The Year I Dated the Internet by Stacy Lynn Carroll (Review)

The Year I Dated the Internet
by Stacy Lynn Carroll
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 347 Pages
May 23rd 2017


With her 30th birthday fast approaching, Chelsea Wilson decides she is done being single. She is going to be married by the end of the year if it kills her. And sixteen first dates might just do that. With no male companionship, other than her cat Daughtry, Chelsea reluctantly creates an online dating profile. She begins meeting all kinds of men in a world now full of man buns and skinny jeans. While trying to find one good man, she ends up with four. How will Chelsea ever decide? The best part is she doesn’t have to. It’s up to you. In this romantic comedy like no other, you, the reader, get to pick who Chelsea chooses in the end. Her fate is in your hands.

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Praise for the Book

“I highly recommend reading this book. The story is fantastic, the dates memorable, and the ending is what you decide. I was so happy to choose which guy Chelsea ends up with, I felt even more involved in her story.” –Stacy Lybbert, Amazon reviewer

“Having read plenty of fiction with endings I didn’t love, this book was refreshing and fun. And having been married for a couple of decades and out of the dating scene, it was eye opening to get of glimpse of the new world of online dating and how difficult it can be.” –Holly Frasche, Amazon reviewer

“There was plenty of humour throughout the story and I shared some of the jokes with friends and family who all laughed as well. I would like to see more books like this. It lived up to its description and recommendation and I’m glad I read it. I would recommend it. It was just what I was looking for: a nice, light read with no heavy stuff.” –Autism Mom, Amazon reviewer

“I especially liked how real and well developed the characters were. The main character has dating experiences that anyone in the dating world can relate with, as well as experiences that no one would want, and ones that are unique to our age of the internet, taking the reader on a ride that is entertaining and heart warming.” –Leilani Peterson, Amazon reviewer.

My Review

THE YEAR I DATED THE INTERNET is a fun story about a woman who decides she's ready to settle down and that the best way of finding Mr. Right is to online date as much as possible. Readers will find the heroine's best friend and her rather entertaining tests and trials of online dating charming, as well as the men she ends up deciding between. Those who enjoy romance with alternate endings will enjoy this one.

I picked this up after skimming the synopsis and seeing it was at a discounted price. I love chick-lit and I thought this would be perfect for my mood. I got half-way through the story and wasn't quite sure what to make of things. I liked the main character, Chelsea, liked her roommate, thought Chelsea's family was entertaining, thought the dates and conversations were interesting and funny at times, loved some of the banter... I just couldn't quite figure out, though, why I couldn't get a good reading on these guys that Chelsea is trying to decide about. It's like their characters only went so deep and she only spent so much time with them each. I thought one had a red flag, one was better suited to her roommate and then two I liked, but didn't love. It's like I just never felt Chelsea fall in love with anyone. It felt more like she was checking off her list of qualifications for someone that could work for her, without her heart being fully in it. Of course, I somehow missed that this was a "choose your own ending" kind of story, so once I realized that, I realized why none of the guys stood out to me. I read through all the endings. They were all nice (although one of them made absolutely no sense to me for who she ended up with), but I never felt a deep connection with the characters, or invested in any of the choices or the ending at all. Maybe that's just how these stories are? I decided they're not the type of stories for me.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a fun story, but one I would recommend only to those who don't want to be 100% invested in characters and who enjoy the pick-your-own-ending genre.

Content: Some innuendo, but clean
Source: Purchased

You can go here to read an excerpt from the book. Have any of you read this one? What do you think about books where the reader can choose the ending?

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