“ Author: Gemma Burgess / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 24 December 2009 / Genre: Modern & Contemporary Fiction / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: The Dating Detox / ISBN 13: 9781847561916 / ISBN 10: 1847561916 „
The writer of this book is Gemma Burgess. She is a screenwriter and author, who lives in New York. She had travelled the world a bit and written a number of books. Brooklyn Girls was written just as her single life was ending. The book is about a young group of girls, having fun, getting drunk, breaking hearts and being heartbroken. In addition to this she has also written A Girl Like You, which was one of her first books.
Sass: A twenty something year old, who has not had much luck with dating. She's tried, really tired her best at it, but for some reason it just isn't going right.
Bloomie and Kate: The best friends. Both caring and supportive of Sass' crazy dating detox ideas.
Rick: The latest ex boyfriend of Sass. He didn't treat her how he should and he ended up cheating on her, whilst she was in the same house, at the same party.
Jake: The love interest of the book. Smart, funny and gorgeous.
Sass has been treated by crap by too many men in her life. Throughout the book, we find out about the many guys she has dated and the many reasons these relationships did not work out. But she decided enough is enough. No more dating. Not for a while. This is all so that she can focus on herself and other things in life, not just dating. But this proves more difficult after she meets Jake. he's gorgeous and lovely. He seems to like Sass and she likes him. will she break the rules or risk loosing the possible love of her life?
When I first read the title of this book I had the impression that this book would be funny, heartbreaking and a little extreme. Seriously who goes on a dating detox? My assumptions were correct. The book jumps head on into Sass's newest relationship, with a man named Rick. Cutting the story short, she ends up catching him shagging a Pink Lady (when you read the book, this makes total sence). After that we get an introduction into all the other "cockmonkeys" and "bastardos" that Sass has dated. This was a nice touch. I felt like the audience needed to know a little bit about these disastrous break-ups, so that we could understand the need for a detox this extreme.
The story then progresses into how Sass overcomes work issues, not dating and sticking to the dating detox rules. Its full of humour and the story becomes even more humorous once Sass gets invited to her friends parents country home, for a weekend of drinking, frolicking and more drinking. The introduction of Jake earlier on in the story means that Jake is also in attendance. But almost predictably the pair fall out and neither contact the other following their big blow out. Almost just as predictably Sass ends up realising her feeling for Jake, whilst on a girly holiday in New York, and the pair end up together.
Despite guessing early on that this would happen, I really enjoyed the story. It is well written and the story sounds believable. I can imagine women all around the country swearing of men and drawing up their own set of dating detox rules. The idea sounds a little extreme for me, but it seemed to work for Sass.
Parts of this review are also posted on my blog.
You know me, I love a good read. These past few weeks I have been whizzing through my 'to-read' pile of books, and have been starting and ending come books in just a day or two. Today, I will be reviewing one of my latest reads.
The Dating Detox is a chick-lit book by author Gemma Burgess. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2009. You can buy your copy of this book from Amazon for a price of £4.69 which I think is fairly good value for money.
Plot: Sass has had enough!! She has just ended her sixth unsuccessful relationship and so she decideds to start the 'Dating Detox' which consists of no men! Normally her life is full of dates and nights out, but how she going to occupy herself now? Will she keep to the rules, or will she get distracted? Read The Dating Detox to find out!
I liked this plot even if at first I thought that it was going to be a bit predictable. Whilst the main plot seems quite predictable, the actual 'little plots' in the book are actually not that predictable, and so I was pleasantly suprised with this book!
I really liked the main character, Sass as I found her to be quite inspirational (even though she's a fictional character). She was very confident and clever, yet she was such a likeable character, that you just wished that she was real.
I really liked the way that this book was written; in a very witty way! There was also a lot of humour in the book, whether it was a piece of descriptive writing or dialouge between the characters; I found it funny!
I think that this book is a great read for everyone, although I think a lot of single women will value it more than 'loved up' women, as it shows that being in a couple isn't everything, and sometimes being single is best.
I really enjoyed this book and think that it would make a perfect movie! I will also be looking out for more books from this author in future!
Thanks for reading!
May 7th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
After a string of dreadful relationships - if you can call them this, Sass decides to give up men and concentrate on her career, her friends and herself. This is chick lit in its most predictable form. It has the group of girl friends, who are all extremely close and are a group like every girl should be part of. There is the handsome, funny guy who keeps appearing in every other chapter, with a will they won't they theme. And of course the ex biyfriends who appear throughout as well. Sass of course is constantly questioning herself and throughout the book there are some very funny parts with what her and her drunkedn friends get up too. This is a great book for a weekend when you don't want to concentrate on anything too hard and just want to read a book where you don't have to think about anything too much. As already said its a bit predictable but generally that is what chick lit books are about.
After being dumped six times in a row, twenty-something Sass decides enough is enough. On a night out with her friend Bloomie, Sass decides to begin The Dating Detox. 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? After the three months is up, will Sass go back to her destructive dating lifestyle or will she decide that, actually, being on her own is a lot more fun and far less hassle?
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. I heard the synopsis and thought it sounded incredibly interesting and, most importantly, rather unique. I love a unique chick lit book. 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. It's taken me a few days (football/X Factor got in the way it seems!) but I have finally finished The Dating Detox. And, boy, did I love it.
The plot, as I mentioned, is a very unique one. 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. Well, three months anyway. No book I've read has ever, out-and-out, had it's main character stop dating full stop... until now! 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 was immediately sucked into Sass's world and I thought Gemma tapped into the mind of a twenty-something serial dater pretty well. 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. It made the Detox make sense, I must say!
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. I actually love the fact she embraced her new single status and went out of her way to not go out on dates. It was actually quite a refreshing experience to see Sass want to stay single, rather than go back on all of her hard work throughout the detox and begin dating losers again. 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. Sass is the perfect heroine as she has her flaws and, unlike most twenty-somethings, she doesn't have the perfect life and isn't afraid to speak her mind. I loved her from the get-go and any twenty-something will find it easy to relate to Sass. What makes the book though are the ensemble cast around Sass. Her best friends Bloomie and Kate were fantastic and the relationship between the three of them was portrayed very realistically. They had their moments, did the three friends, but when it all came down to it, they all pulled together regardless of all of the problems they all had to face. I adored Bloomie and would love to have her as a friend. In fact I'd love all three of the girls to be my friend. While the book is about love and finding the right man, albeit with a Dating Detox thrown in, it's also about female friendships and that was an aspect of the book I loved. I loved Jake, who Sass meets one night and keeps bumping into with alarming regularity. I kept waiting and hoping he would appear throughout the book and I was so pleased when he did. There were a few more characters throughout the book, Sass's friends and Sass's ex-boyfriends but it's mainly Sass, Bloomie, Kate and Jake who are our main focus.
The Dating Detox isn't written in a spectacular way and I don't mean that as a criticism. The writing style is easy and relaxed and it's as if Sass is talking to me throughout the book, rather than myself reading about Sass - if that makes sense. It must be a difficult writing style to keep up considering it's written in the present tense (which I think is probably the most difficult tense to write in as you have to keep yourself from slipping back into the past tense) as well as being written in first-person. I applaud Gemma for going with that writing combo for her debut novel, she really pulled it off and made reading the book an utter pleasure.
The Dating Detox is just a fantastic read and I can't wax lyrical about it enough. It's humourous, it's warm and it's witty and I really recommend that you give this book a read. I could have read about Sass all day long, she was that enjoyable a character. Gemma has hit a winner here with her debut novel and I truly loved it. Not only is the plot unique but the characters are ones you really care about and only want the best for. A true must-read.