For three months Sass will abide by numerous rules including: not making any new man-friends, not flirting with any man and most importantly, not going on any dates.Will Sass be able to abide by The Dating Detox for three whole months?Also like the later book (this one was published some two years prior), it felt a bit long near the end with Sass being just a touch too clueless about her own emotional state.But talking about how it falls short of its later cousin does it a bit of a disservice when the fact of the matter is that I enjoy as good as A Girl Like You—and maybe a little bit samey as well—this book is still a fun, evocative coming-of-maturity story with interesting characters you can't help but love.I could see completely why Sass was terrified of entering back into the dating world and did wonder if she would ever make that leap again.All of the characters in The Dating Detox are fantastic.The Dating Detox first came to my attention a while back when it was due to be released under the title of The Dating Sabbatical. Not in the fact that Sass is a regular twenty-something who gets drunk/dates a lot, but in the fact that Sass decides to quit men for good. No book I’ve read has ever, out-and-out, had it’s main character stop dating full stop… I wondered how the romance would come into the book since Sass has sworn off men for good, and I knew the romance aspect would undoubtedly be a big part to the storyline, as the book is essentially a rom-com so it was great to see the book unfold in it’s entirety.I heard the synopsis and thought it sounded incredibly interesting and, most importantly, rather unique. Gemma Burgess very kindly offered to send me this to review and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could get started on it straight away. I was immediately sucked into Sass’s world and I thought Gemma tapped into the mind of a twenty-something serial dater pretty well.
For the post-Carrie Bradshaw, post-Bridget Jones, post-credit crunch generation of singles, life isn't beautiful, a bitch, or a beach. However this book didn’t capture me very much, the plot was a bit flat… I felt that the Love Story, which for me should be the focal point in a chick-lit novel, was left with a meagre 20% of the book at most.
It’s taken me a few days (football/X Factor got in the way it seems! We learn early on about Sass’s six break-ups which have caused her to start her Detox and they were equally amusing and cringe-worthy in the way in which they happened.
I could sympathise with Sass as we learn of each of her break-ups but, wow, she hadn’t half dated some losers. The book actually skips over the three-months of the actual Detox and I thought I’d missed something out, as the blurb makes it appear as if after the three months, Sass will immediately give it all up.
This book was funny, a page turner, and filled my girl power bucket up.
I read it when I was single and tried almost every dating site out there and was becoming the Grinch of love and relationships. as good as A Girl Like You—and maybe a little bit samey as well—this book is still a fun, evocative coming-of-maturity story with interesting characters you can't help but love.