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Marla Martenson


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20 April 2011
Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker Welcome to the world of Marla Martenson. The Cupid of Beverly Hills, she has introduced countless couples who have gone on to get married and live happily ever after-so far. But for every success story, there are more dating disasters, high-maintenance clients, out-of-touch men (and women), and downright comical situations with which she has to contend. ABOUT THE BOOK In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Marla takes her readers for a hilarious romp through her days in an exclusive L.A. matchmaking agency and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks. From juggling the demands her out-of-touch clients and trying her best to meet the capricious demands of an insensitive boss to the ups and downs of her own marriage with a Latin husband who doesn't think that she is "domestic" enough, Marla writes with charm and self-effacement about the universal struggles that all women face in their lives. Readers will laugh, cringe, and cry as they journey with her through outrageous stories about the indignities of dating in Los Angeles, dealing with overblown egos, vicariously hobnobbing with celebrities, and navigating the wannabe-land of Beverly Hills. In a land where perfection is almost a prerequisite, even Marla can't help but run for the Botox every once in a while. REVIEWS Marla dishes with candor and humor about what goes on behind the scenes in the business of happily-ever-after. Candid, funny - and insightful. - Kristin Harmel, The Art of French Kissing Martenson's irresistible wit will is not to be missed. - Kyra Davis, Lust, Loathing and a Little Lip Gloss Marla's quick wit will have you rolling on the floor-and taking a candid look at your relationships. - Megan Castran, the "International YouTube Queen" A fun, wry, and truly eye-opening look into real-life world of matchmaking.- Joanne Rendell, The Professors' Wives Club

Product details

  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books; Large type edition edition (20 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780984308101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984308101
  • ASIN: 0984308105
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm

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About the Author

Marla Martenson is the bestselling author of Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting and Good Date, Bad Date. Marla is a dating and relationship coach, Beverly Hills matchmaker, and professional speaker. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, including the ""Today Show,"" WGN Chicago ""Morning News,"" and others. When not busy writing or coaching, she can be found sipping vanilla soy lattes, getting Botox injections, and nagging her husband to put the toilet seat down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dating In LA Is Awful...But Makes Entertaining Reading 20 May 2010
By Kyra Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Diary Of A Beverly Hills Matchmaker details Marla Martenson's experiences when she was a matchmaker for some of the richest men in the world. The cost of her services ranged between $20,000 and $50,000. The agency's price was dependent on how unreasonable the man's demands were. To quote Marla: "If a guy looks like Danny DeVito and he wants to date someone who looks like Heidi Klum that's going to cost him a little extra." And you will not believe how many Danny DeVito types expect to date Heidi Klum lookalikes! In fact the demands of some of her clients are so unreasonable I frequently had to remind myself that this book was nonfiction! Men who want a super-model-gorgeous woman (they call them 10-pluses) who are 20 years younger than them, ivy league educated and want to play the role of a 1950s housewife. How many ivy league educated women do you know who want to play that role? Or how about the guy who decided to ditch on of his matches because although she was beautiful and perfect in almost every way he didn't like the way her nipples looked. Apparently her areolas were too big. And then there's the female client who appears to be willing to sleep with any man who buys her a $1000+ handbag. Not all of the clients at the dating service are this dysfunctional but almost all of them are...shall we say, eccentric? Marla on the other hand is this totally normal, likable and perhaps most importantly, relatable person and watching her navigate her way through a sea of egos and excessive materialism is sort of surreal. And lets not forget the decent people who happen into her matchmaking service. Reading their emails (and this book is filled with the real emails of her clients) as they delicately try to tell Marla that the man or woman they went on their last date with was insane is more than a little amusing. Considering how specific some of these people's checklists are it's amazing that Marla is able to make any matches at all. But she does. Again and again she finds a way to bring people who were clearly made for one another together.

It's sort of the Nanny Diaries of the dating world. The book is definitely an entertaining and enlightening read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, fun read! 5 Oct 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be the head matchmaker of a high-class Beverly Hills dating service? In this her candid and witty memoir, Marla Martenson takes you on a humorous ride through the ups and downs of her life working for such a place, as she struggles with the often unreasonable demands of her wealthy clientele.

"I honestly had no idea how shallow, picky, selfish, and entitled some clients could be. After six years of feedback, demands, and expectations, I'm still thrown for a loop now and then," says Martenson. But what can you do when her clients pay $40,000 and up to find the right woman?

