Matteson Perry is a Nice Guy. He remembers birthdays, politely averts his eyes on the subway, and enjoys backgammon. A serial monogamist, he’s never asked a stranger out. But when the girl he thought might be The One dumps him, he decides to turn his life around. He comes up with The Plan: 1. Be single for a year. 2. Date a lot of women. 3. Hurt no one’s feelings. He’s not out to get revenge, or to become a pickup artist; he just wants to disrupt his pattern, have some fun, and discover who he is. A quick-witted Everyman, Perry throws himself into the modern world of courtship and digital dating, only to discover that even the best-laid plans won’t necessarily get you laid. Over the course of a year he dated almost thirty different women, including a Swedish tourist, a former high school crush, a born-again virgin, a groupie, an actress, a lesbian, and a biter.
In Available, award-winning storyteller Matteson Perry brings us into the inner sanctum of failed pick-up lines, uncomfortable courtships, awkward texts, and self-discovery, charting the highs and lows of single life and the lessons he learned along the way. Candid, empathetic, and devastatingly funny, Available is the ultimate real-life rom-com about learning to date, finding love, and becoming better at life.
not sure how there could be any spoilers in this book.
but i guess i can say that he does end up marrying his friends ex-girlfriend. but they had been broken up 9 years prior. and he was okay with it.
he was even the witness at their courthouse wedding so it was all good.
(just thoughts on the book itself)
I'm not sure why it took me so long to read the book. i guess i just didn't make time for it because this is actually the kind of reads i like.
this past weekend i picked it back up and i couldn't put it down.
anyway, this book basically walks you towards Matteson's decision to become an unattached, unemotional serial dater. After getting dumped by Kelly, he realizes that he needs to stop being a commitment guy and decides to take on the dating world one lady at a time.
he decides that for an entire year he will not embark on any new relationship. strictly just dating and sex. a year because he wants to go to Burning Man (which, BUCKET LIST!!!!) a single man. (there might have been other reasoning to that but its been 2 months.)
so he sets on all sorts of weird dating adventures with all of these women.
all in all to end up with the one woman he'd already knew, one of the first women he actually hit up on okcupid but had actually known for years.
there were little lines here and there that reasoned with me that i wanted to share buuuut alas, i cannot find them on my kindle app to share with ya so...we'll just leave that out there in the universe.
this was a super quick read that i definitely recommend if you like reading about "life" stuff. its like sex in the city, the guy version.
his stories were funny, they were "i cant believe hes actually doing that / that's actually happening" funny without being too over the top crazy.
but most of all, it makes you think. there really are those type of women (and men) out there.