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This review is from: The Dating Detox (Paperback)
My sister lent me this book when I was reeling from having read several dreadful chicklit novels. I won't name and shame them here but I was close to despairing of my favourite genre when I started The Dating Detox.
What a pleasant surprise. It had a likeable heroine in Sass who wasn't a moron, was able to manage her money, wore high street clothes and was pretty good at her job.
It had a warm, flirty, slow burning romance, a great cast of supporting characters and it was fun and romantic. I loved it.
After being dumped six times Sass has sworn off dating for three months and embarked on what she calls a 'dating sabatical' and early in the novel she relates the story of each doomed romance and it's ending. One of the things I really liked in this book was that the male characters weren't just the usual chicklit staples - the dull duds and the bastards. Sass has lots of male friends who are all portrayed as regular human beings with their own dating and relationship issues,some even demonstrating emotional maturity on more than one occasion. This means that Sass can't fall back on the usual chicklit heroine 'all men are bastards' whine about her string of disasters because she knows they aren't. There has to be more to it and it is interesting and fun to follow Sass as she gradually figures herself out and re-evaluates the relationships that have prompted her to steer clear of dating.
Gemma Burgess also manages to do what so many chicklit authors don't even realise they need to do - she makes us fall in love with the hero too, we feel the pull, we smile at the flirting, when he's 'off stage' we wonder when we'll see him again. This is so rare in chicklit now that I hardly realised how much I missed it until I felt it here and it makes a huge difference. Huge.
After all the 'is chicklit dead' furore of the last month I have to say that, while I had been starting to wonder, on the evidence of this novel - definitely not.