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A snark-free book review of Modern Dating: A Field Guide from the people that changed dating with HowAboutWe

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About a year ago, my friend had told me about this new dating website called HowAboutWe.  It was such a cool concept, and although I didn’t subscribe to the online dating option, I did join to check out and post “outside the box” dating ideas.  So imagine my surprise when I was I was offered the chance to read and review the book Modern Dating: A Field Guide by Chiara Atik (the same people of HowAboutWe.com)!dating

This book couldn’t have come at a better time.  As you know, I am trying to dip my toe back into the dating pool and reading this book has really re-inspired me.  Not only is it broken into great sections with a nicely laid out format, but the content is actually interesting!  A lot of self-help books can drone on with statistics and are just down right boring.  This one makes me realize that I need to toss out all the old expectations of online dating days of yore for it is a whole new mad, mad, world out there.

Modern Dating starts off by saying being single is ok.  Yes, we all know that, but its kinda nice to hear it from someone else, am I right?! I almost wish this book was titled Modern Single’s Survival Guide because it is so encouraging for every spoke of the single evolutionary wheel.  Enjoying being single?  Good for you!  Casual sex? Friends with Benefits? If that’s your bag, baby, bang on!  What’s a good come back when Aunt Mabel asks why your still single… again.  How to have the “exclusivity talk” that everyone dreads.  And what HowAboutWe.com is know for- 70 dates outside the boring dinner-and-a-movie box!

I think for me the most poignant quote was actually in reference to friendships.  Chiara says “Friends will outlast a good portion of your romantic relationships.  In other words, maintaining a good relationship with your friends, through thick and thin, through single and not single, is a big deal.” Truer words I don’t think have ever been written.  So many of my friends jump ship when they get into relationships, and only come back into your life when they are heart broken and need a shoulder.  It shouldn’t be that way!  We should all be there for each other through the good AND the bad!  It’s a battle field out there, rather than every (wo)man for themselves, lets win the battle AND the war!

Where ever you are in the single cycle, there is something in this book for you.  And if you are like me and ready to get back into the dating pool, there is a free 3-month subscription to HowAboutWe included with every copy purchased!  That’s like being handed $54 to go towards some fun dates!  How’s that for incentive?!

And now that I have read and taken copious notes on this book, I thought it would be fun to give away my sponsored copy! Please post your best OR worst date story below and be entered to win!  Because let’s face it, who doesn’t like free loot!

Modern Dating A Field Guide

Note:  This post was sponsored by HowAboutWe but all opinions of the website and the book are mine and only mine. Don’t forget to click HERE for your free three months on online dating site howaboutwe.com with purchase of Modern Dating: A Field Guide.

“To date, or not to date?” That is just me talking to myself.

I met a really great guy last year. We totally hit it off, connected, communicated, had fun, laughed, and wanted the same things. And then the day after my birthday he decided he couldn’t date me.

AKA he met someone else. I’m not stupid.

Anyway, I was completely shocked. My spirit crushed. I couldn’t bring myself to date. Yes, I’m being dramatic. Even though we had only been on five dates, we had been friends for about a year. Enough time to know what kind of person someone is and wants to be.

I swore off dating. This was last fall. I reluctantly agreed to go out on a date this winter with a new guy. He flaked. Twice. If I didn’t think I was done dating before, I was definitely done then.

But then spring sprang. I have been out and about enjoying this gorgeous weather while seeing couples enjoying each other. Quite honestly, it makes me lonely. I miss having that connection with someone.

So over the past few days I’ve been debating getting back online… I really hate online dating, but this organically meeting a mate thing ain’t happening.  What’s a girl to do…