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review 2017-04-18 18:43
Let's Make a Marriage
Mad Love - Nick Spalding

I seriously love Nick Spadling. There have been only one book that was a miss for me so far. The other ones have been hilarious though. In "Mad Love" Spalding takes a look at a man (Adam) and woman (Jessica) who agree to get married via a dating website (Sociality). With the promise of a new flat that they can call their own and a split of thousands of pounds Adam and Jessica are trying their best to give their marriage a go. But they both realize that when one tends to fib (lie people) on their dating profile, that Sociality's algorithm may be wrong about what a perfect match they should be.

 

Adam works as a video game journalist. I was going to say something about ethics in gaming, but that is bringing bad memories up for me, so let me say that Adam is not an ass. He is currently living in a place with a lot of flatmates and a cross eyed rat, so I can see why he would leap on being married to Jessica when he finds out about her. The beginning depicting Adam waking up and going to a video game con was hilarious. I just cracked up. Spalding always does a great job with the guy POV in these books.


Jessica is an American living in London trying to get her masters in Nutrition (I am to lazy to look that up to make sure that is accurate). She is also working at a strip club as a bartender. Once again, Jessica's POV had me laughing at so many times in this book.


When Adam and Jessica agree to their marriage and realize it means that Sociality's owner is going to be up in their faces for the next several months, you realize that both of them are trying to put their best face forward until it turns into a War of the Roses thing that the book did a great job with.

 

The only misstep I will say that happens, that really is what besides the ending made me knock a star from this book, is that Spalding gives us insight into why Adam was so focused on staying married to Jessica. I maybe rolled my eyes a bit. It felt like it came out of nowhere since there are no hints to this during Adam's POV that Spalding could have at least hinted at so we could see what secret Adam was keeping. 

 

The writing was great. Spalding does a great job of depicting relationships (see Love From Both Sides) and he has a great voice for both male and female characters. He chooses to tell the story from both Adam and Jessica's POV with each chapter beginning with a question and answer they responded to on the Sociality website. I laughed so hard many times I started howling. There are just some scenes I don't want to spoil for you. But let me just say, the scene with them getting married. It was inspired.

 

The book setting switches between London and Jessica's birthplace of California. Spalding does a great job of depicting where Jessica grew up to the point I want to visit there sometime. 

 

The ending was a bit eh to me though. I thought it was just too over the top and not realistic. 

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text 2017-04-18 01:09
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Mad Love - Nick Spalding

Spalding almost nailed it. Then he introduces someone to make Adam more sympathetic and it left a bad taste in my mouth. Book never got back to being funny again unfortunately. Still a four star read til that point. 

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text 2017-04-17 21:05
Reading progress update: I've read 44%.
Mad Love - Nick Spalding

 

The description of this man has turned me off men for the next 24 hours.

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text 2017-04-17 20:38
Reading progress update: I've read 33%.
Mad Love - Nick Spalding

Think I just pulled something from laughing so hard.

 

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text 2017-04-17 16:18
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Mad Love - Nick Spalding

I have been laughing so hard I had tears running down my face this morning. I just started this around 7 am while waiting on a train and within 40 minutes could not believe that I was already at 30 percent. The plot behind this book (two people get married after signing up on an internet dating site that proposes that their computer algorithm can match them perfectly).

The twosome in this book (Adam and Jessica) have never laid eyes on one another and find themselves awkwardly getting used to each other's little annoyances (Jessica slurps her espresso and Adam is obsessed with being on time).


But per usual, Spalding has laugh out loud moments. Adam assaults a man in a sheep's costume who is holding a plastic machine gun. Jessica is working at a strip club and comes across her professor. I was howling during that several "scenes". I am sure everyone on the train this morning loathes me right now. 

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