A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE ON DATING — A REVIEW

As Renee Greene approaches her thirtieth birthday, still single and not in a viable relationship, she and another friend, Mark, decide to give online dating a try.

Their experiences range from funny to horrific, with humiliation showing up all too often.

Even as Renee optimistically approaches each connection, open to the possibilities, she is also wary because of all the relationship “failures” of her life thus far.

Click: An Online Love Story is told completely through e-mails between Renee, her friends Shelley, Mark, and Ashley, and the potential dates.

It took awhile to get into the flow of this kind of story-telling. And then I did. But as I finally started to feel connected to the style, something happened midway through the book, and I lost the flow. It became difficult to focus, and I kept having to check back to see who each e-mail was to and from. There were a barrage of e-mails, with varying addressees, which felt confusing; my eyes started to cross.

The story and the characters were likeable, and I could relate to most of them. I think I would have found a combination of e-mails and ordinary story-telling more reader-friendly; but for those readers who can handle the format, I would recommend this very contemporary perspective on dating. I also liked the little surprise twist at the end leading to a “feel good” conclusion. 3.5 stars.

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