Are there no editors anywhere in the publishing industry anymore? At 443 pages this book was too long by half. The dating tales of aspiring actress Karrie Kline spans 20 endless years. We start with Karrie as a young woman just starting out in the world, and end with a 43 year old Karrie, who seems to have not grown or changed one iota. Karrie Kline is no Carrie Bradshaw. The stories of her dating life are boring and endless, with nary a happy moment or ending in sight. There is no humor as in Bridget Jones books, just incessant tales of affairs with a number of men who all seemed interchangeable. Most of the time Karrie seems like a Desperate Single Woman, and after slogging through the tales of her dating woes, I got to the last line and wanted to throw the book at the wall. Read Bridget Jones Diary, watch Sex in the City but skip this book.
Pretty good. The book dips into the dating life of an actress still single at age 45. Written in very short chapters - as befit some of the dates - it's a bit choppy and was hard for me enjoy for that reason. But Graff can be funny, and the book was interesting in bits. I particularly appreciated that Karrie basically liked herself, was not particularly neurotic, nor particularly self-obsessed.
"You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs" is about one woman's search for Mr. Right, and all the "frogs" she had to kiss on her journey to find him. I think every woman in the world will be able to relate to Karrie's struggle to find the perfect man. This is a fun well-written "beach book", as I like to call them and I think any woman who has jumped into the dating pool headfirst will laugh out loud as she reads the main character's dating misadventures.
This was Laurie Graff's 1st book. This book was lacking in so many ways. It didnt make you laugh, the stories werent that great, the sex was sexless(but she had sex alot). In the begining the main character thinks about killing herself. Maybe she was trying to be funny. Nothing was funny, nothing. It seemed like the book was sad, gloomy and hopeless. You dont really know why any guy would think she was so great, she was an on again off again unemployed actress. I guess in the end she learned to love herself, but I had to slog through so much to get there, and I am not even sure that is what really happened, because there are sequels to this book. The one good thing is that the chapters were short and in a good way as stated by another reviewer. Look! There are better things to read out there. Life is too short to waste your time reading this.
This was Laurie Graff's 1st book. I have to agree with Linda S, thing book was lacking in so many ways. It didnt make you laugh, the stories werent that great, the sex was sexless(but she had sex alot. In the begining the main character thinks about killing herself. Maybe she was trying to be funny. Nothing was funny, nothing. It seemed like the book was sad, gloomy and hopeless. You dont really know why any guy would think she was so great she was an on again off again unemployed actress. I guess in the end she learned to love herself, but I had to slog through so much to get there, and I am not even sure that is what really happened, because there are sequels to this book. The one good thing is that the chapters were short and in a good way as stated by another reviewer. Look there are better things to read out there. Life is too short to waste your time reading this.
I want to write this author and not only give her a big hug, but also a high-five for getting it right. Everyone has heard the cliche of how "hard it is out there" to date. The stereotypes of meeting in a laundromat or Barnes & Nobel are ridiculous. Instead, what has come to pass is a stream of the most ridiculous, horrid, awful dating experiences that would make any sane, awesome woman want to spend time on her own, with friends, or in the company of her cat (and many great books) instead of bothering. This (thick!) book is a wonderful recounting of Ms. Graff's craptastic experiences dating many different men. It made me think, "I am not alone." I also like that she's 45- this isn't a teenybopper book. It is the most relatable book I think I've read in ages. Many of her stories make you cringe, but they also make you nod your head and think about the guy from two weeks ago who you wanted to throw yourself out of the car while it was still running just to get away from him. You won't be able to put this book down! It is wonderful!
Graff's debut novel opens at a bridal shower. Karrie Klein, 45, has never been married, and she is attending her umpteenth bridal shower for yet another friend who's found the mythical "one." This leads Karrie to reminisce about her own dating history, starting in 1988 and covering 15 years of losers, freaks, oddballs, and just downright insensitive and selfish guys. Her boyfriend at 30, David, introduces her to his parents, who love her, apparently more than David does. Jack, a born-again Christian, seems like such a bad match from the outset that Karrie muses, "It would have been easier to not have the relationship and to have just sold the movie rights." As she struggles in the New York dating world, she also struggles to make it as an actress. More than just a catalogue of loser guys and bad relationships, Graff's smart and funny novel shows just how hard finding the right man can be and how easy it is for a relationship to fail.
If you ever thought your blind dates and past relationships were bad, you have absolutely NO IDEA! This book is so funny, and it is hard to believe what this character went through! An absolute MUST-READ!!!!!!!!
Not your typical RDI novel. More like hen lit than chick lit as the main character is 45 in the present day. This story is told in a series of vignettes and flashbacks. Pretty good, but not exactly what I was expecting.
I absolutely loved this book, it was the most entertaining horrible date I have ever been on without having to leave my house! I recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh so hard they cry! Also a very good book if you just want to feel better about your own horrible dating experiences!
This book was okay, but not a favorite of mine to read. It did get better as time went along but a lot of her stories weren't really that awful. I think that there are a lot worse dating stories out there.
I started reading this book when I was in a dark relationshipy place. In the middle of it I met my husband, so I never finished :) The part I did read was a great way to help you get over the last guy who broke your heart ;)