July 20, 2010

Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, by Marla Martenson

I received a copy of Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker from the author to review.

I was pretty excited to dig into this memoir because I'm a fan of a good, light-hearted read. For me, reading is an escape, and what better place to escape than the drama-filled world of Beverly Hills dating!

While it was definitely light-hearted and at times, hilarious, it wasn't quite as wonderful as I'd hoped.

Plot: It's pretty easy to figure out the plot by the title alone. It lived up to everything I thought it would be -- offering me a glimpse into the self-centered, shallow, and occasionally heart-warming view of Dating for the Rich and Famous. Marla's wit and snark are a great lens for the interesting singles she encounters every day.

Characters: For me, this is where the book fell short. Marla as a "character" is engaging, though hard for me to relate to because I'm probably the antithesis of an LA gal. It was her husband that stretched my patience.

I really rooted for her as she juggled her matchmaking career, burgeoning writing career, and her marriage. Marla is great at making the reader feel like you're in her shoes, and at times that made me so mad at her hubby. He didn't seem supportive and didn't seem to understand where she was coming from during some high-stress times. While everything is wrapped up in a nice bow and it could be said that Adolfo isn't all that different from any man in America, it was hard for me to read.

Structure: The book is sprinkled with e-mails from her clients, which makes for a unique structure. While I tended to lose some of the client story lines (So. Many. Singles!), I still liked this. This approach also helps break up the book and keeps the plot moving with humor.

In addition, she ends each chapter with "Affirmations". While great at summing up what I'd just read, they provide an additional dose of snark as she tries to keep herself upbeat through trying times. And they provide an extra helping of laughs, which I'm always interested in!

While I can't say I loved it, it made for a quick read. As summer wraps up, it's a good option for your beach bag or carry-on. 3 stars.

Disclaimer: While I received a free copy, I wasn't paid for this review. These thoughts are all my own!

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