Insider Dating Paperback – May 1 2007
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Recently divorced financial whiz Abby Dunn has an idea that will save women from repeating the dating mistakes of others. She has used the principals of investing to develop a members-only online database where women can search potential dates using ratings based on details from their exes. When Abby meets the one man who seems to beat the odds, she almost lets her obsession with finding his hidden flaws undermine her second chance at love. Abby gets her happy ending, but it takes a good deal of soul searching and the implosion of her database to get there. O'Connell expertly brings courtship into the twenty-first century in this well-written tale that will please both romance and chick-lit fans. In the age of Internet dating, Abby's database hardly seems like a work of fiction, and the characters have real-life desires and neuroses. Readers will see shades of themselves in Abby and her friends. Kostovski, Aleksandra
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Top Customer Reviews
This chick lit novel was written well and was a quick, easy read. It flows well and there is enough action to keep it moving along quickly. It was written in the first person, which somehow always makes me enjoy these novels more (which is something I never realized until I started writing reviews.
Abby's thoughts about her marriage ending were an interesting insight into why marriages sometimes fall apart and it was nice that her marriage just fell apart without any cheating spouse. I enjoyed her friend's characters but thought that some further characterization of them might have made them more dynamic.
Overall, an enjoyable read and I would definitely read another Jennifer O'Connell novel in the future.
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O'Connell can always be counted on to tell an entertaining story filled with humor and a flawed but realistic heroine with realistic friends who accept her despite her quirks. She takes a departure into more serious territory with a seemingly unsympathetic character in Abby - but shades of humor flow through Abby's aloofness asshe hides her insecurities. Though it can get a little heavy at times with her introspection about what went wrong in her marriage (and as the book progresses, it becomes evident), the payoff is a sometimes funny and often poignant look at a modern woman who will do anything to protect her heart.
INSIDER DATING is based on an interesting concept. The idea of putting men based on their attributes into various categories like stocks is unique. Jennifer O'Connell explains the stock market well so that readers such as myself who are unfamiliar with the various types of stocks will still be able to understand the notion.
The character of Abby, however, left me cold. Her constant angst became annoying, particularly as the storyline progressed. INSIDER DATING had moments where I just wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into Abby. Her selfishness is apparent throughout the story and it was hard not to feel some sort of twisted satisfaction that Abby got what she deserved.
INSIDER DATING is a well written foray into the financial world from a chick lit perspective. Jennifer O'Connell is to be commended for adding a bit of entertainment to the usually boring world of stocks. Unfortunately for me, Abby herself kept me from enjoying this tale as I was unable to relate to her total self-absorption.
COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES