author: Lisa Becker
series: Click #1
published: 29 March 2011
genre(s): contemporary, romance
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Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with "My buddies and I were out drinking one night," to the egotistical "B" celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC's, FWD's and inadvertent Reply to All's, readers will root for Renee to "click" with the right man.
I really enjoyed Click. I don’t read a huge amount of chick lit, but this is one I truly thought was a fun read. Renee is a successful woman, but she is rapidly approaching 30 and NOT where she expected to be in her romantic life. No husband, no kids, and no prospects in sight. With no small amount of reluctance and skepticism, she agrees to try online dating with one of her best friends. The story is told entirely through emails and is an often hilarious to follow Renee’s dating adventures and more. Although not an action story, there were definitely some “oh, my” moments and a huge twist that I didn’t see coming!
Things to love…
- Renee’s friends. Mark is her best guy friend and the friend who joins her on her internet dating adventure. He is insanely anal, but a perfect foil for Renee and the other girls. Sherry is thoroughly over-sexed, bestowing all of her boy toys with hilarious nicknames. Ashley is completely judgemental, and a wee bit of a hypocrite, but somehow still reasonably likeable. They are all very different people, but they represent those people we all know and their interactions with each other were entirely realistic. I do wish there had been a bit more of Mark, though. I like him, but he was almost an aside to the story, despite that he was the impetus to Renee’s online dating.
- The dates. Every possible “first date” stereotype is present, from the ego maniac to the downright creepy. Some of them creeped me out and I was just reading about them! As I read about Renee’s dates, I caught myself frequently thinking “That sounds like my date with <insert name here>!”
- The story format. There wasn’t a single bit of the story told outside of that format and, at first, I wondered if it would allow the entire story to be told, without feeling as if important things had happened that weren’t being shared in the emails. But I loved the email format. Nothing was left out and it was a fun, hip way to tell the story.
- Shelley’s boy toys. I found myself giggling out loud more than once, laughing at Shelley’s irreverent descriptions of her “dates” and their subsequent nicknames. For most of the story, this was just a hilarious part of Shelley’s tale. I had no idea just how important it would become to the story.
Things I wanted more/less off…
- More Mark. The only thing I wish was different was Mark and his story. He was a fun character, but he was almost an afterthought. I wish there had been more of him, and more of his story.
All in all, a fantastically fun read that I recommend!