The Dating Detox Paperback – January 1, 2009
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- Publisher : Avon (January 1, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1847561918
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847561916
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 1.02 x 7.8 inches
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What follows is a very 'sex and the city' type story including all the ups and downs that this 'contract' brings. From meeting good looking men to learning to say no - to learning to love herself again. Of course, a love story is always involved in books like these so OF COURSE she meets a man that she is tempted to end the 'dating sabbatical' for.. Will she or won't she?
I really enjoyed reading this but I did feel it went went on a little longer than it perhaps should have done. Toward the end, I found myself tiring of the 'dating sabbatical' since she was very clearly in love but firmly sticking to the "NO I'M NOT DATING" stance.. It just got a little long winded. Also - Wow, how much does this girl DRINK?! I don't know if this was intentional but every day she was coming home uproariously drunk. I suppose in chick-lit world, this is acceptable! Ha.
Regardless, I'd definitely recommend this for anyone looking for a fun, light and funny read!
If you don't like swearing and drunken antics this probably isn't for you. But for me, it just made it more realistic. Yes there are some 'convieniant' plot devices but they are easy to overlook and lets face it, it's part and parcel of the genre. From the start you know that she is somehow going to bump into old friends in odd places and that is part of Sass' developpment. It was great to see how she reacted in each situation and watch her gain confidence after so many set backs.
I read it in a day then read it again almost immediatly. I lent it to my sisters and they loved it too, we often read sections aloud to eachother and many hours of giggling have ensued. Well worth the buy!
Jake is... :p
The book is written by Sass and almost immediately I realised this was a book absolutely made for me. I almost had the feeling that I was having a phone conversation with a friend and she was keeping me updated on what was going on. Sass is a great character and I loved the fact that the book was about staying away from men. It is clear that although Sass is a complete nightmare and lacking in things such as confidence, she is also extremely loveable. She is extremely funny and warm and I found myself on more than one occasion actually snorting with laughter (not attractive I know).
This book is not meant to be taken seriously and no it's not mentally challenging (but that is NOT my forte) so it suited me down to the ground. The best part of this book is the absolute realism to it. I loved the way Sass spoke to her friends Bloomie and Kate, largely because that's the way I speak to my friends. The biggest and most funny aspect was I almost felt like this book took me down memory lane. The reminiscing and word plays that went on, as well as the drinking and stumbling around drunk was all too familiar.
This book is NOT to be taken too seriously. It is however a true testament to the life of a single girl in her late twenties, soon to be thirty. I loved the whole book and absolutely loved the ending. I adored the girls, the male friends and even the people Sass worked with. I was a part of this story and for that reason I would highly recommend to all you ladies out there that want a highly entertaining read.
Roll on for me with book 2!
The Dating Detox marks itself as an `anti romantic comedy'. And while this is true in the sense that the main focus is not purely about the protagonist finding a man, there are plenty of romantic goings-on within the pages, for those of you who like to read about lurve.
What stood out for me while reading this book was the voice. Its witty, conversational tone made me feel as if I knew the character of Sass and experienced the journey of the dating detox alongside her. It was kind of like chatting to a mate. A hilarious mate. The supporting cast were fun, unique and a joy to read.
I like my novels with a large dose of comedy. And The Dating Detox really delivers the laughs. Gemma has a brilliant way with words. The dialogue was sparkly and sharp, the situational comedy well observed, and the various bastardos (in particular, Rick) total comedy brilliance.
This book is slightly left of chick lit. While it contains all the elements of the genre, it does so with a fresh, unabashed take on the lives of women. I loved it. I'm pretty sure you will too.
Her friends are well written and I enjoyed the humour, it didn't make me laugh out loud, but a lot of the escapades summoned a wry smile and a "yes, I know how that feels". A
very good hero as well, who is interesting rather than just a sterotype.
Despite obvious nods to the much superior "Bridget Jones' Diary", its quite substantial for chick-lit and after the first 100 pages I did enjoy it, whopping coincidences and all.