I was intrigued by the premise of this one, and pulled it out of my paperback pile. Yep! I had an ARC, and I was totally in the mood for an “adult” story (and by adult, I mean characters in their late 20s-40s, life already on a roll… or a tailspin). 😉
I wanted something less melodramatic and more… pragmatic. LOL! I dunno.
You know I love my angst and drama, but I was in the mood for something a little lighter with a realistic twist, and I was all to0 happy to jump in. And this one was sort of a rom-com to boot, so the upbeat feel was just what I needed.
Amy: It doesn’t sound like my usual type of read, but I’m totally clicking Mr. Right-Swipe. Something about a teacher-teacher read is calling to me.
Leslie M: I have Mr. Right Swipe, maybe I should try that one.
It’s not my usual either, but I read it in one straight shot! Nothing too complex, but definitely a cautionary tale of life and love… and that things will happen naturally, no matter how you try and control it. Which might just be the best way of all.
It had a feel a little along the lines of Sex and the City & Bad Moms. Responsible women with careers, families, and… needs. Especially that of our main character that was hoping to finally find her more permanent “plus one” after a divorce and a lengthy string of dates and very short term relationships.
So her very best friends (and teacher colleagues) set her up on an online dating app, where swiping is the way to go. At first, she doesn’t take it seriously, pretty much swiping every potential match into oblivion, but upon reproach of how she’s too picky, she gives it a chance.
“How long have we known each other?”
I offer another eye roll. I’m not a child. “Since ninth grade.”
“And in all that time, how many guys have you dated?”
I chew the corner of my ChapSticked lips and feign counting on my hands. “Nine-hundred… seventy-four?”
“Be real,” she demands.
“Too many. I know.” I shrug.
Surprisingly, she also finds the profile of the hot substitute teacher at her very school. 😉
His dimples deepen, twi inviting recesses that make him seem just boyish and nonthreatening enough to convince me he’s absolutely dangerous.
And a “swipe-match” is made. Or is it? 😉
It’s good. Actually, I found it VERY insightful, strangely enough. Lots of introspection and seemingly real-life situations that make dating today, online or otherwise, seem like a whole lot of confusion, and well… to be blunt… a cluster**k. 😛
Why am I even engaging this guy? But I can’t help it. I need to know. This is not something I anticipated and my curiosity gets the better of my judgement. I haven’t seen my judgement all fricking day.
LOL!! Oh yeah. That one was pretty good. And then it gets worse. 😉
But! It was exactly the “pragmatic” I was in the mood for. Mind you, I found it a tad snarky and emotionally frustrating for the first half. Somewhat of a disconnect for a good portion of the book, and some hijinks and situations that seemed a little over-the-top.
While I could relate to her plight, I couldn’t actually relate to her. Until her emotions and heart kicked in (friends and loves alike), and suddenly, she was real. I got her. And I get why she holds everyone at arms length.
4 stars! Good, lighthearted read with a touch of angst and certainly plenty of feels.
P.S. Thank you to the publisher for sending me this review copy!