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31 Dates in 31 Days Paperback – September 27, 2011

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"Through this fun experiment, Tamara gives every girl out there hope: do something different and something different will happen!" - Kimberlee Auerbach, author, The Devil, The Lovers & Me: My Life in Tarot

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"31 Dates takes you from being chosen to being the chooser, from feeling rejected to doing the rejecting, and from loneliness to love. It's a must-read for any woman who has told all of her friends that she's swearing off men but who can't seem to swear them off for good." - Alisa Bowman, author, Project: Happily Ever After

"This tale is much more than a dating marathon, it's a story about picking yourself up and getting on with your life when it would be easier to sit on the couch with a bucket of bon-bons. This is a daring adventure... with and ending that delights." -Anna Mitchael, author, Just Don't Call Me Ma'am

"When Johnson challenged herself to go on 31 Dates in 31 Days, she didn't realize that it would end up being an act of radical self-love. Her journey proves the ultimate truth that you have to love yourself before you can find and have great love." - Christine Arylo, author of Madly in Love with ME and Choosing ME Before WE

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved it! I loved it! Who doesn't love a good 1st date story. At some point, we have all sat with friends, laughing and cringing, about our own 1st dates. In 31 Dates in 31 Days, Tamara takes us on the ultimate dating adventure; 30 first or blind dates, in a row (without a second date until day 31)!
There is something terrifying and thrilling about going out with a complete or near stranger for the first time. You never quite know what you are going to get. Will it be boring or uncomfortable? Will we have anything to talk about? Will we have any common interests? Will I feel self-conscious, or will he put me at ease. Will something happen where I make a fool of myself or will I make a good first impression? Will he be someone I don't even want to spend the evening with, or will I want to spend the rest of my life with him? Will he like me? Do I want him to like me?
As Tamara embarks on this dating project, she hopes that she can figure out what she has been doing wrong. Now she has 31 opportunities to relearn how to date. The task is both physically and emotionally difficult, but as she takes the time open up, reserve judgment, and look for the best in each man, she learns to respect, appreciate, and many times, really connect with them. She mostly learns about herself, and how to have hope for the future.
I couldn't wait to start each chapter to read about her next dating adventure in New York City. Would it be terrible or thrilling?
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I grabbed 31 Dates in 31 Days to read on a road trip with my family. Generally when I bring a book to read in the car, I barely read 10 pages before I put it down to interact with everyone else, listen to the music, or just soak in the drive. But I couldn't put 31 Dates down! I found myself reading for most of the drive, in the hotel bathroom late at night, and the second we got back into the car to go home!:)

In this charming book, the author takes you down the road of her past, failed relationships. It begins with another break up and her sense of helplessness, and a pathetic desire to make a bad relationship work just to be in it. She wants to give up on men, but the reader can tell that she is really tempted to give up on herself.

Instead, encouraged by her girlfriends, she embarks on a self-made dating boot camp project to learn how to be a better dater. In the process, she finds that every guy out there has something wonderful to offer-- but more importantly, she learns her own worth. As she uncovers tidbits of wisdom in each date about love and life, she shares them with us.

This book is great for the single girl who wants to change her life, for the married girl who loves romance, for the man who wants to understand what women want. Tamara Duricka Johnson is funny, self-deprecating, blatantly honest and so endearing. You will find yourself rooting for her, and perhaps for one (or four) of her dates along the way. Who will she choose for a second date? You've got to read to find out!
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I am a tough sell with nonfiction. I tend to have a very short attention span when it comes to nonfiction. I should have considered this issue of mine when I agreed to review 31 Dates in 31 Days, but I thought that the premise sounded so interesting that I would be able to overcome my nonfiction qualms.

And, in large part, I did enjoy 31 Dates in 31 Days. I really admired Tamara for undergoing the challenge to date a new guy every day for a month. I would never have that kind of nerve! I always found dating to be so difficult, and am so glad to be happily married.

Admiration for the author aside, I did have one problem with the book. The book is set up with each chapter describing one of the 31 dates. The date is described, followed by some introspection as to what Tamara has learned from the experience. That was great for the first few dates, but the "lessons learned" parts started to feel repetitive. And heavily written. It kept the book from feeling light and fun for me. I appreciated Tamara's growth and experience, but I was looking for a light-hearted read. I enjoyed reading about the dates, and the guys, and guessing as to who would be date 31. I could have done without the deep thinking at the end of each chapter.

With that said, I would still recommend 31 Dates in 31 Days. Just be aware that it is not a "fluffy" read. It makes you think and reflect on your own personal choices---which is great, it was just not what I was expecting. If I were a single girl, I probably would have liked this book even more than I did. But, being a happily married new mom, it probably wasn't the most appropriate choice for my current situation.
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This is a copy/paste from my Goodreads.com review
The reveal halfway through the book that the author was a Mormon was a pleasant surprise. It also made me wish I lived in a metropolis like NYC. Lots of fun things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah, too, if you can get the boys to put down the video game controllers long enough to take an interest in dating. Or maybe Tamara was just very lucky to have so many connections like working in television and being blessed with such a large network of girlfriends to give her project so much success and exposure. No way could I find that many educated men in here Utah who weren't already married since all the 30+ single men left in the dating pool are either gay, divorced or still single for a reason. For most women, a man with a bachelor's degree is a big plus and I would be very interested to know just how many of these men the author went out with didn't leave the girlfriend they were currently living with at home that night. Tamara made them all sound a little TOO good to be true.
Nevertheless, I salute her for her venture and I hope her marriage was an eternal one. Perhaps there's hope for the rest of us singletons.
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