Monday, June 29, 2009
Meeting Mr. Wrong, The Romantic Misadventures of a Southern Belle, by Stephanie Snowe is a highly entertaining account of one Southern woman's attempts at dating after a divorce. It is one of those books that makes you snort with amusement. We've all done the dating thing (well, I'm assuming we've all done it) and it can be hell, but Stephanie tells her tales with a lot of humour and wry wit.
Even before giving birth to twins, Stephanie's husband informs her that he wants a divorce and she is immediately thrust into a world of diapers and daycare. Dating is far from her mind initially, but once she does take the plunge, she does it via the Yahoo personals page. The dates she gets from this venture range from the odd to the slightly scary.
There's Denny, who lived in a trailer park and had a velvet Elvis picture on his wood-paneled wall. Denny, who had six of his workmates follow them on their date to the Golden Corral. Denny who peed with the bathroom door open.
Then there was Juan, who gave Stephanie a rating (average to slightly above average) as they were sitting down to dinner on their first date and then proceeded to ask the waitress for her phone number. This one called her back, even after she ran screaming up her walkway, yelling that he should never call her again.
Or Brian, who still lived with his mother and did everything with her, including let her listen in on his phone conversations. George, who turned out to be married and Ben, who got completely drunk and puked at her feet (and still wanted to kiss her after that).
The stories continue on, interwoven with conversations with her mother (which are hilarious) and talks with advice-filled friends. It's a quick, fun read that will leave you wincing in sympathy while laughing out loud.
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