It looks like I was expecting too much out of this book because I can't say it was worth the time and money I, essentially, invested in it to come out the other side with no new information whatsoever. I assumed (NOTE: assuming is where I went wrong) that this book was going to be similar, in style, to Mark Manson's The Art Of Not Giving A F%$* (which I adored!). What I mean by that is I thought it was going to have a set structure of 1. Facts from experts in the "field"; 2. How the author liked to think of it in a simplified manner; 3. How the author tried to work what the expert said would yield the best results and how it worked or didn't work for her; 4. Any funny or heartbreaking story about what was just said from either her life or a friend's dating life.
The synopsis oversold the content in this book quite a bit. I expected to read about, at least, a few laugh-out-loud stories of dates that went wrong and maybe a heartfelt relationship that was doomed from the beginning. What was actually present in the book was maybe a handful of barely fleshed out stories or small tidbits that were never brought up again.
However, the overall message in this novel was awesome. It empowers women to not settle for the first guy that treats you like a human being. It encourages having a healthy relationship lifestyle by making time for friends and family as well as the relationship. It's repeated throughout the book how everyone is human and how everyone deserves to be treated kindly and with respect.
This book, in essence, was a rather big article on how to be in a relationship and/or online date with common sense and safety. I understand that maybe someone who wants to start online dating would rather read a book on it than research a few basic terms. So in that regard, I'm not the right audience for this book.
My Favorite Quotes: (This book is SO quotable!)
"My philosophy is that putting positive energy into the world is a good thing. And eventually, it will pay off."
"Sometimes our instincts guide us toward something because, deep down, we know we may need it someday."
"Try. Celebrate. Commiserate. Live. Learn. repeat. You'll reach your goal eventually."
"Whatever you do, don't give up. You're worthy of having whatever is it you dream of."