Crap Dates - Rhodri Marsden2021-03-19 #books #reviews #twitter #dates #books:2021 #stars:2 #published:2012
A good date can be exhilarating: a shared joke, an improbable spark, long moments of gazing fondly into each other's eyes. Not so for the dating disasters featured in this collection of laugh-out-loud actual tweets about the most terrible evenings imaginable. From seriously unwelcome confessions, to dousing dates in wine, to bringing them back to creepy apartments to meet favorite stuffed animals, here are the funniest and most alarming reports from dating's front lines. Along the way, author Rhodri Marsden offers tips on how to identify and avoid the worst of the bad daters, including married men, blatant liars, deluded optimists, and more. This harrowing collection of real nightmare dates will amuse anyone who's suffered through one of cupid's off nights.
Ok, so not much as "offer tips", but mostly "these are things that people replied to me when I complained about a bad date".
Not that the topic doesn't have a merit -- I mean, who doesn't want to know that they weren't the only ones in a bad date -- but it felt like there was some lacking of research. And I don't mean field research, but actually talking to people instead of capturing their tweets and putting them in book form.
For example, you have this:
A 23 yr old girl. “I think for my age I’ve achieved a hell of a lot.” she said. Then talked for three hours about her internet business.
Sure, that's a huge presumptuous comment to make in a first date, but "yr"? Couldn't we edit this so at least it looks correct? Couldn't we do a research on how the date went, how they met, how they picked a place and so on? Just the tweet, then?
I mean, sure, the tweets tell a lot about how bad things went, but at least more details would be nicer, specially when you go to a book format.