Sunday, 23 August 2015

Book Review: A Year Of Losing The Dating Game

It's been a while since I read a book that literally made me cry with laughter. Like, actual tears. But A Year Of Losing The Dating Game did exactly that. It's honest, open, relatable, ridiculously rude and downright hilarious and, yeah, you should probs read it...

A Year Of Losing The Dating Game* is exactly what it says on the tin. Author Samantha Bye set herself a challenge of going on as many dates as she could handle in a year so she could then document them all (in great detail) for our reading pleasure. And, trust me, ALL the gory bits are left in for our amusement. Thanks, Sam.

I was worried I might not fully get this book as I've never really been a part of the 'dating game' myself, having been with my boyfriend since we were 16! Even more so because it's all about the modern online dating game - Tinder, Plenty of Fish etc - which I've never experienced first hand. However, the way Sam writes is just so relatable that it quite literally feels like you're chatting to your best mate over a cuppa. 

This book is honestly one of the funniest books I have EVER read. And the fact it's non fiction makes it even better because Sam is just so hilariously honest and open and leaves nothing to your imagination. Like, seriously, if you're a prude, this book probably won't be for you. Fear not, though - it's none of that 50 shades OTT "he unleashed my inner goddess" nonsense - all Sam's encounters are described EXACTLY as they happen. And that's what makes this book so god damn funny.

Reading this book kinda feels like watching Big Brother, because it's so invasive, yet the fact Sam is happily doing this for the world to read basically makes it okay. Lets be honest, humans are incredibly nosy and like to know every last detail. And this is exactly what this book gives. You get to laugh, cry and cringe with embarrassment along with Sam as she goes about her year of tackling the dating game - and it's brilliant.

Sam's dates range from dull to utterly cringeworthy (imagine being on a casual lunchtime date in a coffee shop and the barista puts a heart on your cappucino, lols) to just downright disappointing. And, along the way, she manages to uncover pretty much every trick in the book that guys are willing to pull in order to A) get girls into bed and B) not have to see said girl ever again. Honestly, this book may make you have doubt in humanity at times but it'll also make you piss your pants in parts too so, swings and roundabouts, eh?

Basically. this book just goes to show that every cloud really does have a silver lining. Because for every shitty, awkward date/relationship that Sam encountered? Well each and every one added another page to her first ever published book. And what has Sam come away with from her year of losing the dating game (other than a book, obvs)? "A shitload of confidence and a lot less fucks given." And did she eventually find Mr Right? Well, you'll have to read it to find that one out.

Trust me, if you've had a shit day at work and need something lighthearted and laughable to cheer you up, Sam's memoirs will make you feel 99.9% better.

Do you like the sound of this? What's the funniest book you've ever read?

*Book sent to me for review but, as always, all opinions are my own :)
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