Book: How To Get A (Love) Life
Author: Rosie Blake
Publisher: Novelicious Books
Available: Out now, e-book format
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Summary: Nicola Brown is the kind of girl who double-locks the front door, leaves the plastic covering on new furniture, sticks to a super-strict diet and definitely, absolutely Does Not Date. Exasperated by her reluctance to have fun, her colleague Caroline decides that enough is enough, and challenges Nicola to find true love by Valentine’s Day. As Nicola steps out of her comfort zone and faces some disastrous dates, she slowly finds herself having fun…
Think of the worst date you’ve ever been on. Was it worse than being forced to go kayaking in the middle of November? Because that’s exactly what Rosie Blake’s protagonist Nicola finds herself doing when she agrees to be more adventurous in her dating life (even if that was way over the line). The dates in How To Get A (Love) Life can be excruciatingly awkward, but they’re hilarious. From a guy who won’t share a bag of popcorn, to a teacher who quite clearly has some unresolved issues with his career, Rosie captures worst-case-scenarios and turns them into hilarious anecdotes (Although I definitely hope I never have to go through one in real life).
That’s not to say that this book will put you off dating – there are some brilliant male characters. Nicola’s brother Mark is a smart, laid-back guy who is determined to win over the love of his life, and happily gets involved in setting Nicola up on dates (some of the most disastrous ones in my opinion). Then there’s Nicola’s dashing boss James, a potential love interest who is dating Thalia, his “nasty supermodel girlfriend with great clothes”.
It’s not too difficult to figure out where the plot is heading, but Rosie writes in a way that you find yourself actually looking forward to seeing what Nicola will go through in her search for true love. Even with her strict routine, you can relate to her as we’ve all had moments where we’ve been forced to step out of our comfort zone, so it’s easy to identify with her as she musters up the courage and energy to complete her mission. I did think she accepts the challenge fairly openly for someone who is supposed to be so close-minded to new things, but Rosie delves a little deeper into Nicola’s past so you get a better understand of where she’s coming from.
Because the plot is easy to follow and the book is broken up into Nicola’s various dates, it’s a great read for when you’re commuting.