Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: 31 Dates in 31 Days by Tamara Duricka Johnson

Title: 31 Dates in 31 Days
Author: Tamara Duricka Johnson
ISBN: 9781580053662
Pages: 320
Time It Took Me to Read: 3 Days       

When I started reading The Moment, I had a feeling it would take awhile. With my growing pile of books to take back to the library, I figured I could get this one out of the way and return it with my hoard.

Now from first glance, this has “Bitter” written all over it. It’s about a single thirty-something woman from New York. I’ve watched enough Sex and the City to judge this book by its cover (or blurb on the back). However, this is anything but bitter. It has frustration, yes. It has a little bit of heartache, yes. But, bitter it is not.

This 31-year-old woman named Tamara embarked on a dating project in 2009 called “31 Dates in 31 Days.”  She would date a different man for each of the first thirty days and on the thirty-first day, she would go on a second date from the broad she dated over the month. She created a blog from it, which I suspect some of the book is.

Tamara was kinda desperate, kinda hopeless. However, over the coarse of the thirty-one days, she learned how to open up to love, see the positive in people, regain hope in the men of New York, and eventually become marriage-material. In her author bio, it says she’s married. Interesting.

Now, whenever you do a memoir, everyone and their mother will have an opinion about you. She put her life out there for people to judge and read about and that’s brave. However, I don’t think her singledom is due to a terrible personality. She seems sweet, kind, and easygoing. I think she just choose the wrong men and had bad dating habits. That makes this easy to read and easy to cheer for her. You want to see her find love.

I enjoyed reading the book but would definitely fail a reading comprehension test on this one. The men definitely ran together and I began to have trouble distinguishing them. When she chose her second date on the thirty-first day, I had to go back and read about his first date. Still, there was some suspense as to who she would choose and more importantly, did she marry someone from the project? It says she’s married after all.

Grade: B+

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