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Match Made in Manhattan

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  552 ratings  ·  159 reviews
After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles' scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Skyhorse (first published 2018)
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Alison has just broken up with her boyfriend. After two years of dating, he was unable to fully commit to her. Having been away from the dating scene, and with six months free on, she decides to re-enter New York City’s single scene.

While Alison seeks to improve her social life, her professional life starts to decay. Her job as an architectural conservator is put at risk when she starts to clash with her boss. She blows off steam by actively embracing online dating. Through Allison’s
I was sent an advanced copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Amanda Stauffer!

Note: The quotes in this review are from an advance reader’s copy and subject to change.

Sometimes, it’s really fun to write negative reviews. Like when a book is totally offensive and you’re a Goodreads Superhero and you write a one-star rant thing and everyone’s like You queen! Thank you for your service! I will stay away from this book forever and it’s all thanks to your holy
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
This book is fantastic. It has humor, heart and characters that you will certainly remember! There is sheer and utter genius in this book and anyone reading it will be rooting for love from start to finish. A great read for gal pals to read together or for those wanting to have a book at book club that will certainly spark great conversations. A must read!
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
** Review is from Advanced Reader Copy**

I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda Stauffer's debut novel. A book about a young woman, newly-single, looking for love (or at least some interesting new experiences), the story may start with a fairly common premise, but rapidly becomes specific, fascinating, hilarious, and heart-tugging. Alison is no average ingenue. Happy in previous relationships with the casual comfort of trotting over to a boyfriend's apartment in paint-splattered jeans and corporate polos,
Minerva Spencer
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Match Made in Manhattan (MMM from now on) took me on a journey down "Memory Lane" and back into my own past.

I kicked off my dating years back in the '80s, when there were no cell phones (horrors!) and people were pretty much out of control when it came to sex, drinking (drive-in liquor stores!) and drugs.

The story Stauffer tells in her book couldn't hardly be more different than what I experienced.Even so, there are definite parallels between dating in the 80s and dating in 2015 (or so), and I
Elle's Book Blog
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Genre: Chick Lit

First and foremost, I want to thank the author for sending me a paperback ARC of this novel. When I first got this book in my hands I swooned! The cover is so cute. Also, just holding a regular book in my hands felt great. I have been reading so many on my iPad that I almost forgot the feel of real pages. So, thank you!

With that, Match Made in Manhattan is pure chick lit GOLD. The author does a wonderful job bringing her characters to life and an
Megan Johnson
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm not saying this is a bad book, just that I didn't particularly enjoy it. My God, there are so many characters that I pretty much just quit paying attention.

I also can't help but feeling like the author wasted my time. I get trying to be all philosophical and teaching a lesson of personal growth in the end but ugh it felt so forced.

Read it or don't but please, I don't want to think about this book anymore cause I feel like the longer I reflect on it the more I'll grow to dislike it.
Linda Zagon
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “Match Made in Manhattan” by Amanda Stauffer

Kudos to Amanda Stauffer , Author of “Match in Manhattan” for such an entertaining, witty and unique story. The blurb for the story states” The Awkward, Romantic, and Cringeworthy Struggles of Trying to Find The One in the Digital Dating Age.” The genre for this book is Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Manhattan.

What do you do when your boyfriend of several years is sort of hesitating, stalling, and indecisive of the
Ashley Elsner
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Witty and insightful while hopeful and heartfelt, this book captures the twists and turns of dating in the digital age in the most exciting and chaotic city in the world. It approaches dating as an adventure full of lessons rather than a series of unconnected disappointments. Not only are the stories a testament to the opportunities and pitfalls that inundate Alison and her generation while trying to establish lasting connections, they are also a brief peek at all the city has to offer when ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Oh my gosh this book is SO relatable and SO hilarious! I cannot begin to describe the tears streaming down my face at points because of the hilarity! Alison is a girl after my own heart when it comes to looking at the bright side of online dating.
I just love chick-lit that is based in New York. There is something about how the women are so independent and spunky that just hooks me right in. This book is definitely
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this title made for a fun few evenings. I seriously looked forward to seeing what new 'match' Alison would date next. It also had me grateful to NOT be in the dating scene these days.

If you enjoy a good romantic comedy, this could be a great read for you as well. There is plenty of humor found in the pages. And, I love how Alison gives her dates "the pants speech" as in "my pants are not coming off tonight!" This is a refreshing change from many modern romances that are hyperfocused on
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading this smart and sassy novel is like going out to coffee with your funniest single friend! Very few books actually make me laugh out loud, but the protagonist's voice is so realistic and the guys she meets are so uniquely hilarious that I found myself giggling as I followed along on Alison's crazy dates. And unlike many books in this genre, MMIM is optimistic and upbeat about the weird realities of online/app dating; it never descends into trite man-bashing, emotional melodrama, or ...more
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Let me just cut to the chase with this one. This may not be for everyone because if you don't live in Manhattan and its very eclectic group of people and don't find online dating particularly fun (which I don't actually), you might not find this relatable.... but boy oh boy did I have FUN with this!

