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“Dating is something every woman has to do, but it’s so much more fun to read about Kristen doing it, and living to tell about it so hilariously, than actually having to suffer through it yourself. Thank you, sister.” —Heather McDonald, comedian and author of You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again

“Never has the quest for love and sobriety seemed so hilariously poignant. A fizzy cocktail of Bridget Jones with a splash of A Million Little Pieces, Kristen McGuiness has bared her soul to give us a refreshing portrait of a young woman hell-bent on finding the perfect guy—only to find herself along the way.” —Kirsten Smith, co-screenwriter of Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You, and The Ugly Truth; author of The Geography of Girlhood

“Any woman who can go on fifty-one dates stone-cold sober is showing pluck that can’t be ignored. Kristen McGuiness has concocted a truly terrific read.” —Deanna Kizis, author of How to Meet Cute Boys and Finishing Touches

“As a woman who’s been dating in Los Angeles for five years—sober—I do miss the ‘beer goggles.’ If you aren’t using booze to get through it, baby, you better laugh, or cry. This book will have you doing both.” —Lisa Ann Walter, actress and comedian

About the Author

Kristen McGuiness works in fundraising for a Los Angeles nonprofit serving low-income children, youth, and families. Before she was paid to spend time with four-year-olds, she worked in publishing for St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins (via the office of Judith Regan), and in film as a junior creative executive. Her first screenplay, The Betty, was optioned last year. She spends her free time hanging out with horses, shamans, and people who used to drink.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; 1 edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593764138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764135
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,042,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Konrad Baumeister VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
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...or, looking for love in all the wrong places.

Kristen in still young, clever, now reliably sober, employed, and living in the LA she loves, but she's lonely and wants a man in her life. She vows to go on 51 dates in the next 50 weeks. Using at the least the power of numbers to her advantage, after all that she should have met at least one man eligible for a rewarding long-term relationship, right? Well, depends. In any case, the premise of the book is to do a chapter per date, and the book works as a sort of diary of her love-life, family life, work life, and general state of mind for that year; the blurb on the back cover suggests a cross between Briget Jones Diary and A Million Little Pieces, but I was thinking more like Groundhog Day.

Not every date is really a new date with a new man; sometimes the dates are one of Kristen's uncles, her mom, her healing shaman, her horse, a walk through the observatory; sometimes it's a date, but she has a way when sitting in front of a guy with a cup of coffee, of going into herself and her memory, so instead of a story of what a loser or jerk or prince this new guy is, we often get a good deal of back story on the guy she'd really prefer to be with, usually some beautiful loser who would be poison for her today (and was poison for her when she really did date him). Sometimes the chapter is entirely back story. There is also a lot - A LOT - about her previous abuse of alcohol, nitrous, cocaine, one nighters, herpes, and her new life now that she is sober. She is smart, and can certainly capture a moment in writing, but she's not as tough to pigeon-hole as a personality as she likes to claim she is.
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...but 51/50 turned out to be completely engaging. our protagonist, and author kristin mcguiness, opens with something of a personal challenge to herself: with newly found sobriety and a personal history that has precluded dating deep into her twenties, engage in a journey that winds through men, spirit, and the hills around L.A. in search of something special.

51/50 is as much autobiography written in real time, as it must have been a philosophic and spiritual journey. the book itself is as much a character as is her mother, shaman, father, uncles, friends, her horse, and the men who bounce around in her personal pinball machine. ordinarily i personally find this sort of journaling repellent as a form of literature, but this kristen mcguiness compels you to look deeply into each connection she makes and the context she brings to every meeting.

who knows if hers is a sympathetic figure. from her own description she is beautiful and, well, purely L.A. she escapes deep addictions to alcohol, coke, and lifestyle and, through determination and, well, genetically imbued spunk, to get her dream job, remain beautiful, and write. who among us has time (inclination?) to go out on 50 dates in a year?

she embodies the archetype that the rest of us either admires from afar, or detest for the happy superficiality. some speak of the NY Yankees in the same way, and woody allen has opinions on the differences between NYC and L.A. we all do, and you will bring that bias with you in this celebration of all things L.A. kristin embraces L.A. the way the heroines of Sex and the City embrace NYC, though 51/50 wanders through both.

who NEEDS to read this book? the answer might surprise you. men.
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I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book. Then it rapidly started to get very stale. The idea of the dates was a cool idea but the author seems to just drag it out and repeat the same issues over and over again. I'm not going to lie I had to stop reading after a bit. As I just couldn't seen to stay focused on the constant loop of this book.
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By Cynthia on April 26, 2013
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I loved this book. I actually saved it after I read it and my friend is going to read it soon. I like how this is a woman's story even if it's a little fudged, but it's about life, love, personal struggle, addictions, and heartache. She holds nothing back and it's sad but very relateable.
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Saw this as a free selection on amazon for Kindle and it looked pretty good. The idea sounded cute and funny: a single, now sober alchoholic is tired of being alone and decides she will go on 51 dates on 50 weeks, on a quest for true love.

Too bad this book wasn't as cute and funny as I had hoped it would be. I wanted to like this book. I really did. In fact, I wanted to LOVE it.
Even when I was half way through and bored , I still kept on reading, hoping it would get better. Each chapter was a "date" and some of the dates weren't really dates at all,unless you count her visiting her dad in jail, seeing her therapist or hanging with her family, dates. Also, it would have been better if the dates focused on the actual date and didn't lead into a memory from her past or a past relationship. To me it was less about finding love and more about finding herself, which is ok too, but not what I was expecting.
I will say there were some good parts.
One paragraph in particular stood out to me:
" No more conversation. No more casual jokes. Because I am done waiting around for men who don't know how or don't want to be there".
Now THAT is something I can really relate to. I just wished the rest of the book was like that. I did have hopes of enjoying every last page of this book-unfortunately I didn't know that was all I would enjoy-the last page.
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