I was sent a book to review, titled "The Art of Not Having It All" by British Author, Melissa Kite.
Ahhh, the quest...to find...Prince Charming! Some find their soul mate when they're young. Some find their soul mate when they're middle aged. Some find their soul mate when they're older. Some never find their soul mate. Melissa Kite, who is a middle-aged, accomplished woman, shares with us her dating memoirs. Her path to finding Prince Charming (aka Dating Disasters) is definitely an interesting one.
She first speaks, as to what it is like to be SINGLE, when most of her friends and associates are married with children. She complains of having to call repair men to fix things around her home. If she wants something built, she has to pay and find a carpenter. She complains about lugging groceries into her home. The last straw for me, was her constant complaining about not being able to program her television's remote control. In her mind, she feels all of these problems will be solved if she finds a husband. Let's stop here for a second. I really try and be partial when it comes to reviews, but I must interject! I know married women, that HAVE husbands, that DON'T DO or DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO many of the things Kite lists above. I know married couples, that STILL have to call service men. I'm single. I'm middle-aged. I've never been married. There are things I wish I had a man for, but guess what? I try to read instructions, Google the problem and fix it, and if all else fails, I call a repairman! Life moves on! Kite on the other hand dates a couple of repairmen (Mr. Fix It's), which gets twisted when business and pleasure mix. She goes on a date with a fireman to fix her tv remote. He ends up not knowing how to fix it. She goes online and meets a guy. All looks fine, until she finds out he has a farting problem. Not only does he have a farting problem, but he also wants her to pay for everything. He ends up paying his half. She then goes on to date a rich guy that arranges his personal items in groups of 3's and 9's. Then she dates a super rich married man, and finds out he's sleeping with her and two other women. Another man she's interested in is gay, good looking, and shares the same interests as her. They contemplate living and adopting a baby together. There are even MORE dates she goes on, that don't work out. Trust me! I've had my share of dating disasters (and there have been many times, when I didn't make the best decisions), but her dating escapades takes things to an entirely different level. She gives any and everybody a chance.
This book is meant to be a comedy. I see it more as a comedy/tragedy. Kite does put a comedic spin on her dating escapades. You will laugh...at times! However, you're praying that the madness stops and she finds the right guy. I have good news! She finds someone! It doesn't say that they got married or anything, but he can fix everything in her home and seem to fix her. In conclusion, the problem I have with this book is that out of its 278 pages, it could've been cut in half. The focus of this book was to be about her dating disasters (which I applaud her for sharing). However, she rambles on about her friends & their lives, girlfriend getaways gone wrong, and British laws (placing recyclables at the curb during certain times & petitions). All of that should've been left out. Another thing is she starts off the book stating she called off her wedding, but never explains why. She just goes on as to how it is a pain, to UN-schedule everything for a wedding. Then at the end of the book, she finds a man but only devotes a little of the book to discussing him. It's like, I found somebody! Hope it works! Good bye! She went on and on about the other men (that didn't deserve that much write up). My horoscope the other day said (and it should be applied to this book), "don't make someone the STAR, when they only deserve to be in the CHORUS". The STAR of this book, should've been the guy that stayed by her side at the hospital, walked her dog and took care of her when she was sick. Not those other looney toons! She also doesn't paint a very pretty picture of single life. She advises girls to get married young, because it's slim pickings as you get older. She makes it seem like it's the end of the world if you don't get married and you'll live a depressed life. I truly believe it's healthy and important to have companionship, but you will not die nor should you dig a hole and bury yourself if someone doesn't come your way. I didn't always feel that way, but I rather be alone than deal with an idiot (just so he can FIX something). HaHaHa
supersweet(run & buy it) sweet(really good,buy it) bittersweet(ok, issues)not sweet(not good,don't buy this stuff)
The Art of Not Having It All is NotSweet