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Dating in the Dark: Sometimes Love Just Pretends to be Blind Paperback – 20 Mar 2013

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482755815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482755817
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will begin by saying that this book, despite first impressions, is a love story. Yes it is very funny, close to the mark at times, and certainly contains conversations (between Jason and Barry) that I recognise from my own life. But at the heart of it is a yearning for acceptance, a desire to be loved and to be recognised as something other than a loser. I was with Jason all the way and by the end I just had a big old grin on my face - a culmination of both the humour and the lovingness with which this book is written. It is like one of the great sitcoms, where the characters are deeper than the gags and there is a universal message beneath the custard pie. I was thoroughly entertained throughout. Top stuff!
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a good read. I'm not really a love story kind of chap, but seeing as how the other books I'd read by this author made me laugh, I thought I'd get this. I'm glad I did. There's very little in this not to like, Jason isn't even as bad as he sounds. I thought he'd be a right book end but he is not that bad, he just wants a bit of love. the jokes are there, the plot is there, if you like a laugh and a love story I'd recommend this.
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This is a quirky book that will draw you in, a love story with a twist. It is described as a laugh out loud book and can definitely agree with that ! It also has a sensitive side to it that makes you warm to the characters and want to read more to find out what happens to them. Would definitely recommend this book :)
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My impression of this book at first was that it would be about an ugly bloke's 'hilarious' multiple antics trying to get a girl. But I was wrong. Yes, there's an ugly bloke, yes he wants to get a girl, but as the story progressed, the nicer side of Jason comes out and this turns out to be a nice story, albeit from a man's point of view. I enjoyed this book more than I expected I would.
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The cover was bright and fun looking, and that and the title reinforced what the blurb said: a romance.

But the blurb read a little too slap-stick and I'm not impressed, but the book has good reviews with people saying how funny it is, and I'm in need of a giggle . . .

As soon as I begin to read I don't think the book should have been pink--it's a bloke's book. It's very unPC and I don't like the main character, Jason, at all. He's a mini Jim Davidson. But I push on, as you do when you've spent 97p.

As the blurb says Jason wants a girlfriend, or as he insinuates, a shag that stays around and so thinks up a plan of joining a dating agency--for disabled people. He meets and instantly falls in love with blind Emma or so he says, (there is no romance at all in the book) we just have to take his word for it.

The author tries to inject some sympathy for the character by killing off his mum and making him regret his blindness pretence, but doesn't pull it off. The character really isn't a very nice person. He's very self-serving, and depressed or not, I couldn't like him. I also never had a clue as to why Emma liked him, especially as he made a pig's ear out of their only date!

The book was short, and in my opinion, undeveloped It was classed as a romance but if the comedy was spread out a little, more romance injected (at least another date or two with Emma) and have Jason punished (by Emma) for being such a tosser, this book would be amazing.

For comedy and one-liners I give this book a five (the authors an awesome comic), but for romance it's a two.

It's very near the knuckle and slightly derogatory towards women. Also, midgets, blind people and guide dogs.

But you have been warned. Bottom line: it made me laugh A LOT.
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This is the second book I have read by Pete Sortwell (after one of the 'Idiot Reviews') and I enjoyed this one too. It is basically a love story although it is also about wanting to be accepted - something I understand quite well. Jason has been trying to find a girlfriend for so long that not only does his (lack of) height put off potential girlfriends, but also his attitude.

Jason is a character that you eventually warm to once you can see how much Emma has softened him and the other characters are all good. It is well-written and has a few moments that made me chuckle to myself. Perhaps not the funniest read out there, but I comfortably read this in two sittings and will be looking to download the sequel to see what happened to Jason and Emma. This is good if you want something light-hearted or if you want something not too challenging.
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As a blind person myself, I was curious about the premise of the book. I have to say that I generally enjoyed it. It is definitely laugh out loud at times and the story is touching in places.

The lead character Jason is a complete moron for most of the book but I couldn't help warming to him a bit by the end. Most of the other characters were well drawn, although Emma (Jason's love interest) felt a bit one-dimensional as there is so little of her in the book.

The ending was far too neat, but in books of this type I think we can forgive that.
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No one writes lovable losers as well as Pete Sortwell does. At the outset, Jason is a bit much and the reader might very well wonder if an entire novel following his misadventures isn't going to be a bridge too far. Don't be discouraged. We quickly begin to sympathize with and then root for this poor soul as he pulls himself together, in fits and starts, and begins to succeed in sorting himself out.

In the process we meet an entertaining cast of primary secondary characters and secondary secondary characters who aid or frustrate Jason as he treks along his path of enlightenment. The main supporting characters provide bracing reality checks and get some of the best lines, although the strongest current is Jason's commentary on his own sad state. A weird combination of insight and dense self-deception informs Jason's narrative, and part of the enjoyment is in staying a step ahead of Jason as he teeters on the edge.

Can you have a very funny, insightful book about every man's yearning for love and happiness, (and a bit of cod)? Yes. Here it is.

(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. It is currently a kindleunlimited choice. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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