By Katie Heaney
Grand Central Publishing, 2014
Audience: Older teens, Adults
So begins Katie Heaney's memoir of her years spent looking for love, but never quite finding it. By age 25, equipped with a college degree, a load of friends, and a happy family life, she still has never had a boyfriend ... and she's barely even been on a second date.
Throughout this laugh-out-loud funny book, you will meet Katie's loyal group of girlfriends, including flirtatious and outgoing Rylee, the wild child to Katie's shrinking violet, as well as a whole roster of Katie's ill-fated crushes. And you will get to know Katie herself -- a smart, modern heroine relaying truths about everything from the subtleties of a Facebook message exchange to the fact that "Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot."
Funny, relatable, and inspiring, this is a memoir for anyone who has ever struggled to find love, but has also had a lot of fun in the process.
What I liked most about this book was that the author wasn’t on a deadline and didn’t have a specific goal she was working toward. It simply explains how she managed to have bad luck in love.
It seems like most stories of this nature feature protagonists who are determined to lose their virginity - no matter what - or they sit around moping and feeling sorry for themselves.
She does neither. She writes a heartfelt, hilarious, honest story about her high school and college years. I loved it and I think teens will, too.
P.S. I may be biased because she won me over when she wrote, “Everybody who works in a coffee shop is at least a little bit hot.” (I used to work in a coffee shop!) Hooray and thank you, Ms. Heaney!