Yes, there are a TON of guys in this book. You can't keep track. Quite frankly, you don't want to. And I can empathize with Alison on so many levels. It's hard to give guys a proper chance when 1. you
Anne H
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Match Made in Manhattan is a delightful, fast paced read. It is the story of Alison, a late 20’s New Yorker, looking for love. After two long term relationships Alison finds herself newly single and utterly unsure how to meet men outside of her college network. So, she signs up for and her adventures, and ours, begin. I say “ours” because the story is written in a way that makes us experience the difficulty in deciphering emails and texts from strangers, the first date jitters, the ...more
Amber Garabrandt
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leaving a several year relationship, serial monogamist Alison doesn’t know how to jump into the modern dating world. She knows she can’t keep dating people she’s known forever, as with her last relationship- Dave, friend-turned-lover. Biting the bullet, she starts her internet dating experience with What follows is a year of first dates-turned-buds, undercover agents, folk-singer-turned-investment banker, and a nearly perfect psychiatrist with a huge….dog. Pithy conversations,
Raquel Cortes
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For the first time in a long time, I could relate to a character. There were some moments when I felt I was reading my own story. Just like Alison I had my fair quote of bad dates. I had my heart broken and in the end, I swore not to put myself through the awkward and awful experience of blind dating. Oh well, never say never. I might end up doing it again.
Alison is a young woman that after two serious relationships that ended nowhere decides to give online dating a try. During her online dating
Jennifer Klepper
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN in a single travel day: in the airport, on the plane, in the car, and then on the couch when I got home because I couldn't put it down. I was thoroughly engaged in the story of a woman's year of dating, and thoroughly thrilled that I have not been in the dating scene in this century. It's exhausting! From keeping track of who's who, to juggling lunches and coffees and dinners, to maintaining clever digital correspondence with faceless suitors, I just ...more
Blaire Walsh
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great momentum and great storytelling. I sped through this book jumping from date to date and would definitely recommend it for a beach read or for a long flight. This read like a more fun version of my life in my 20s. I wouldn't want to relive that time, but reading about it now with the benefit of hindsight is really enjoyable. The spectrum of characters in the book made me remember that the people are often the best part of living in New York. I'm definitely buying it for a few friends as a ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Stauffer's "Match Made in Manhattan" was an absolute treat. Allison is an expertly crafted and utterly relatable protagonist in whose story the reader quickly becomes invested. The equal doses of humor and insightfulness that Amanda writes with make this a truly compelling read. This book is highly recommended and I eagerly look forward to future work from this author.
Aleksandra Przymusinski
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a witty and thoughtful take on dating in Manhattan...and in this age of "the web". But the story feels personal because it's so well written with great characters. Bravo to the author!
Michelle Richter
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A light, fun read with a sense of humor. We follow Alison on some great dates, and on some terrible ones we can rejoice that we're not on ourselves.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title via the author/publisher. This does not impact my review.

A fun and quirky story full of the ups and downs of online dating. Match Made in Manhattan was an entertaining and often addicting read.

The story follows Allison, a newly single twenty-something New Yorker, over the course of a year as she gives online dating a try. Though I thought she sometimes came across a little shallow, I did find her to be a likable character. She was really open to new things and
Dianne Freeman
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Amanda Stauffer's Match Made in Manhattan, newly single Alison invites the reader on a journey through the NYC dating scene, not in a voyeuristic way, but in a best friend way. Alison is smart, witty, and optimistic. She, and her dates, are so relatable you may find yourself wanting to shoot her a text just to catch up on how she's doing now.

While on the surface the book is an adventure in dating, with Alison as your guide, it becomes so much more. It's a story of relationships, choices,
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, this was not a usual book selection for me. But after two consecutive nights of my wife waking me up with her laughter (and staying up reading in the kitchen til all hours), I picked it up myself and I have to say, it's hilarious. Don't tell my wife I said so, but it really was as good as she'd said- funny, smart, self-aware. And as someone who only ever experienced dating from the other side, it was a revelation reading how some dates can be experienced. I can't say it will make me start ...more
Mary Keliikoa
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Match Made in Manhattan was a fun read, and made me so glad I'm out of the dating scene! I really enjoyed the style of writing, complete with text and email messages between the characters. They felt real and the dialogue was fun and witty. The cast of characters was enjoyable, and relatable. I secretly hoped for a slightly different ending, but I rooted for Alison throughout and this made for a fast and easy read.
Jordan Theune
*I would like to thank NetGalley for the pleasure of receiving a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.*

“Match Made in Manhattan” is the perfect book for anyone who loves chick-lit. I, being such a person, thoroughly enjoyed reading Stauffer’s adorable tale of a young woman in the city who is looking for a chance to start daTing again.

“Match” tells the story of Alison, a serial-monogamist who has recently broken up with a long-time boyfriend and is looking for a fresh
Aida Alberto
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I am so glad that I didn't give up on this book and finished reading it because it was very good. I was kind of iffy on the plot but it turned into so much more than I was expecting. I cringed, I laughed and I sympathized with Alison. I cheered with her as she gamely waded into the what could turn into a cesspool of dating. It was a lot of fun to spend some time in her world so definitely pick this one up and give it a ...more
Allie Bosco
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful. The main character is insufferably self absorbed, yet not at all self aware. She treats many of her dates unkindly (referring to one as "Douchey Dan" to his face) and demands they share intimacies with her, but she shuts down when they ask her to reciprocate. Nevertheless, guys somehow can't get enough of her and how she's supposedly "not like other girls." Alison is not upfront about the fact that she won't sleep with someone until at least months into dating, so she perpetually ...more
Meredith Schorr
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There were many things I liked about this book. For one, I related so much to Allison, the main character, in how she felt about dating and sex. In a world where three dates often equates to sex, it's not easy to be someone who requires a little more than having drinks with someone a few times to sleep with them. I liked that she didn't succumb to pressure and stuck by her guns. She had a lot of respect for herself. I also saw a lot of the men I've dated (and Allison's reactions to them, both ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this book is truly awful. unlike most people on these reviews I was not given an advanced reader copy and paid for this book, unfortunately.

I'm honestly not sure where to start. The repetition - same date with the same guy over and over and over again. The irritating main character. The italics and most of the book written as emails and texts. No one emails anymore - I can't remember the last time I got a real email that wasn't about work. They text, but I'll tell ya, no one wants to read a book
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Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City’s dating scene, Amanda headed to Her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material for a book or a career in comedy.