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The Truth About Dating (The Quinn Malone series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Lifelong introvert Quinn Malone was sick of spending her evenings at home, doing crossword puzzles and watching reality TV. Successful, smart, and funny, 38-year old Quinn embarks on a quest to find a man, using blind dates, speed, and internet dating to get things moving.
Quinn overcomes her shyness to suffer through dates that are so bad, they’re funny (see the chapter on hunchbacks). With the help of good friends, she successfully transitions through the seven stages of dating: excitement (I’ve still got it!); infatuation (he makes me feel beautiful); disappointment (he looks nothing like his online photo); anger (why is he online if he’s married?); fatigue (I can’t bear the thought of another date); depression (I’m going to grow old and die alone); and acceptance (dating: it is what it is). Through the triumphs and heartbreaks of dating, and of life in general, Quinn uncovers the resilient, dynamic person she’s always been. The question is, has Mr. Right been waiting in the wings all along?

The Truth About Dating is a full-length novel, approximately 120,000 words. If you find any errors in the May 2011 version of this ebook, contact the author via her blog and she will gift you a copy of her latest book.

Editorial Reviews


I loved reading this excerpt. I found it genuinely funny and entertaining, even though it's a subject which doesn't usually appeal to me probably because too often what's written is mostly whiny. The slightly acerbic, but clearly nice first person narrator sounds equally confidential and gossipy at the same time, like she (I assume the author/narrator is a she) is on a personal tell-all binge, but for your ears only. It's first person perfect! The writing is concise, yet filled with enough small details to make it feel very real. While fast moving, it's also well-paced. I appreciate the heroine taking matters into both hands, pulling herself up by the bootstraps, and being willing to give more than one blind date a try! The story (thus far) even makes Omaha, which many consider rather a mid-western backwater, seem more fun than boring.


The premise of the story is stale -- older single professional woman desperate to find a man. It feeds into the stereotype that women aren't really happy unless they have a man in their lives. The literary style was pretty good though there was a tendency to ramble and provide too much minutia that many readers aren't going to really care about. Overall, this story reads more like a blog than like a novel which would not really make me want to buy it or keep reading. If I want to read a blog, I can go online. If I want to get lost in a story, I read a book.

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  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461094585
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045U9RJQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Dating November 4, 2010
By Cashier
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book since I had never heard of the author, and I've been fooled before into thinking some books were going to be good. However, I love reading dating stories and those that talk about dates gone bad so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. I thought this book was wonderful. I completely identified with the main character and found myself rooting for her throughout the book. I started to notice that when I came home every day from work, I was looking forward to reading more of the story. It was definitely one of those 'curl up in front of the fire with hot chocolate' kind of books. I was sad to see it end, but also didn't walk away unfulfilled like many other books out there leave me.

I like getting to know characters, because even though they are just in a story, a well-thought out character can become my friend too as I read about them and go through their lives with them. I felt like this main character was one of the people I hang out with, and reading this story made me want to help her find a man but also at the same time made me glad that I'm not single.

I would highly recommend this book for people that like reading dating stories, and also for those that have forgotten how miserable the single life can sometimes be. You'll find yourself following the main character through her stories and comparing them to your own.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Well, Pacey Was Cool March 2, 2011
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Where does one begin? There is nothing funny or introverted about the main character though those were two words used in her tagline for her online dating profile. She was right out there in your face with her very unfunny observations about men, politics and her friends. I am very much a liberal and her conservative-bashing offended me. Her gimmick of referring to the reader as "Reader" is something that only a Bronte sister can pull off. And if she spent so much time watching Carrie Bradshaw, she would know that the show is called "Sex AND The City", not "Sex IN The City"! She is clueless about men and then is puzzled as to why they don't like her. Her friends are morose or shallow or just plain stupid. And she goes on and on for pages about her conversations with her audiology clients. We get it. You know the field well. That doesn't mean WE want to know all about it. I skipped so many long passages when she was having these client conversations because I really was not interested. Oh, and stop using commas so incorrectly. If you paid for proof-reading, you were ripped off. On an upnote, Pacey was a great character. Perhaps he should have written the book. I'm thinking he would have written a much funnier story with legit reasons to whine. His mistress was clueless. I know this a really harsh review. The writer needs ongoing classes in her craft. The first tenet of good writing: show, don't tell. This book is a whole lot "tell" with very little to show for it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funny Familiar Story January 16, 2011
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As a fan of the books of Jen Lancaster (Bitter is the New Black) and Bridget Jones books and films this book fit into that category for me. It's a big gentler then Jen Lancaster and less fantastical then Bridget Jones, but the underlying stories are similiar. It echoed many of my nightmare dating experiences and the overall awkwardness of it all without glossing it. As I read her story, I thought, how funny, that's something I would do and I think she captures the reality of dating and wanting to meet the right person while still trying to maintain contenment with just enjoying life. Plus the fact that the heroine watched two of my favorite shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Veronica Mars) didn't hurt. I enjoyed it very much. I liked that there were no easy answers or easy endings. It feels much truer to my own experiences then things like Sex and the City women (which I liked but is pretty much a fantasy). This was a very good book, definitely worth a read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where was the editor for this book? April 25, 2011
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Dang, I wish I'd read reviews before wasting my money on this.

