I love when people share their dating stories. Since I'm working on a book of my own about my (mis)adventures in dating after divorce, it's comforting and somewhat reassuring to know that I'm not the only one who's experienced too many 'what the hell just happened here' moments to count.
I've "known" Daniel, the brains behind the blog Memoirs of a Single Dad, for a short time through our mutual online endeavors. I've guest posted for him and have followed him on Twitter, knowing that he blogs with candor, honesty and a sense of humor that I appreciate. I know that we share some core values, like a 'no revolving door' policy when it comes to kids and dating, that separated and dating is a recipe for disaster and that online dating sites are an, *ahem*, schizophrenic mix of good and bad.
So I waited with bated breath for the release of his book and have spent time on and off over the last couple of weekends reading through it, alternately nodding my head in agreement and shaking it in disbelief as he shared recollections of the dates that led him to where he is now: engaged to Jen B, who he met on my least favorite online site. I'm going to be completely honest and cop to the fact that I don't know the "right" way to do a review; I don't know the rules or the protocol, so I'll just tell you what I think about Daniel's book.
I love it. It's honest and weaves practical advice with his own personal experiences, which makes it credible and easy to relate to. His 'Dating Duh' snippets are full of wisdom and truths some people are too afraid to say, and his honest review of the most prominent online dating sites makes the book a great investment for someone who's just dipping their toe in the dating waters.
What I appreciate most, though, is that he reminds us that being successful at dating as a single parent (probably over 30) comes down to some very common sense-driven 'rules'. Know yourself, know who you are and what you want, be yourself and don't let the process consume you. He breaks it down into easy and readable sections, including "Top 10 Signs of Diverging Priorities" and "Do's and Don'ts of Online Dating' and covers everything in between. I only wish the guys I've dated in the past would have read the book, too.
*I didn't receive compensation for this review, though I was provided with a copy for free. That did not change my reaction to the book or influence this review in any way shape or form.