book review

Mr. Right-Swipe by Ricki Schultz

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Rae Wallace would rather drown in a vat of pinot greezh and be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle–even if it is her best friend’s wedding. She’s too busy molding the minds of first graders and polishing that ol’ novel in the drawer to waste time on any man, unless it’s Jason Segel.

But when her be-fris stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they’ve hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online. She’s skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she’s out to prove she hasn’t been too picky with men.

However, when a familiar fella’s profile pops up–the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work (Nick)–Rae swipes herself right into a new problem…

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*I would like to thank Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

A lot of you guys knows already how I come to meet my husband, right? For those who don’t, well, I met him on an online dating site. So, it is not really a surprise for me to want to read something that somewhat resembles my love story, right? šŸ˜

Mr. Right-Swipe is a debut novel from Ricki Schultz and is a story about the first-grade teacher and romance writer Rae Wallace. As far as she’s concerned, she is done with men. After going through a torturous divorce followed by a devastating relationship after, who can blame her? But her best friends, Quinn and Valerie has a different idea. Valerie is married with four kids and Quinn is soon getting married and she wants Rae to bring a date to her wedding. The search commence and they set her up with someone but things don’t go well as expected. They then forced her to try Sparks, an online dating app. She declines vehemently but her friends are adamant about it, telling it is possible for her to find a decent man again. Rae is skeptical about it but she gives in and made her profile, let them choose some guy they think she might like, showing them that she is not picky when it comes to men. What follows is a series of failed first dates. Until she saw a familiar face, Nick, 35. The new substitute teacher at the school where she, Valerie and Quinn works. And since she has a crush on him, she obviously swipes right. But according to the school gossip, Nick is already taken. So, what is he still doing hanging around in a dating app? And why is he suddenly interested in her Sparks quest?

Mr. Right-Swipe is a funny take on dating by means of modern technology. Rae is a full of wit main character and she will take the readers on her hilarious adventure in the online dating world. Which I can tell is close to reality. Not that I’m a professional in any way. She appears to be selfish at times, what with her issues with men, but it doesn’t mean you can’t relate to her. Aside from Rae, the supporting characters, such as Sarah, Rae’s friend at work, Valerie, Quinn and also Nick, are also fun to read. The easy banter between the characters will show what kind of relationship they have, and their friendships are like #squadgoals. Though, I am not so sold on the romance on this. I don’t really ship them, as they say. I didn’t see enough interaction between Nick and Rae to establish such strong connection. But that is just me.

I don’t like how Rae was so judgmental on the guys he saw and met on the online app. I don’t get how she can tell how one guy is a certain type just by looking at them. I know when you put up yourself online, you are subjecting yourself to scrutiny, but to judge people so easily like that is a bit off. Again, maybe it is just me. Also, there’s too much hashtags and slangs. And I mean too much. It started out cute but it gets tiring when every page you see it. I can understand if the main character is in her teens or early twenties, but she is clearly in her thirties. And though, throwing out those hashtags once in a while is okay, I haven’t met or seen anyone just yet who do that so often as Rae. I also have to google what yanno means because I had no idea what that is.

Despite all that, the plot for Mr. Right-Swipe is intriguing and I’d say the author delivered the story quite well. It is a romantic comedy but it mostly dwells on the blunder and convenience of an online dating world, and how a single woman deals with finding someone after her failed relationships. It also shows different relationship scenarios, the problems they go through and how the characters managed to fix it. I specifically like the conflict between Rae and her friends and how they resolved the issue. Needless to say, I enjoyed reading Mr. Right-Swipe. It is a light and fun read that chick lit lovers will surely like. If you can ignore the hashtags and slang, that is.

RATING: 3.5/5

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(*Photos and synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

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