This nonfiction book of collected online dating messages shows a spectrum of personalities, from charming to alarming.
Gendelman, with 11 anonymous contributors, compiles a hilarious yet revealing collection of messages from online dating sites that, collectively, reveal a few truths about the online dating trend. First and foremost, there are not set-in-stone rules, and sometimes what comes across as forward or inappropriate in one context can sound cute and enticing in another. Gendelman organizes the collected segments into categories ranging from good messages—e.g., “Short But to the Point,” “So Sweet…Just Makes You Say Awwwwwww!”—to bad messages that might fall under “Have You Ever Heard of Spell-Check?” and “Stalker?” Presenting a wide array of personalities and encounters, Gendelman and other anonymous compilers present a laugh-inducing, curiosity piquing collection of intriguing statements. This book could serve as a humorous conversation piece for some readers and a tool for learning the ropes of the online dating world for others. For example, a section highlights daters’ attempts to put forward their best qualities, from “I make Great popcorn” to “I have all my teeth.” For anyone using the book as a guide to steer clear of social stigmas in the online meetup world, the passages provided will likely reflect insight into the well-meaning yet poorly executed pickup lines, advances and courtships of innocent, anonymous daters. While the collection portrays a wide spectrum of personalities, it doesn’t offer specific advice or a code of rules for online daters. Those new to the online dating territory may need to search elsewhere for rules and guidelines for successfully navigating online romance. But for those readers looking for a laugh or a quick peek into the world of cyber connections, this book will both entertain and inform.
A surprisingly diverse collection of dating tidbits cloaked with anonymity.