Searching For Meredith Love Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Julie Christensen is the author of Searching for Meredith Love and The Truth About Dating. A native New Yorker, she studied painting at Pratt Institute and worked briefly in advertising on Fifth Avenue before she realized that her "creative" job was sucking the life out of her soul. Julie worked as a live-in Au Pair in Brooklyn, taught preschool, and lived in Barcelona and New Mexico before finally going back to school to get her Masters in Audiology. She wrote Searching For Meredith Love while living in New Mexico. After graduation, Julie did her fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota before moving to Omaha to work at a center for pediatric audiology. It was in Omaha that she discovered how hard dating is when you are an old thirty-something. She began writing about her horrible dates to amuse her single friends and make her married friends appreciate their husbands. The Truth About Dating is based on these experiences. Julie was introduced to her future husband by an acquaintance who, after reading a draft of The Truth About Dating, realized that she knew the perfect man for Julie. One blind date led to marriage less than a year later. They now have two children, ages 2 and 3. Julie continues to paint (juliechristensen.net) and write (julielivingthedream.blogspot.com). She is currently at work on her third novel, a mystery set in Brooklyn.
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Another reviewer remarked Meredith is whiny. That is an understatement. The complete lack of ANY interesting aspect of her life seemed at first to be simply a different type of 'hook' to draw the reader in. I kept thinking, "Okay, she had diarrhea three days in a row, so she's going to be diagnosed with a rare and incurrable disease."....Didn't happen. Then, "she has a type A personality friend -maybe she turns out to be a vampire"....Didn't happen. Other than her being too stupid to realise that a fairly nice fellow was interested in her in a normal way (which the author choose to portray in a manner that insinuated the fellow was a cad to begin with), there was literally nothing in this book to stimulate even the slightest bit of interest in the chararacters.
There was nothing. No rhyme. No reason. No plot. No storyline. Just a dull and exceptionally boring book that was a huge waste of time.
The author does seem to have some sort of weird fixation on bowel movements and excreta. THAT was WAY too strange because there was no reason for the inclusion of those details. They contributed nothing to the book other than to annoy and disgust the reader.
Bottom line: Even if it is free, do not waste your time!
As a side note, something that amused me was Meredith's job as a "computer programmer." Nothing Meredith does in the book is remotely close to computer programming. She doesn't write code or talk algorithms, she is basically a data analyst. With all the detail that went into Meredith's responsibilities at work, I felt the author should have done some research so that the character's job title was congruent with reality.
One thing that I think is worth nothing is that there are some sex scenes, including one that is a tiny bit graphic, so I wouldn't recommend that you let your teenager (or younger child) read this book.
I did feel the book dragged a bit, especially after (SPOILER ALERT, DON'T KEEP READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS) Meredith and Ben broke up. I found myself anxiously speeding through pages because I wanted to find out if they got back together. If they hadn't gotten back together, I would have been very disappointed and felt like I wasted my time reading this book. If there was a sequel, I would read it, though I probably wouldn't pay much if anything for it since there are so many free Kindle books available.