Dating blogs and stories are my catnip and no one does them better than Justin Myers (especially as The Guyliner on his Guardian Blind Date blog.) I once considered signing up for the Blind Date column to give him something to talk about but it was easier to buy the book and definietly more enjoyable.
I had high expectations for this novel and it was still even better than I expected. I loved that although my online dating history has been straight the descriptions of the dates were both universal and yet also unapologetically LGBTQ+. There was clever skewering and fond support of both worlds and I bought my girlfriend the book to show how lucky we were not to meet online via the dating apps I used to meet men but be introduced at a party.
I particularly liked that Jim is neither anti-hero or classic rom com character but a flawed human being. This meant the book escaped those dating/rom com tropes and kept the twists sharp throughout. It sits as a top class example of the genre and the fact it shows the LGBTQ+ world for once is a particular bonus.
In short: I loved it enough to almost pine for my dating days. Please buy it and review it so Justin can get back to blogging Blind Date so I don't get rose tinted enough glasses to think of reactivating Tinder out of curiosity....