How To Meet A Guy At The Supermarket Paperback – November 4, 2010
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- Paperback : 210 pages
- ISBN-10 : 145631100X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1456311001
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.48 x 8.5 inches
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2010)
- Language: : English
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- #438,324 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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I did. And going to the supermarket for 15 years as a single guy, I might have had a conversation once or twice with an eligible woman. So the book How to Meet a Guy in the Supermarket grabbed my attention. Was there something I was doing wrong all those years?
Maybe, but maybe not. The book Sex in America lists the five most common ways people meet their spouses. The survey was done on people who were married for twenty or more years so internet dating sites wouldn't make the list, yet. Here is the top five: School, work, introduced by a friend, church, and proximity (in other words, someone who is a neighbor you might see walking the dog, getting the mail, or in the supermarket). My wife and I are both teachers. We met at work through friends, so does that mean we met at school or at work or introduced? Either way, we met one of the most common ways. Obviously there can be some overlap.
Next on the list and in a distant sixth place was meeting someone in a bar. Meeting someone in a supermarket made the list but it was under one percent of couples but it was ahead of the laundromat, which also made the list. The author lumped them all together and called the category "meeting someone cold" - in other words, striking up a conversation with a stranger. Combined, it accounted for less than five percent of marriages lasting twenty years or only one marriage in twenty.
So why is there this big myth about meeting someone cold? It's romantic and the thing you'd expect from a movie. Or maybe most people who met that way never get married or end up divorced before twenty years of marriage. So when I picked up How to Meet a Guy in the Supermarket, I wanted to know if it revealed this secret.
What I got was a delightful read. Quinn, the narrator, is able to laugh at herself as she comes up with one idea after another, most failing in bizarre ways. She has a personality that sets the tone and makes the book charming to read even though at times I wanted to scream at her. In a way, it reminds me Goldie Locks in the Three Bears, but you have to read it to see why I say that.
Let me get this straight, this is chick-lit romantic comedy. It is fun. Imagine yourself watching a movie like "The Proposal." It has funny scenes that make you laugh. This book works in the same way. And I could picture it as a Hollywood movie. As long as you know what you're getting into, this book is pure pleasure.
And what's the key to a romance? Keep the two lovers separated. Create a lovers triangle or two. When the right guy comes along, the reader knows who it is, but Quinn doesn't. And as long as they are apart, the book remains interesting. The story doesn't disappoint and it stays interesting to the end.
All this time, she is doing her man shopping, she befriends Trevor, who works in the seafood section of the super market, who she only sees as a friend. Ending is pretty predictable, but book was still a fun and entertaining read!
Quinn is a 30-something journalist who has a regular column in a travel magazine. She decides she's tired of being alone, so she plans to find her mate...at her local grocery store.
I had several complaints about this story. The first was that, tho Quinn got approval from her editor to incorporate her exploits into her monthly article (& thus get paid for her experiment), we never get to see a single thing she writes. To be quite honest, because of the title, it would've made sense to me to actually include some of Quinn's articles relating to her exploits. We never even get to see the proposal she submits to her editor, so I'm not totally clear how she even turned a travel tip article into how to find a guy at the local supermarket. Perhaps this wouldn't have been such a big deal, but it's referenced so often throughout the story, I started to find it annoying & kept wondering what the heck she was writing. But moving on...
Quinn ticked me off. I found her to be so utterly self-absorbed & just outright dumb that I couldn't empathize with her. She acted like she was 18. I couldn't stand how Degarmo went to such lengths to keep Quinn from being with the obvious guy for her. It was too contrived & silly for me. On top of that, I got confused by Quinn's personality. In the beginning, Quinn's saying how outlandish her behavior could be & how much trouble she tends to cause, but in her private thoughts & conversations with her, she comes across as awkward & uncertain of herself. Perhaps some of her behavior at the grocery store could be considered outlandish, but I just found it...well, pathetic, really. The whole time I had to keep reminding myself that this woman is in her 30s! Because she just didn't behave as someone who's lived in the real world. (And don't forget, Quinn was a successful, globe-trotting journalist.) There were other issues I had with her, but I'll leave it at that.
Too much time was skimmed over. There was so much detail lacking, it was like I was reading a very drawn out novella. Does that even exist? If so, this would be it.
The writing was not bad. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. It was simply ok. I wasn't impressed with the dialogue. I even set the book aside to come back to it with a different frame of mind, but I just couldn't get into this book at all. Obviously a lot of people liked this book. I had really hoped to be one of them, b/c I love finding new authors, & I love dollar books. (Also I bought another book by Degarmo when I bought this, so it would've worked out wonderfully if I'd liked this book.) Unfortunately, I was left disappointed, wishing I'd downloaded the sample. I knew within the first few pages that this book wasn't going to do it for me.
So that's my advice. Try a sample before committing to this book. You may be one of the many who loved this book. However, you might be one of the few like me who didn't care for it, & I'd rather you didn't waste the dollar. Obviously I'll start the other book I bought by Degarmo (I DID pay the dollar, after all), but it may not get finished.