Click: An Online Love Story was one of my favorite debuts of the year. Written in purely email form, Click tells the story of Renee, who’s almost thirty and looking for love.
Desperate to find a good man in the
area who will treat her right and make her laugh, Renee’s best guy pal, Mark (who’s surprisingly not gay – a nice change up from the conventional chick lit novels), convinces her to join him in a quest of online dating. In her first challenge - before she even begins sifting through the guys – she must decide which dating site, among the plethora of them all she wants to post her profile on. The choices are virtually limitless, from generic sites, like Dating World, to more specific ones, like Choose Jews, Renee’s got a big decision to make that might greatly influence her future cyber love match. Los Angeles
Once she decides on her site, the dating games begin almost instantaneously. It seems Renee’s profile attracts most everyone, from students and doctors to businessmen and even a rock star, Renee’s in for one adventure after another and as the reader, I got a front row seat to all the heartbreak, letdowns, anticipation, excitement and much hilarity!
Shelley, Renee’s oversexed bff, has no interest in settling down just yet. She names all of her conquests (i.e. The Cuddler, Rocket Man, etc etc.) and provides all the comfort, advice and sometimes just a good drink that Renee needs throughout her rollercoaster of dating. Then there's Renee's other bff, Ashley, who is in an eternal on-off relationship with Evan. Ashley is totally against online dating bit will she change her mind when she finds out that Renee has put herself out there on the Net?
Renee and her friends will always have each other; but will they ever find true love in
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This truly was a great book. It was a very quick read for me. In fact, I haven’t read a book this quickly (3 days!) since I was a teenager. It was a laugh out loud book with wonderful characters that were really well-defined. Having just read Holly's Inbox, I was well-prepared for the email format of this novel. If you’ve never read a book like this, it may take you a few pages to get used to all the “To;”, “cc’s” and especially “bcc’s” in this book (look for much humor here!), Subject lines, Fwds and more. Although you never get to hear first person conversations and events – for instance, you don’t get a seat at the table while the girls lunch at Mel's and you aren’t walking along side them on nights out on Melrose in Santa Monica – but you still get all the scoop via email the next day. I am continually amazed at the creative behind this format, and it really works; believe me, you won’t miss a single, juicy detail and you’ll likely be laughing aloud throughout the entire novel.
I hope there will be more books from Lisa Becker to read in the future.