Hooray. I bought a cheap Kindle book on a whim and it worked out well!
Love From Both Sides by Nick Spalding is a hilarious, weird take on the romantic comedy genre, and well, I’ll let the Amazon description sum it up for you:
Dating isn’t easy these days.
Just ask hapless singletons Jamie Newman and Laura McIntyre, two thirtyish Brits who are trying to remain positive in the face of all of the awkwardness, chaos, and humiliation that pave the road to finding love.
Jamie, who’s still licking his wounds after his fiancée abandoned him, will try just about anything to find the girl of his dreams: from disastrous blind dates to the world’s worst speed-dating event. Laura, who is getting a little nervous with the big 3-0 looming, tries to put her awful-but-sexy ex in her rear view and move on, even if it means blind dates with spandex-clad bikers and drunken first-date hand jobs.
When Jamie and Laura finally meet each other, love starts to blossom–but throw in some bad fajitas, obnoxious parents, and exes coming out of the woodwork, and things get complicated fast.
A hilarious, relatable romp through the travails of modern love, this book will make you laugh until you cry.
I’ve been in the mood for romantic comedies and love stories lately (well duh, it’s my 7-Year Anniversary with the honeyman this weekend, so I’m in that mood). This book was basically hysterical. The chapters alternate between Jamie’s blog entries and Laura’s diary entries, as they both are trying to work the dating scene and failing miserably, including when they finally meet each other and hit it off. It was a bit cruder than I’m used to (is it true that British folk are just generally less uptight about sexual things?), but it didn’t put me off any. And there were so many parts that had me laughing out loud that I kept stopping to share bits with the honeyman, who says this would make a great romantic comedy movie.
I really enjoyed this book, and I think Jamie and Laura’s story continues on in two more books, but I don’t know if I’m going to read them. Mainly because I know the next book has to do with babies, and those are distinctly not my jam. But next time I’m in the mood for literally laugh-out-loud humor, I’m going to pick a Nick Spalding book. And if you have a Kindle, the e-books are really cheap. I highly suggest checking this out.
And now because I can’t help it – favorite quotes:
” “Fanks very much. Ain’t you a gentleman?” Isobel says, her bad breath apparently strong enough to render her unable to pronounce Ts and Hs.”
“Is it any wonder I’m single when people actively think it’s a good idea to set me up with somebody called Crotch Goblin?”
“I’m supposed to be quitting, but nothing raises my stress levels like trying to hold a polite conversation with eight complete strangers in a row.”
“No relationship is ever perfect, but when you truly love each other… it doesn’t have to be.”
Sarah Says: 4 stars