What is it about online dating? What was once taboo, online dating has sky rocketed into the only and most popular way to date and meet people. There are dating sights for everyone from Doctor Who fans and Mouse Mingle to your classic dating sites like Match or EHarmony, there is love out there for everyone! Everyone except me. I don’t really do online dating (it terrifies me), and after hearing all the random stories from my friends and coworkers, I have no desire to put my ticket into finding my partner in life over the internet. No thank you, but this has not stopped me from diving into books about online dating. Books/blogs about experiences, data, and looking at online dating for research has not become a fascination. After reading Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, I became a little obsessed with reading more about online dating, which is why when I saw an opportunity to read Popular by Lauren Urasek for review, I jumped at the chance. I loved Aziz’s Book, so I had high hopes for Lauren to share with me her story/dating life.
“With more than 15,000 4- and 5-star ratings, an average of 35 messages per day, and hundreds of thousands of profile views from interested suitors, Lauren Urasek was dubbed the most sought-after woman in the city by New York magazine. She then started a popular Tumblr detailing her experiences with Prince Charmings (and Not-So-Charmings), and now tells all in a series of frank, funny essays about the ups and downs of dating in the city that never sleeps. She’s run the gamut of the nominally “single and ready to mingle” males of New York City, from dudes who went in for a kiss within the first ten minutes to one who conducted an impromptu “girlfriend job interview.” And in between the horror stories and dating disasters, Lauren shares some real talk about what works—and what doesn’t. Urasek’s take on love and romance in the age of the right swipe will make anyone who’s ever tried Internet dating laugh, cringe, or both.” – Amazon Description Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City
I died reading this book… with laughter. From the stories and “This actually happened moments”, I was in tears from laughing at this book. Reading Popular made me cry tears of laughter from all the silly stories she shared about her experiences with finding men over the internet. Her stories give light and humor to dating and the difficulty each of us have gone through when we date. There aren’t many books that could make me laugh out loud, but this one was! Lauren’s writing style is very funny and conversional. I did not feel like I was a reader reading a book, I felt like I was in a bar with Lauren as we shared our horror stories of men and dating. Her writing is fresh, approachable and relatable which is important to have when touching upon such a vast and sensitive topic. Her book was a treat to read and enjoy when I felt like all the books I was reading were really intense, and deep; Popular was a delightful change of pace for me. It is a shorter reader that wouldn’t take every long to get though, but it was one of the best books I have read this year. It is good to have those books that are funny and entertaining, and it is one I would recommend to everyone! I even bought a copy to give to my co-worker for Christmas since she does online dating. I look forward to hear what she thinks of it and if it goes with some of her online dating experiences.
This book is so on point with modern trends in society. I read somewhere that over 50% of people meet their significant other over the internet, can you believe that? It is interesting how dependent we have become on the internet, even to find love today. I mean without the internet I would have never gotten a change to create this blog and have the ability to share my love and passion of books with you all, so I cannot bash on it too much. I may not sign up for online dating anytime in the near future but I won’t stop me from reading books about it or blogs that talk about online dating experiences. This book is a great gift for that friend in your life that does online dating; they will be sure to see the humor of their horror stories and gain some joy from an experience that seems quite exhausting. I loved this book and I am going to share it with all my single friends who are thinking of doing online dating or who are actually in the progress of doing it.
Merry Christmas Everyone! Happy Reading!
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