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30 First Dates Paperback – January 10, 2015
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"Stacey Wiedower takes readers on a fun and wild ride with her debut novel. Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk will enjoy this book." -Melissa Amster, Chick Lit Central
"This is so flipping fun ... The characters are well-developed, it's funny and I wanted to be the main character." -Carol Maloney Scott, author of
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"Even though I wasn't looking for love at 30, most of what Erin went through in this book resonated with me. To me it was about finding what made you happy and being true to that ... I liked this book so much that I decided to make my own bucket list." -Heather Balog, author of The 8 Mistakes of Amy Maxwell
"This book is absolutely captivating." -Amazon 5-star review
About the Author
Stacey had barely blown out the candles on her 21st birthday cake when she took her first job as a reporter at a daily newspaper. She later followed her passion to interior design school and spent three years working at a firm with bizarre similarities to the set of Designing Women. Today she funnels that experience into her work as a full-time freelance writer, penning everything from magazine articles to website copy to a bi-weekly column called Inside Design. She also writes romantic comedy, and the zany characters she's met poke their heads into her stories from time to time. Stacey lives in Memphis, Tenn., with her husband, also a writer, and a son who's inherited their overactive imaginations.
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I gave this book two stars because at least there were no glaring spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Erin starts a blog about her experience, and it quickly gains tons of followers, in part because she used to date a guy named Noah, who is dating a bestselling author, who had been dating a famous actor named Colin Marks. When the author, Amelia, breaks things off with Colin to go back to Noah, it’s a tabloid sensation, and what Erin’s role may have been in helping Noah and Amelia get together, and therefore America’s sweethearts end things, makes Erin’s blog big news. The blog becomes bigger news after getting coverage in other media, including TV.
You can figure out the gist of how things are going to end in chapter one. Another flaw with the book is that I could never figure out why Erin stayed friends with her very self-centered friend Hilary, who slept with a man Erin was dating. Hilary is no longer a close friend, but Erin is still the maid of honor in her wedding, despite the fact that Hilary had cheated on her fiancé more than once. Also, I thought there were a lot of opportunities for humor that just weren’t here. Obviously, humor is not Wiedower’s style, but I feel like it’s been a long time since I’ve found a book of fiction that makes me laugh out loud. I keep having to turn to nonfiction to laugh so hard I fall off the couch. What’s going on, publishing industry? We readers like to laugh *and* cry.
The premise of 30 First Dates (Not happy with the status quo in her life, Erin Crawford decides to shake things up and go on 30 dates with 30 guys before her 30th birthday while simultaneously crossing off all the crazy things she drunkenly put on her bucket list.) is clever and engaging. And big kudos to Wiedower for having the creativity to come up with those bucket list items (I've tried to make one of these myself, and it's not easy!)
The author's prose flows effortlessly, her characterizations are strong and multi-faceted, and I felt very invested in Erin's journey. To my surprise since I don't normally cry while reading Chick Lit, I burst into tears over a scene that occurred in the middle of the story because Erin had an emotionally revealing conversation with a friend that really struck a chord in me. Although it takes her a while to get there (Almost a year!), Erin does learn a lot through the experiences she has and the mistakes she makes in the story and ends up in a place that I felt really good about.
I look forward to reading more of Wiedower's work and was excited to hear that she has a new release coming out this summer. This author is definitely one to watch!
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Amusing story of a young woman's search for the perfect date......30 tries before her 30th