The author starts off by showing us what a regular day for her is like, answering annoying emails and trying to understand her clients' often incredible and unreasonable requests, as they continually find faults with their gorgeous, perfect Barbie-doll dates.

After this initial glimpse into her 'regular day,' Martenson goes back in time to recount how she got started, working at restaurant jobs and waiting on rude celebrities such as Joan Collins, who once barked at her for forgetting a fork. "For all my work, she left me a $2 tip on a $120 tab. The woman was clearly typecast as Alexis, right?" says the author.

She also talks about her dreams of becoming an actress, her marriage, divorce and remarriage to the perfect guy, her father's death and, finally, taking charge of her life. Eventually all fell into place and she started earning good money making commercials and getting small parts in films and print modeling work. She even got a couple of lines in the Mel Gibson film, What Women Want. Then, finally, how she got started as a recruiter for the dating service, on the lookout for what she calls "a fresh supply of goddesses" and her life as an author--a calling she never suspected she had.

The book is full of interesting anecdotes about Martenson's work in Hollywood with the stars. The writing is simple, straight forward, witty and honest. This is the perfect fun, beach read. I like the author's satiric slant on beauty and the mystery of dating and relationships, as well as the shallowness of Hollywood and the pressure put on women to look good. The book, though a light read, makes you think about society and the role of women and men in it, and explores interesting issues of gender.

Martenson is the author of two best selling relationship books: Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate Is Waiting and Good Date, Bad Date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Matchmaker approved! 28 April 2011
By Maria Avgitidou - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I loved Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker. As a matchmaker myself, I honestly couldn't stop nodding my head and scoffing in agreement with many, many parts of Marla's descriptions of her professional life.

Her struggles with balancing both matchmaking and her personal life were extremely relate-able, regardless if one is or isn't in the business of love. You feel her struggle in coping with femininity, expected gender roles, and the "masculine" energy one would need to tackle unbearable (or unrelenting) clients.

Can't wait for the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An easy but unenjoyable ride 6 Jan 2011
By Debra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just read this book in it's entirety although I have no idea why I wasted so many hours of my vacation to do so. It's autobiographical so I apologize to Ms. Martenson, but I found her "character" to be one of the most sickly and whiny people I have ever come across. I too live in LA and have experienced many of the scenarios described in the book which is why I continued to read it, but my recommendation to any of you reading this review is DON'T waste your time.
If you want to read an entertaining book about matchmaking, try "Matchbook: The Diary of a Modern-Day Matchmaker" by Samantha Daniels. I read it last year on vacation and it was a much more enjoyable read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading "Diary" is a guilty pleasure! 19 Sep 2010
By Kristin Wilkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker is everything you would imagine it to be...it's a peek at "the good life" where celebrity sightings are a pastime (as is name-dropping) and Botox, designer bags, and fine dining are the norm.

Marla Martenson is an excellent storyteller; she weaves together a narrative of her life and a chronicle of her dating service clients without flaw. At times, I wasn't sure what I was more interested in -- the matchmaking between shallow, overly demanding (and unrealistic) men seeking a wife and shallow, greedy women looking for a man who will cater to their whims (and expensive tastes), or Marla's balancing act between her writing career, her demanding job (and boss), and the love of her life, all amid her fast-paced, competitive lifestyle. If you're like me, the matchmaking clients will blow your mind (there's the woman who "demanded" that her date buy her a $1,200 purse on a date, or the woman who got pregnant to land her very eligible bachelor, or the man who was willing to provide a $10,000 monthly - monthly -- allowance to a potential thin, busty, blonde, church-going wife). It is all fun, interesting, and enjoyable.

Martenson has a sharp wit, too, which is always a pleasure. This line (one of many) made me chuckle out loud: "I pick up an already poured Merlot, hoping it will kill off whatever bugs I'm fighting, though it hasn't harmed the gnat that's swimming in it."

I loved this book, and read it in two sittings on the beach. It feels somewhat like a "guilty pleasure" without being cheap and tawdry, if you get my meaning. This is a well-written, fun, breezy romp through Beverly Hills, a place that's always made me somewhat starry-eyed. Diary held my attention from beginning to end, which is not the easiest thing to do, as my attention span is about as lengthy as a kitten's. In fact, I found myself hoping to stay on the beach later than usual so I could get more reading time in. You will not be disappointed!
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