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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235718
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,051,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carlos Kotkin performs stand-up around the country at both Upright Citizens Brigade and the Comedy Central Stage. As an essayist, he's been featured in Fanzine, Pop-Serial, and the anthology Dirty Laundry. He is also the creator of the film short Overcoming Shyness.

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This is incredibly funny and Carlos is an amazing story teller.
Kareem Battle
Most people have one or two dating horror stories, but lucky for us, Carlos has enough to fill a book.
Mattesonp
It has been years since I read a book cover to cover in a day's time.
victoria

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Earls on July 5, 2012
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I first heard of Carlos Kotkin one day on the drive home from work, while listening to an episode of Unfictional on NPR's KCRW. He narrated two hilarious adventures about attending two proms, ten years apart. Both tales were incredibly uncomfortable and hilarious. It was one of those moments where I was made prisoner in my own car, parked in front of my house for a good ten minutes, not wanting to miss a word. Carlos' deadpan delivery of situations so strangely awkward, and at the same time unbelievably relatable, captivated me. So of course when I heard that Kotkin had a novel coming out, I was stoked.

I was not disappointed. Chronicling his love life starting from his first elementary school crush to adulthood, we are made witness to seemingly every poignant, clumsy, charming and disastrous dating encounter he ever had. The chapter entitled, "The H Word" (which relates to the book's title) had me rolling. And "Not Making Out" was a charming story that had me rooting for Carlos and a gal he met Speed Dating, a person who finally seemed to get his quirky sense of humor. The prom stories are in there, too!

"Herpes" made me laugh out loud, and also made me incredibly happy to be married, which is a neat trick. Strong work, Kotkin.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By victoria on March 10, 2012
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Don't let the title or cover art fool you, this is a book that women will love! Herpes provides an honest, laugh-out-loud hilarious and ultimately touching perspective of one man's search for true love. Written as a series of shorts that span the globe and some 20 years time, the book is a very fun read. In his pursuit for love, the author's experiences range from awkward to embarrassingly so, which over time, help him reprioritize the expectations he once had for "the one". The author is as genuine and likeable as he is desperate and persistent. He gives single women everywhere hope that good men in search of honest love do still exist, and mothers everywhere a glimpse into the social consequences of letting their children bond emotionally with domesticated fowl.

It has been years since I read a book cover to cover in a day's time. Herpes was everything I love in a book, and I found myself wanting more when it was finished. And I still find myself rooting for the author in his quest to find true love!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam D. Maloney on April 18, 2012
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Not bad... it was recommended for me because I read David Sedaris and Wade Rouse, so I was a bit surprised that this is from a hetero perspective. It begins and ends well, but the middle is a bit of a slog.

The best essays are really very good, but many are slow moving and repetitive-- Boy meets Girl, Boy dates Girl, Boy is appalled-- It's very rarely *his* issues that cause things to go badly, it's always some female failing. The middle of the book is mostly tales of this sort, and as stand alone pieces they may have worked. But reading one after another stops being a pleasure and starts feeling like homework. Thank God they start to improve at about the 3/4 mark, or I'd never have bothered finishing.

The author is a bit prissy and superior about his dislike of alcohol and coffee, and he whines a lot about his inability to find 'The One'. It's a lot like a collection of episodes of 'How I Met Your Mother', without any of the amusing supporting cast or the bar scenes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heath303 on June 25, 2012
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I really thought, based on the good reviews and title alone, that this book would be hilarious. That was my only expectation actually...I just wanted a good beach read that would make me laugh. Despite the riske title, this book was the furthest thing from funny I've read in a while. The jokes are hokey and I began to suspect that there was no way for me to relate to Carlos (or even like him) when he attended a high school prom as a 29-year-old (which sounds funny, but just comes off creepy). Some of the dates are mildly entertaining, but most of the time I just wished he would stop writing about them. He doesn't drink alcohol or coffee and hasn't had a cavity in his life. I realize this might make him endearing to some, but it just sounded condescending and grating to me, especially after he reminds the reader of these facts for the 38th time. I bought a copy of this book for myself and another for my friend to take on her honeymoon. I may not have gotten away unscathed, having read the book in its entirety already, but I pleaded with her to return it for something else before she even picks it up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mattesonp on October 30, 2012
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Very funny book. Many of his stories left me thinking, "How are these people real?" Most people have one or two dating horror stories, but lucky for us, Carlos has enough to fill a book. Whether it's a a day at Knotts Berry Farms with a girl that forgets to mention she doesn't like rides, a blind date with an actual blind woman, or going to prom at age 28, Carlos' stories about his dating misadventures are all supremely interesting and very funny. Through his self-depreciating humor and kindness, Carlos comes across as a guy you're pulling for. I spent the book rooting for him to find the right girl, even while secretly hoping the next date would be worse than the last, just so I could be entertained.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Pool on September 29, 2013
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Really tragically funny. You will laugh until it hurts.
I've pretty much said all there is to say about this book but amazon wants me to add more words. Odd.
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