Click Date Repeat by K. J. Farnham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 21 August, 2014
These days, finding love online is as commonplace as ordering that coveted sweater. But back in 2003, the whole concept of Internet dating was still quite new, with a stigma attached to it that meant those who were willing to test the waters faced a fair amount of skepticism from friends and family.
Such is the case for Chloe Thompson, a restless 20-something tired of the typical dating scene and curious about what she might find inside her parents’ computer. With two serious but failed relationships behind her, Chloe isn’t even entirely sure what she’s looking for. She just knows that whatever it is, she wants to find it.
Based loosely on author K. J. Farnham’s real-life online dating experiences, Chloe’s foray into online dating involves a head-first dive into a world of matches, ice breakers and the occasional offer of dick pics, all while Chloe strives to shake herself of the ex who just refuses to disappear. Will she simultaneously find herself and “the one” online, or will the ever-growing pile of humorous and downright disastrous dates only prove her friends and family right? There’s only one way to find out…
Click. Date. Repeat.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Chloe wants very badly to find true love; and when the conventional methods yield no results, she decides to take a leap of faith into the world of online dating.
I enjoyed Chloe’s story way more than I anticipated. It made me laugh, because it mostly reminded me of my pen pal stint two years ago. Like Chloe, I met several people. The ones who weren’t weird turned out to be perverted, and vice versa. I didn’t get to meet any of them physically (thank God), but Click Date Repeat made it possible for me to imagine the horror of having to go through that.
I like the way Chloe is portrayed, even though I occasionally wished she would just stand up for herself, and tell her mom/friends to stuff a sock in it or something. The other characters are very real; even the infuriating ones. It’s obvious that the author took inspiration from her own experiences with online dating, and she managed to portray everything so well.
Another thing that the author nailed is the entertaining aspect of the story. I found myself laughing out loud at times, and there’s never a dull moment in the events that unfold. I like the fact that the story is quick and light enough that I was able to finish it within hours, but without any farfetched events taking place. There is a flow of captivating descriptions, and the writing style is clear and easy to understand.
In a nutshell, Click Date Repeat is a fun read with well developed characters, a realistic storyline, and lots of humour attached to it. If there’s a sequel, count me in!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, K. J. Farnham was an educator for 12 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee and a master’s degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
After relocating from Milwaukee to Hudson, Wisc., in 2011, Farnham became a freelance writer and resolved to complete her first novel. The storyline for “Click Date Repeat” is a result of her experiences (and mishaps) with online dating, through which she met her husband.
Farnham lives with her husband, three young children and three cats. When she is not busy keeping up with her kids, she can be found reading or writing. A sequel to “Click Date Repeat” is in the works, and she plans to publish her next novel, “The Me I See,” in the spring of 2015.