Sunday, February 15, 2015

Book Review: Love By The Book

Love by the Book: A NovelAuthor: Melissa Pimentel
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Books

A hilarious and refreshingly honest foray into modern dating, Age, Sex, Location is Bridget Jones's Diary for HBO's Girls generation.

An American living in London, Lauren is intelligent, beautiful and loves to party. So why can't she convince a man she isn't after something more serious than scrambled eggs and goodbye in the morning?

Determined to snare some regular male affection, she embarks on a project: each month she will follow the rules of a different dating guide - from refusing to pay the bill to chatting up every man in her path - and will switch seamlessly to the next book at the end of each month. 

Lauren's love life is about to get scientific.

And just like that, I had my first test subject.

She always knew just what to say to make me feel brave.

Sometimes it’s nice to have a man make a fuss over you.

Lauren Cunningham is in her twenties, a bit unlucky in love, and is currently living in London and looking to have a bit of fun. Lauren, having had enough of love and all of its bitter sentiments, decides to start experimenting with a different dating guide each month to help her meet guys and hopefully help her make her relationships last a bit longer. Following these dating guides leads Lauren into some comical and quite unpredictable situations. She tries her best not to get too attached to these men and at least one of these dates is sure to give you a good laugh. Lauren wants these dates to seem like a scientific study, so she doesn’t use their real names but rather gives them hysterical code names. She is so witty and fun to follow!

This is a chick lit that truly deserves a moment in the spotlight. It was such a light and fun read and completely made me forget the real world around me for a while. This book was compared to Bridget Jones’ Diary, and I would say that this comparison is as about as accurate as they come. Lauren’s modern dating disasters are sure to resonate with more than just single women; Lauren’s characters and her shaky love life are a reminder that nothing about love or dating is easy. Lauren not only reminded me of Bridget Jones but a little of Carrie Bradshaw as well, especially with all the dating advice. Either way you look at it, this was an amazing story that was fun from the front cover all the way to the final page.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Penguin Books in exchange for my honest review***

1 comment:

  1. I've never heard of this book before but the blurb, cover and your amazing review have convinced me that I have to read it:)
    I love a good chick lit book but sometimes they get repetitive in terms of plot or characters but this sounds like one of a kind! I can already imagine laughing out loud while reading about one of her dates and her quirky yet 'scientific' nicknames for them;)
    I love an 'unlucky in love' story and I love Bridget Jones' Diary so this seems perfect!
    Lovely review and can't wait to read this:D
    Maya @ anotheronceuponatime