Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Genres: Women’s Fiction
After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she
explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.
Giving them each her signature “pants speech”–her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone–she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?
Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.
If you’ve ever tried dating via a website or an app, I think you’ll find this book extremely relatable. The main character, Alison, has just gotten out of a long-term relationship and is looking to meet men outside her normal friend-sphere. This leads her to join a dating website. The story follows her journey through the many men she meets and dates she goes on. There were a few guys in there I was rooting for throughout the story, that ended up being duds or just plain disappointing; which unfortunately I think is true to life. The stories themselves are hilarious, and Stauffer did a great job with dialogue and situational humor (which I find is always funnier than punch-line jokes).
I really empathized with Alison and her search for her love match. It’s tough out there, and she showed perseverance even when the pickings were slim. Since this is an honest review, I will say it didn’t end how I expected nor how I wanted it to, and I admit I was a smidge disappointed. I do think it stays true to the character though, and that is important. Overall I enjoyed the story, and it’s definitely a laugh out loud read. If you’re looking for a hilarious and sometimes cringe-worthy story of a modern woman looking for love in the big city via a dating website, then you’ll want to pick this one up!
I received an ARC of this book from the author and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City’s dating scene, Amanda headed to match.com. Her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material for a book or a career in comedy.
Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of this book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book.