Saturday, 27 July 2013

Casting The Net Volume 1- True Adventures of Online Dating

Anyone who's dabbled with internet dating has a story to tell, but few can tell them with as much wit and honesty as Julie McDowall. 

Her online dating blog became an instant sensation on when she charted her bizarre and hilarious experiences in search of the perfect man. Or at least a man who wasn't a total freak. Or, failing that, a freak who was freaky in the right ways...

Now for the first time CASTING THE NET - VOLUME 1 presents the unexpurgated true story of her ongoing quest for love, including all the material deemed unfit for a family newspaper. Join the eloquent and intrepid McDowall as she tackles The Janny, The Accountant, The Comedian, Foxy Doctor, the inimitable Shug -- and her ultimate nemesis, The Clown.

This was truly brilliant and incredibly funny. Julie McDowall manages to write what are actually painful dating experiences as incredibly entertaining. I read this so quickly as once you start it you will not want to put it down.

The story starts with Julie breaking up with her really awful boyfriend who is constantly drunk and Julie decides that she just can't take it anymore; packing and moving into her Gran's. With a little help from her Gran she manages to get a place of her own but she quickly realises that a man is missing from her life. So ensues Julie's online dating escapades, starting with a janitor and an accountant. She is also messaging a clown- yep an actual clown.

Julie gives us a very true, very real insight in the realities of online dating and she really did have me in stitches. But although she portrays the funny side really well, I did feel for her on her quest to find the perfect man. I could really relate to Julie as well having come out of a relationship not long ago and still finding myself single. My friends did even put me on a dating website, but to be honest I wasn't keen on the people on there. But even though Julie is still looking for someone I think it was great that she bit the bullet and went on these dates.

The way Julie writes as well makes it feel like she is actually talking to you about her experiences. She is incredibly honest. Her writing style is simple and straight forward, which makes it so easy to get into. It is honestly perfect for the stories that she tells, as if written any differently I do not think it would get across as well.

This was incredibly refreshing due to Julia's honesty and I like that she wasn't at all afraid or embarassed to share her experiences.

I look forward to reading Volume Two!


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