Renee Green decides to try online dating, as suggested by her friend Mark. Mark also wants to try the dating, but his OCD personality leaves him far behind Renee, who has dated several men before Mark has even got his profile up and running!
Then there's Ashley and Shelley, who don't like each other too much, but are both good friends of Renee. They have to try to be civil for the sake of their friend. Their snide remarks about each other through Renee is amusing to say the least.
Renee has some interesting dates and there's a lot of fun along the way too. I won't give away what happens in the end, but lets say it gave me a little surprise. In a good way.
Renee is easy to relate to. She is a character who doesn't take herself too seriously and as a reader, I felt supportive of her journey to find love. I really wanted her to meet someone nice. I loved her snappy responses to her emails and I enjoyed the way she interacted with her potential dates. She felt the need to be kind and honest. If she wasn't interested in a date, she wanted to let them down gently and would not dream of ignoring them.
Shelley is witty, sharp and loves life. She encourages Renee to live life on the edge too. Well ... a little. A woman who likes sex and isn't afraid to shout about it, Shelley gives all of her conquests amusing nick-names which made me chuckle.
Ashley reminded me of one of my dear friend's, with a permanent on/off boyfriend and slightly disapproving of others at times. Ashley is there when it counts and I liked that about her. I liked how she matured and developed throughout the book. Won't say anything more!
I really loved Mark, I could relate to his need to be permanently organised. Mark has a very big heart and obviously and even bigger case of OCD. I almost wanted him to be gay. He's quite nerdy, but loves Renee and wants the best for her, although he doesn't seem to accurately know what that is.
My favourite lines in the book:
'You truly are the queen of confrontation.'
'I have no recollection of this alleged ''shoes by mail'' mocking incident.'
'I'm also wondering if we have anything in common. I mean, I work for a PR firm. My clients make paint and cooking oil. What, if anything, will we have to talk about? He's a rock star for god sakes.'
The entire book consists of emails and I really liked this format. I thought this was very clever of the author to weave a witty narrative in this way. I'm sure this wasn't easy to deliver, but Lisa Becker makes it look easy.
I knew from the blurb and cover that I would love this book. It's light, fun and easy. I think the author needs to be given credit for creating something that appears to be simple, but must have been challenging to write.
Lisa Becker had endured her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates, many of which inspired Click: An Online Love Story. She is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there's hope for you!
To follow updates on the Click saga and share your stories about online dating, visit the Click Facebook fan page. You can also watch the trailer here.