I have to admit, I didn't even finish the book. In the first 5 chapters alone, I counted Jane Austen's name misspelled twice ("Austin", an apostrophe where one did not belong (i.e., 's to indicate plural), and the sentence "He voice was so soft..."

I stopped reading because of these annoying errors. Looking at other 1-star reviews, I see I didn't miss anything.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique December 10, 2010
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What a wonderful book. Charming, funny and different to everything else out there. I fell in love with the main character and felt all her ups and her downs. Great to read something that is not your traditional love story
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick good read December 13, 2010
By HarasK
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If you want a quick, fun read, this is the book. I thought this book was very entertaining. I found myself wanting to keep reading it to find out what would happen next with the main character. I was laughing out loud and smiling throughout the book with the author's dating experiences. The author is very witty and the book is well written. Overall, a quick, fun, and entertaining read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for people over 30 trying to date. March 17, 2009
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I found myself relating to the character trying to date. For women especially over 30 trying to find a date, it is a job within itself. I found myself in the same situation being a school teacher trying to find a date with the word "school Marm" placed upon me. I love this authors funny interpretation of the "dating world". I would have to disagree with the editorials comment on ...we are not complete without a man rhetoric..I believe the author is just conveying the difficulties it is trying to find a date a soul mate a person to have a family with . After years of dating on line and of line I found my match and had kids in my late 30's. This is a great read for all my single girlfriends . WE all need a little laughter when it comes to such a hard job and the most important one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Liked It
I like honest books that are real and funny. I mean that's what life is really like. Overall a good read and enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Tyler_girl
4.0 out of 5 stars This girl knows the single life!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a single woman in my late twenties, I can relate very well to this book. Everything is funny and some parts hit really close to home. Read more
Published 6 months ago by KelseyJane
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read..
Read it awhile back when it was offered free on Amazon. LOVED IT. Great book, Julie!! Two thumbs up.
Published 9 months ago by STEFANIE L. TEEGARDEN
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Another reviewer mentioned this reads more like a blog than a novel. I completely agree. It's pretty much a list of bad date after bad date. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kat312
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and oh so true!
I am older and dating and this book, surprisingly, mirrors my experiences! The lines that she lists that some men include in their profiles are so on target. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh....
Nothing amazing about the story the main character comes off as self absorbed and shallow. But then again not too far from the truth about most people.
Published 17 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, relatable
I really enjoyed this book, so much that I am now reading the sequel "The Truth About Happily Ever After. Read more
Published 21 months ago by sarajane82
2.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Dating
I will start with the disclaimer that I am still less than half done with this book, so maybe my opinion will change, but right now I am not enjoying it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by G. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with a realistic ending
This book is a must read for women wanting to find their prince charming. It makes me realize that unfortunately, ending up with the right guy is much harder than it looks, things... Read more
Published on April 16, 2013 by Sonyab
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!!!
I can relate to Quinn so much that its not funny. It was a great read, I would recommend this book to everyone!
Published on March 16, 2013 by B.Joseph
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More About the Author

Julie Christensen is the author of "Searching for Meredith Love," "The Truth About Dating," and two Ruby Neptune mysteries: "Murder Beyond Words" and "Murder with Art." A native New Yorker, Julie studied painting at Pratt Institute and worked briefly in advertising on Fifth Avenue before she realized that her "creative" job was sucking the life out of her soul. Julie worked as a live-in Au Pair in Brooklyn, taught preschool, and lived in Barcelona and New Mexico before finally going back to school to get her Masters in Audiology. It was while living in Omaha, Nebraska that she discovered how hard dating is for thirty-somethings. She began writing about her horrible dates to amuse her single friends and make her married friends appreciate their husbands. "The Truth About Dating" is based on these experiences. Julie was introduced to her future husband by an acquaintance who, after reading a draft of "The Truth About Dating," realized that she knew the perfect man for Julie. One blind date led to marriage less than a year later. They now have two children, ages 3 and 4. Julie continues to paint ( and write ( She is currently at work on her fifth novel, the sequel to "The Truth About Dating."

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