Being single and living in the city may sound glamorous to your suburban friends from high school who are already married with a couple kids --- and sometimes it is --- but it is also exhausting. Cancel that date you’re on the fence about and stay in with one of these new novels. You’ll re-enter the dating game refreshed.
Problem: You’re burnt out from online dating
What to read: “Love and Miss Communication” by Elyssa Friedland
Hinge, OKCupid, Tinder, Purrsonals (Yep, it exists)…You’re sick of scrolling through endless mediocre profile pics looking for your perfect “match.” Can’t you just meet your next crush at the bookstore? The protagonist in “Love and Miss Communication” (out May 12) feels you. A 34-year-old lawyer, she’s overworked and sick of online dating. After a double whammy of bearing both professional and romantic blows, she vows to stay offline until she turns 35. She never would have predicted what happens next.
Problem: You’re convinced all men are pigs
What to read: “Galgorithm” by Aaron Karo
If you’ve been cheated on, broken up with through a tweet or the guy you were kind of dating just stopped texting you, you’re probably feeling more than a little let down by the opposite sex. “Galgorithm” (out May 5), about a heartbroken high school guy, is a good reminder that girls can be mean, too. After getting his heart crushed, Shane develops a formula --- hence, the book’s title --- that turns him into a dating guru. Of course drama ensues as he tries to use the formula to follow his heart and find his one true love. Not all guys want to be players.
Problem: Guys can’t seem to handle you
What to read: “It’s Not Me, It’s You" by Mhairi McFarlane
If you have your s---t together, but it seems like all the guys you meet want to date a shrinking violet, you’ll relate to Delia. Just after she proposed to her boyfriend Paul, she gets a text from him that he meant to send to…Someone Else. “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (out May 19) is about how she picks herself back up after discovering his cheating and learns to lean on herself --- and some really good friends.
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