Review: Click by Lisa Becker

Click: An Online Love Story by Lisa Becker
Release Date: 2010
Publisher: Lisa Becker
Page Count: 284 pages
Source: ebook provided by author for review

Fast approaching her 30th birthday and finding herself not married, not dating, and without even a prospect or a house full of cats, Renee Greene, the heroine of Click: An Online Love Story, reluctantly joins her best guy pal on a journey to find love online in Los Angeles. The story unfolds through a series of emails between Renee and her best friends (anal-compulsive Mark, the overly-judgmental Ashley and the over-sexed Shelley) as well as the gentlemen suitors she meets online. From the guy who starts every story with “My buddies and I were out drinking one night,” to the egotistical “B” celebrity looking for someone to stroke his ego, Renee endures her share of hilarious and heinous cyber dates. Fraught with BCC’s, FWD’s and inadvertent Reply to All’s, readers will root for Renee to “click” with the right man.

Review: When I was first approached to read “Click: An Online Love Story” by Lisa Becker, the idea seemed cute. By the tenth page, however, I felt like it was anything but. This was quite possibly the most awkward book I have ever read.

The entire 284 pages are done as e-mails between several people. It was hard to keep up with who and what was going on even though each e-mail entry was titled with who the e-mails were between but because they kept jumping from one person to another; it became annoying to keep up with.

I kept turning the pages hoping for some regular paragraphs or some sort of scene setup, but it never came. This is a book of emotionless dialogue.

When I pick a book to read, one of the things that I enjoy is getting to know the characters, how they think, how they feel and how they react in certain situations. I love how the settings enhance a scene and how there is tension and conflict and interaction…you don’t get ANY of that in e-mails. You cannot get a sense of tone or emotion from an e-mail.

I am sure that this sounded like a great idea when it was proposed, but for me, it was downright painful to read and by the end I had no emotion either way toward any of the characters.

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