A laugh-out-loud debut novel that will delight fans of Bridget Jones’s Diary and HBO’s Girls
Love by the Book charts a year in the life of Lauren Cunningham, a beautiful, intelligent, and unlucky-in-love twenty-eight-year-old American. Feeling old before her time, Lauren moves to London in search of the fab single life replete with sexy Englishmen. But why can’t she convince the men she’s seeing that she really isn’t after anything more serious than seriously good sex? Determined to break the curse, Lauren turns her love life into an experiment: each month she will follow a different dating guide until she discovers the science behind being a siren. Lauren will follow The Rules, she’ll play The Game, and along the way she’ll journal her (mis)adventures and maybe even find someone worth holding on to. Witty, gritty, and very true to life, Love by the Book will have you in stitches.
Lauren Cunningham leaves her family, relationship, and career in Maine for a new adventure in London and the promise of meeting hot British men. Although she lands a great job, makes friends, and does plenty of partying, none of the men she meets seem to stick around for more than a few dates, despite her insistence that she isn't looking for a serious relationship. So Lauren changes paths and attempts a more scientific approach: over the course of 12 months, she tries the tactics outlined in 12 different dating manuals, from modern guides to a tome on Victorian etiquette, noting her successes and failures along the way. As she's employing her mixed bag of dating strategies on would-be suitors with nicknames like "Sleepy Eyes" and "Bike Guy," Lauren actually does learn a thing or two from each book. Naturally, though, the man who's going to give her the happy ending is the one guy who knows what she's up to, and the only one who's never been one of her experimental subjects. In Pimentel's debut, her portrayal of a variety of relationship dynamics some traditional, some not and her diverse cast of characters is a refreshing twist on a well-worn formula. Unfortunately, the overall trajectory is still one that any chick-lit reader will have seen before, right down to the passionate kiss in the final chapter.