Sunday, 12 May 2013
Book Review: Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker
Click: An Online Love Story
by Lisa Becker
Available from amazon
Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.
The main reason I agreed to review this book was beacuse over twenty years ago I met my husband through the precursor of internet dating: a lonely hearts in a newspaper and I was eager to see if Renee could find her true love on the internet. One of Renee's friends, Ashley, at the beginning of the book says that it's only desperate people who would resort to such a thing, but I don't think that's necessarily true, as evidenced by my own experience of finding my Mr. Right. I'd never have met him otherwise and we wouldn't have been happily together for over twenty years if I hadn't sent off that ad.
The was a fun read about the online dating scene. Written entirely in emails between the characters I wasn't sure how that was going to work, but I was pleasantly surprised. Each email has its own 'voice' of the character, so even if you've missed the headers, you can usually tell who is talking.
We learn all about Renee's disastrous dates, about her relationship with her friends and I have to admit I was smiling at nearly all of her friends Shelley's emails. Shelley seemed to have a man for every night of the week and they had some great nicknames from 'The Cuddler' to 'The Firehose'.
You laugh with Renee over some of the more disastrous men she's been out with and you feel the pain along with her when some of the men treat her horrendously. The book runs the gamut of emotions and even though you are only reading emails and not prose, somehow it works and you do get to know the characters that way.
It's a book about searching for love but it is also one of friendship an support. And no, I'm not going to say whether or not Renee ever finds Mr. Right, you're just going to have to read to find out :)
Reviewed by Annette Gisby
Click also has a sequel:
at May 12, 2013