The Dating Game by Susan Buchanan

The Dating GameThe Dating Game by Susan Buchanan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Dating Game is a wonderful contemporary novel. From the title you know it will be about dating, Gill needs to get a social life and find a man to share it with, a workaholic Gill has been busy setting up her own recruitment agency in Glasgow and putting in long hours to make it a success. She wants more from life than just work, so she makes a bold move to join a dating agency.

The first 3 profiles of men quickly arrives and Gill asks her best girlfriends for their support and advice before agreeing to setting up her dates. Gill soon goes from no social life to a very hectic one as more dates get lined up. Charlie and Anton prove to be great initial first dates and Gill is encouraged to make second dates with them.

Meanwhile the recruitment agency business is so busy that Gill decides to look for more staff herself to help out, so she is in a loop of interviewing new dates, new recruits for herself and new recruits for clients.

Gill and her girlfriends have booked a short trip to Barcelona for the Merce Festival which takes place in September. This is a famous event in Spain celebrating wine and cava from the Catalan vineyards, the girls plan to include sightseeing, shopping, the beach and plenty of wine tasting. The trip comes at a time when Gill’s relationship with Anton looks about to get more serious, but Anton is busy too, he must go to Russia on business.

The Barcelona trip adds lots of great descriptions of events, people and places, Gill is saved from a mugging by a fellow Scot, who she literally bumps into upon their return. She picks up the fast pace of her life once more and is busy with more dates, but what happened to Anton?

I really enjoyed this book and happily wanted to shout at Gill that she chose the wrong man, but that was my opinion I wonder who you would choose in her place?

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Author Susan Buchanan will be our guest of the blog tomorrow, come back and find out more about her writing.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Today I would like to welcome another young book reviewer to the blog, I hope you enjoy these as much as me. Thank you Louise for this review.

An Abundance of Katherines

‘‘An Abundance of Katherines’ – by John Green

Rating: 4/5

Colin Singleton is, coincidentally, rather unlucky with relationships. Having been dumped by a total 19 girls, all with the name of Katherine, it’s no surprise that this former child prodigy is feeling somewhat… rejected. However, with the endless possibilities of a summer road trip stretching ahead of him and his over-indulged best friend, can Colin finally move on from his dire attempts at love with the help of Satan’s Hearse, ‘Gutshot’ and a certain wide-eyed girl who doesn’t go by the name of Katherine?

My favourite aspect of this book has to be the characters. All were relatable, and most were loveable  and as each overcame their own challenges and developed as people, we are provided with the frequent and inspiring morals of the story. I found this book to be such an uplifting read and, being about teenagers, I found the characters to be very similar to my own friends, and even to myself at some points!

Whilst it adds depth to the novel, there are references to mathematics throughout, with graphs drawn in to show the emotional development of poor Colin as he struggles to solve The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. However, the ever thoughtful John Green adds most of the mathematics into an ‘appendix’ at the end, so it isn’t a fundamental part of the novel; I couldn’t even look at Colin’s final equation!

I would therefore recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a thought-provoking but equally heart-warming read; it was so sweet that I finished it in less than 24 hours!’

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