumable. The observational humor was a little David Sedaris-esque. I imagine Donovan as that guy at the party with a bunch of people gathered close, listening with anticipatory grins to the almost unbelievable dating stories he’s accumulated over the years. Overall I had a pretty good time at this party, and was properly entertained.

There is, howeve
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This was cute. Brian has a fun sense of humor and I often found myself laughing out loud as I listened to his Internet dating tales. He had some crazy things happen to him, but I think that the real appeal of this book is that most of us have been there -- amirite?! Even if their crazy dating stories haven't been from the online world, I think a lot of people will relate. The audiobook is about 2 hours, which according to Goodreads breaks down to 68 Kindle pages. That is a good length. Any longe ...more
Feb 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Not that I'm in the market for online dating. But--I'm curious about how people meet and try to build satisfying relationships after meeting online. And most of the things I've read seem to be rosy scenarios, so I was tempted by the tales of someone who'd been on hundreds of internet-generated dates, most of them awful.

You can sort of see why Brian Donovan has been on hundreds of dates. He's a striver--trying to be the funniest guy in the room, and always in control of the situation. And the 3rd
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Brian Donovan has written for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, National Public Radio, and, most recently, ABC’s The Neighbors. His work has also appeared on Chapelle’s Show, Funny or Die, and Off Broadway in New York City. His “Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters” is currently being developed for television.

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