The Bottom Line
Jane Coloccia, through her tell-all online dating memoir, gives readers a taste of what its like to meet people via online dating sites in metropolitan America, and doesn't pull any punches. Frank and reminiscent of a talk with your best girlfriend, Coloccia shares her successes and failures, weird stories and strange happenings with humor, although some stories left this reader scrambling to figure out who the author was referring to.
- Laugh out loud funny in places.
- A straightforward read; easy to finish in a night or two.
- Disjointed and confusing at times.
- Does not full flesh out real-life characters.
- Judgemental, sometimes without explaining why.
- Author: Jane Coloccia
- ISBN: 9781434332042
- Publisher: Authorhouse
- Published: April 2008
- Book Details: 236 pages, paperback
Guide Review - Confessions Of An Online Dating Addict Book Review
Confessions of an Online Dating Addict is the kind of book that I've wanted to write for years, so when I received a copy, I eagerly cracked it open to read Ms. Coloccia's experiences. Unfortunately, I was frequently confused by the myriad of handles given to the men she'd discussed (or in some places, hadn't mentioned previously), and oftentimes perplexed as to why someone was deemed a bad catch.
Meeting over two hundred men in her pursuit to find love online, Coloccia undoubtedly met more than her fair share of interesting folks, whose odder-than-normal interactions she shares with wild abandon. Yet more than once I was left wondering why someone was deemed a "stalker" (a term I don't take lightly, even though I find more and more folks using it with relative ease), a loser, or just plain un-datable. In a nutshell, I wanted more from Coloccia, especially in the first few chapters of her self-published book, where one date in particular is so brief that she gives a mere half a page to describing what happened.
It could be that I see dating in a very different light than the author does, and thus why many of the chapters felt lackluster to me - but may not to others. But it wasn't until the very end of the book, where Coloccia moves into deeper territory and much more detail with two separate, long term relationships, that I felt any sort of resonance with her tale -- and even then, I questioned why Coloccia chose to date her final mate, as he didn't meet many of the criteria she'd detailed earlier in the book. Still, singles with a similar mindset to Coloccia and who are struggling with meeting Mr. Right (Online) may find some gems and/or support in Confessions of an Online Dating Addict.