#Single by Lost the Plot is basically a collection of text conversations between people who’d met online and illustrates the awful–though, sometimes funny–side of meeting people via the internet or via an app. All text/message conversations are preceded by a little phrase or emoji to indicate what sort of conversation to expect following. The book is supposedly inspired by a tumblr blog called Tinder Tuesday, however it doesn’t appear to have anything more than a single post which was weird and I’m not sure why it’s all gone or where everything went. In the event that it was removed in order to prompt people to buy the book instead, I find myself feeling rather annoyed, however I couldn’t say for certain what actually did happen and it’s purpose.
#Single is a quick read, the sort of book you flip through with almost lightning speed as you read each rather short interaction. Some are brilliantly hilarious; I recall pausing to show my boyfriend a number of rather amusing ones while I read, one in particular having been a genuine laugh out loud and nearly cry moment. It’s definitely a good book to pick up if you’re looking for a giggle, though could potentially make you feel bad about the way dating has evolved and the horrible things you might come across.
I definitely feel that this book is more for women than men, though a guy could definitely enjoy pieces of it. The thing is, a lot of the awful that people face in online dating seems to come from the men and that’s just an unfortunate fact that we have to deal with as a society. I don’t know if I’d suggest buying this book since it’s really just a collection of something you could easily find online. While I did laugh quite a bit, a simple collection of other people’s experiences doesn’t seem like something I, personally, want to give a single person money for.
With that said, I did enjoy my time with #Single.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.