Review: Love by the Book by Melissa Pimentel

Review: Love by the Book by Melissa PimentelLove by the Book by Melissa Pimentel
Pages: 336
Published by Penguin Books on February 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

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 . .


Before starting this novel, you must set the proper expectations. This will not be a serious novel reflecting on love and relationships, this is a very light, fluffy read. Which makes it perfect for summer or if you need something quick and refreshing. As long you don’t expect it to be something it’s not, this book is good.

At the beginning of the book, Lauren has just moved to London and decides to re-invigorate her dating life. She does this by going to her local bookstore and picking up some dating guides. Having been the recipient of one or two of some more modern dating guidelines throughout the years (my mother wanted to make sure I knew how to identify red flags), I could absolutely relate to this part of the book. After a horrible date or a break-up, I would start to wonder if the secret to dating and finding a good man could be found in those books. I never actually opened them but this book explores what could happen if you date only according to the specific rules found in some of the most popular books.

The novel is segmented according to which book Lauren is using, with what happened on each day, and a summary of how successful she found each technique (Disclaimer: You probably shouldn’t attempt these at home). I personally liked the structure but I could see how it would be a turn-off for some readers.

I really enjoyed watching Lauren go on her adventures and at first some of them did seem a little outlandish or improbable. However, as I’ve heard more dating stories from my friends, I’ve come to realize that they really aren’t. It’s just that (probably for dramatic effect) Melissa Pimentel uses all of the more out-there dating stories and embellishes them a little.

I will say that I adored the ending although 99% of that is because of the very last page. This book is really a funny book about dating and I would recommend it for a quick summer read. Did I love this book? Not entirely. Did I like it and enjoy it? Absolutely.


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