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Have you heard the one about the bad first date? Probably not like this. In Crazy Girls, comedian Max Lance treats us to five first dates gone wrong, taking readers through a gauntlet of hopeful forays that culminate in a range of more or less disastrous denouements, from New Year's Eve drunkenness to an attempted spiritual conversion. But if his bad first dates aren't colossally worse than anyone else's, they are generally more fun in the retelling, not least because his Crazy Girls--Ingrid, Devin, Nina, Lauren, Tracy--are not that much crazier than the rest of us. And because of this candid admission, finally, we end up glad that Lance survives with a handful of compelling stories and a clean bill of health. --Jason Kirk

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  • File Size: 97 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publication Date: July 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRVGUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Max Lance is a writer, producer and stand-up comedian who lives in Los Angeles. His first book, Crazy Girls, was an Amazon Kindle Single Bestseller for over three months. His web series, High School Summary, has been viewed over a half-million times. His work has been featured in The New York Times, ABC's 20/20 and The Hollywood Reporter. Max has worked for Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and the Fox Soccer documentary, Being: Liverpool. He is a drop-out of NYU and a graduate of the USC film school.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Monaghan on July 15, 2011
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I gather Lance is in his twenties and it may be the kiss of death for his literary fortunes to know that this mini-memoir resonates with those of us in the coveted 65-to-death demographic, but that's life.

Lance is a fearless writer who is not afraid to reveal himself "warts and all," so much so that one hopes his parents are no longer living. His tales of dates from hell are the kind of thing that no parent would want to read, but that every parent (or at least, every father) will recognize from his own past.

Nice to know that for all the much-vaunted changes wrought by that long-ago "sexual revolution" the mating game is still as painful and hilarious as I remember it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. DeRosa on July 15, 2011
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Lance is an amazingly funny writer and the book had me laughing out loud. Perfect kindle book for bringing on the subway and examining the women around me, wondering what secret craziness lurks beneath their normal-seeming exteriors. If you're looking for a solidly written, hilarious read, pick this one up.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nick on July 16, 2011
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What could easily be just a bunch of funny stories about "crazy dates" is in fact a great look at why we date who we do, what works and doesn't work in a relationship, and what ultimately dating should be about. It's got lots of comedy no doubt, but even the "crazy" girls in the story are usually given their due as fully realized and sympathetic people who are acting the way they are for a reason. Great hour read to pass a lunch break or a train ride
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stacy M. on August 3, 2011
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Based on the description and the reviews, I expected to read about several first dates gone wrong from a comedic standpoint. Comedy, you dig? This book read more like a thinly veiled homage to the author, who tried to be quirky and humble but (IMO) came off like a jerk. Victims of rape and the family of murder victims might have legitimate reasons for emotional imbalance ("crazy"), hmm? Given his seemingly extensive repertoire of dates, he made odd choices to write about for a comedic short. I'd be hard pressed to find something worse that I've wasted $1 and 20 minutes on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rett01 VINE VOICE on July 16, 2011
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Max Lance (nice name for a comedian) writes about wacky first dates the way Don Rickles talks about blacks and Puerto Ricans. He comes on strong but after all the posturing and swagger he turns out to be a teddy bear at heart, a real mensch.

Here's how he fawns about Jen, the girl he finally meets after encounters with Ingrid, Devin, Nina, Lauren and Tracy: "All I know is that after a slew of terrible nights of dating in New York City, I met a great girl and I don't want to screw it up." Jen, he says, "loves me more than I could ever hope for." That's Lance, the former horndog speaking. And, like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," Lance was a lot more alive and engaging while living the wild life.

"Crazy Girls" would be a big pile of sweet mush if it were just about Jen. The point of this Kindle Short, fortunately, is to recount the stories of his really bad first dates, those hook-ups with weirdness he had before meeting Jen. This is a guy who had an AIDS test before ever having sex, just to reassure and please a potential score. He's the clown who after the first time thought "Why did I wait this long?" His second thought after the first time was "That was quick."

Of all the wackos he spends time with, Devin was especially crazy. Although she said she was fine with it, her upbringing was likely the reason for most of the craziness.

Her mom and grandma had been murdered in separate, unrelated incidents and she was raised by her sex-addicted father in a trailer park. Among the women he'd bring back to the trailer were Devin's teachers and moms of her friends. Devin, as a result, says she has a hard time getting physical with anyone. It took over a year for her to have sex with the guy she dated before meeting Lance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie-the-Greyhound on July 15, 2011
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By a guy who clearly has some dating fiascos, and a sense of humor so we can be let in on the fun.

In his intro he describes a girl with cocaine under her pillow, a cutter, a bulemic and one who expected him to fight a guy...and yet these were not the stories featured! He had better ones. Some of the 'crazy' has a streak of sad underneath--that people are how they are--but the storytelling is what makes it a good read. Very enjoyable with a few insightful comments thrown in for good measure.

A nice, short, diverting read--Recommended!

JTG
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Beatriz Calvo on August 14, 2011
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i read about how hilarious the book was and bought it for a nice summer reading but it actually made me cry. i even found disgusting the fact that some stories were based on suffering women who were raped or whose mother was killed... i didnt find it funny and had a hard time to keep reading after a while. i understand why the price is 0.99
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on August 16, 2011
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Overall, this book was pretty disappointing. First of all, it was short. His whole novel about all the crazy girls he's dated, and there are what, eight date stories? Ten, tops. Plus I think this man has a skewed idea of crazy women. He introduces the book as though he's really dated some weirdos, and you're expecting crazy drunks, total idiots, and maybe some cult followers. Instead you get a girl who is cool and yet, gasp, Christian. Then several girls who are emotionally wounded; I'm talking girls who have been seriously victimized, not silly girls who think a chipped pedicure is an apocalypse. Sure, maybe some of these girls shouldn't have unloaded on the first date. But you can't blame them for having skeletons in their closets. And finally, a couple girls who maybe really did have some problems. Still, most of these can be summed up into a bad breakup, a lot of stress, or maybe PMS. Either way, if this guy thinks all of those girls are crazy, he'll have a hard time finding someone who's not. And then there's the actual writing. It's not horrible. It's not the best. But for a comedian, there should be more jokes, less rambling and fewer bits about the hotness of the few girls you thought it might actually work out with. It doesn't flow, it's not organized, and it needs some serious fleshing out before it's a real book.
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