At 25, Katie has a college degree, a great group of friends and has never had a boyfriend. In this hilarious memoir, she recounts all the cringe-worthy moments with crushes and guys she can barely call a “date”. She talks about her past crushes, boys who are friends, and her foray into online dating.
While the book sounds entertaining, I don’t think I would have picked up this book if it were not for Lindsey @ Reeder Reads talking about all the nostalgic references in it. Lisa Frank & JTT? Colour me intrigued and amused already. If it were not for that, I’m not sure I would have been interested to read a whole book on dating shenanigans. That being said, I’m glad I did pick this up and I certainly had many laugh-out-loud moments, commiserating and cringing at all the dating disasters.
And, truth be told, I couldn’t help but chuckle at so many horribly embarrassing choices made in her younger years that many of us could probably relate to. I definitely could and actually felt a bit validated that someone else has also gone through very similar situations! After originally writing this review, I went back to re-watching The Mindy Project on Netflix and couldn’t help but think how similar both premises were! Heaney is incredibly candid and self-deprecating in her sharing of these moments of singledom, with a great storytelling voice that leaves the reader in stitches. Among all the laughs, she dishes out some poignant commentary on her state of mind. While she stressed about having a boyfriend when she was younger, it was pleasant to see the growth in her outlook, and the statements she makes on people who accept that and those who make others feel bad for being inexperienced.
At the beginning of the book, Heaney talks about people who she calls “lighthouses”, who seem to just attract guys without even trying. I think all of us know people like that, one of my best friends being one of them and I immediately knew that she – as well as a few others – would definitely enjoy this read. If you’re of the generation that understood the nostalgic references mentioned above, you’ll probably have a good time reminiscing about your youth as you read through Heaney’s memoir.