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Not as good as I would have liked.
on 7 May 2013
Despite the fact that I really wanted to engage with and be inspired by this book it just didn't click with me in the way I had imagined it would.
The story of the author's successes and failures in the realms of "friend-dating" felt almost clinical and lacking in heart at times. While I could on occasion sympathise with her I don't feel that there was enough of her character and personality coming through in the book.
In some ways there was too little detail about the friend-dates (too little amusement at dates-gone-wrong and too little rejoicing at the ones which went right) which left the book lacking colour and made the friend-date formula feel quite repetitive. The feeling of repetition was going to be difficult to avoid as there was one "friend-date" for each week of the year but it didn't feel like the writer and/or her editor had worked hard enough to create the colour and interest which would have rendered this repetition less noticeable.
I don't know whether part of the problem was that this was originally a blog and the story hasn't been stitched together and fleshed out enough from the original posts. Either way, I didn't feel like I was rooting for her, which was a shame.
Okay but not amazing