Book Review: Drinking My Way Through 14 Dating Websites by Tiffany PeonPosted: December 31, 2013
One of the best things about owning a Kindle is that you can get these cheap little books that otherwise I probably wouldn’t stumble across, like this one.
Peon is in her early 20s, living in New York and reeling from a recent break up, but decides to buck herself up by starting a social experiment and signing up for a whole mess of dating sites and writing about her experiences on a blog, and later this book.
It’s quite a fun light read and made me aware of dating sites I was previously unaware of (one dedicated to fans of Ayn Rand, another which only admits “Hot” members, although this may be a false claim to foster an image of exclusivity) along the major ones, while also trying her hand at speed dating.
Peon’s quite a relaxed, amiable writer and I imagine her blog of her adventures was quite entertaining, but the book is a bit lacking in funny stories and she gives her dates short shrift. Mainly because she’s more focused on her life away from dates and they mainly serve to teach her a few lessons that help her get back with her ex on a surer footing. This is all well and good, but not what the title suggests you’re going to get.
The dates she goes on are interesting enough, and it’s a nice insight into the world of dating stateside, but there aren’t any stand out anecdotes or nutters, in fact many are, as Peon herself says “boring”.
But it’s a nice enough way to pass the time and Peon has a certain charm in her friendly, open writing.
Verdict: A nice, quick easy read. Peon is pleasant company but the book is fairly low on incident and nowhere near fun as I’d hoped. 6/10.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.