Review time, along with a slice of apple pie! (No spoilers, and the synopsis is in the comments! And your slice of pie may be imaginary, but mine is real and delicious, because I baked a pie last night to surprise the Mr.).
Match Made in Manhattan, Amanda Stauffer’s debut novel, is a story about modern love in the age of dating websites and apps. Told through email, texts, and narrative prose, it follows protagonist Alison as she navigates meeting men first on Match.com and then in person. It’s cleverly written and fun to read, with rich friendships and family relationships woven into the story from start to finish. Alison goes out with a variety of men over the course of the novel — each chapter title gives you a glimpse into their online personas and actual personalities — in dates that range from everyday occurrences (dinner and drinks) to more exciting adventures (metal wielding!), and I feel like Stauffer struck a really good balance of writing a book about dating while juggling job responsibilities, special events, and everyday life. Alison's got a kick-ass job as an architectural conservator we actually get to learn about, and we experience travel adventures along with her. Also, for those who don’t love reading sex scenes, Match Made in Manhattan is the perfect story: Stauffer doesn’t go into the nitty gritty details, which I found kind of refreshing after reading some NA novels recently.
Thanks to @aspark711 and @skyhorsepub for the arc! Match Made in Manhattan comes out January 2018, so look for it in stores then.
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