Brian Donovan - Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters Reviews

Brian Donovan - Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

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A caveat for those tempted by Internet dating sites...

Feb 27, 2013 (Updated Apr 2, 2013)
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Pros:Very funny, short book about disastrous Internet dates.

Cons:Too short.  Vulgarity may offend some readers (but not me).

The Bottom Line: If this were longer, I'd easily give it five stars.


I met my husband, Bill, on the Internet.  Our story does not involve Internet dating, though.  We met in a chat room about which we had a mutual interest.  When she found out how we met, my mother was horrified.  She thought it was weird.  Every time we tell people how we met, they immediately assume we are an Internet dating site success story.  I have never tried Internet dating and have never even been tempted by it.  

According to Brian Donovan, author of the short e-book Not A Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters (2013), it's a good thing I never tried a dating site.  Because dating sites can lead to serious dating disasters.  I guess that's not a bad thing if you're either an author or a comedian, which Donovan apparently is.  But you do end up suffering through a lot of miserable dates with incompatible people.

Donovan has been on hundreds of dates, courtesy of Web sites like Match.com.  Those dates have led to some very funny stories which Donovan includes in Not a Match.  One thing Donovan learned is that even a disastrous date can lead to a golden story.  If you end up dating someone who doesn't look like their picture and whose description of themselves is full of cliches, it's likely you can get them to talk about their disastrous dates, which you can then write about in an e-book and sell on Amazon.com.

I enjoyed reading Not a Match.  Donovan's writing is funny and he has the kind of personality that I would think would make up for any physical shortcomings.  He describes himself as looking like Brian Dennehy, which doesn't sound that terrible.  At least he doesn't look like Keith Richards, right?  Donovan's stories are witty and candid and he even offers some tips for success on dating sites.  

My one complaint about this book is that it's really short.  Granted, it's only selling for $2.99, but I would think Donovan would have a treasure trove of stories that could be mined for a great book about the pitfalls of online romances.  I read Not a Match within a couple of hours, though, and I wanted more by the end.  Also, while I'm not offended by coarse language, I feel the need to warn those who are.  This is not exactly a clean read.         

I still think this book is a great read, especially if you need to kill time.  Stuck in an airport somewhere?  Not a Match might be right up your alley.  It's a fun, engaging kind of a read that will help you pass time and do you a public service.  Stay off of Match.com, unless you enjoy dating disasters.  And read Not a Match.  It'll probably make you laugh.  I truly hope someday Brian Donovan expands this book.


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