Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters
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40 million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, andChapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.
Instead what he found was a whole lot of crazy. Like the girl who couldn't stop crying, or the one who caught on fire, or the girl who confronted him on national TV. Whether he likes it or not, Donovan has become an expert on Internet dating, and Not a Match is a collection of the stories, lessons, and advice he learned along the way. Perfect for any dater, Internet or otherwise, who has ever looked across the table and thought, "Wow, we are really not a match."
Funny & Smart!
This book is a rare hybrid of incredible humor and great advice for anyone into online dating. Brian did a great job weaving together jokes with real insight about how to find online. Highly recommended.
So many online dating books and websites offer advice about social skills, grooming, and safety. What makes Donovan, my favorite Thought Catalog writer, so different and so good here is that, instead of a generic list of dos and don'ts catering to the awkward set, this book is for us pretty regular, pretty smart people. It's filled with practical and clever advice, but its greatest strength is humanizing and normalizing the entire (and oftentimes traumatic) dating experience. Reading these tales is a reminder that dating online isn't about gaming the system and tricking someone into liking you. It's about how to patiently tolerate the disasters while bravely continuing to hold out for the one match that makes all the disasters worth it.
I cannot tell you how much I really really really wish I had known this book existed before I started dating online.
Hilarious, poignant, real
This was such a great read. Thought Catalog books are my newest go-to.