Around the World in 80 Dates [NOOK Book]

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Travel writer Sydney Alexander is ready for one particular journey to end: her frustrating search for a Mr. Right. But things are looking up: Just after landing her dream job, she meets an eligible round of bachelors. Now Sydney will discover just how far she's willing to compromise to land her dream guy.

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Overview

Travel writer Sydney Alexander is ready for one particular journey to end: her frustrating search for a Mr. Right. But things are looking up: Just after landing her dream job, she meets an eligible round of bachelors. Now Sydney will discover just how far she's willing to compromise to land her dream guy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615215065
  • Publisher: NavPress Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

    A Humorous Look at Christian Dating

    Around The World in 80 Dates - Confessions of a Christian Serial Dater by Christa Ann Banister is a wonderfully, funny book. The lead character, Sydney Alexander is a single Christian woman who works as a travel writer. She is able to laugh at herself and finds humour in the circumstances she's in. It's a look into the world of single Christians. Young, single adults all go through some of the same things when it comes to dating and relationships. Around The World in 80 Dates shows how a Christian single deals with issues while staying true to their Christian faith.

    I believe that Sydney Alexander is a good role model for single Christians to follow today. Especially in this time where sex, drugs and drinking is the norm. Sydney Alexander has chosen to enjoy her life while still being righteous in God's eyes.

    Christa Ann Banister tells a good story. It is lighthearted and easy to read. However, the way the characters deal with specific issues can be a guide for all single Christians to try and follow. The book is not preachy but has an important message to tell all those single Christians looking for their "happily ever after".

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    Fun, light read, but didn't enjoy it :(

    This is the first book in the chicklit series featuring Sydney Alexander. The book cover is great; the picture reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. Title (and subtitle)-creative, appealing. Judging by the title and book cover, I expected an enjoyable, slightly satirical read, which would poke some harmless (but pointed) fun at Christians and the whole dating scene. I thought that sort of book would be a refreshing change from the usual mushy love story.

    But preachy dialogue and moral-of-the-story narratives made the story development take a backseat. It hampered my being sucked into the fictional world of Sydney and relating to her and her friends. I was reading her romantic forays, but wasn't at all empathizing with her love quest.

    It didn't help, at least for me, that Sydney wasn't all that interesting. I've read one or two of the shopaholic books, and there's a reason readers latch on to the series. I'm not a fan, but I can understand why people are hooked on it. I think it's got a lot to do with the main character: she's got to be interesting, funny, quirky; so much so that readers will join her through the whining, the excitement, the catastrophes, till the ultimate happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2009

    Misleading title

    I kept waiting for something more exciting to happen, her life was pretty mundane

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    Pure reading pleasure!!!

    Around the World in 80 Dates: Confessions of a Serial Dater is pure reading pleasure!!! It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience to follow Syndey Alexander on her misadventures in the wonderful and often unpredicible world of dating. Sydney's experiences in the realm of romantic relationships are such that many will be able to relate to them, and laugh along with, as they read. I personally am very much looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next with Sydney Alexander and company!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    More like 4.5 stars...

    Around the World in 80 Dates was a fun read. I loved the characterization and the quirky events like Rain and Stinky Nate's wedding. Truly original. I also enjoyed traveling with Sydney and eating at so many cool places. I liked not being sure of Sydney's future and who she would end up with. I felt her elation and relief when she seemed to meet the right guy (finally.) Nothing is better than the freedom you feel when you can enjoy someone's company and be yourself at the same time. Especially when you share the same faith. That's a clear message in this story and one that singles need to read. Many of the scenarios are pretty typical of the dating scene. (I'm so glad those days are over.) For women not married yet this is sure to be a fun ride. In fact, I'd encourage everyone to read it, married or not. The only weaknesses I saw in this book was the many points of view--some of which didn't seem necessary--and the occasional head hop within a scene. Despite those issues it was still a very enjoyable story. I hope there is a future book in the works starring her sister Samantha or I'll be really bummed since I got to know her so well. I want to know what happened in her love life since there was no real resolution. Otherwise this chick lit novel was perfect! I truly enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. The fact that I finished it says a lot, since many of the books I begin I never complete, let alone post a review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    Pure reading pleasure!!!

    'Around the World in 80 Dates, Confessions of a Christian Serial Dater' is pure reading pleasure!!! It is a thoroughly enjoyable experience to follow Syndey Alexander on her dating adventures. Sydney's experiences in the realm of romantic relationships are such that many will be able to relate to them, and laugh along with, as they read. I personally am very much looking forward to the sequel to see what happens next with Sydney Alexander and company!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    I date and I like it

    I keep gushing about Christian chick lit, I know. But I can't help it! The genre is getting better and better with each new author that I read. This book is unique because it starts off as first person from Sydney's POV and then switches into third person with various different characters. So you got to get into the minds of the other people as well. This is interesting because Sydney would go on a date with Justin and you would see the date from her perspective and then the storyline would switch and you would see his view from after the date. This doesn't get confusing at all and I think it actually enhanced the storyline. I loved the job that Sydney had. I would love to be a writer for a magazine and get to travel to different places and write up about my adventures. Her job search is also interesting as well because I feel that many young women who read this book will relate to it. What appealed to me most about this book is that it approves dating. I'm actually a little tired about reading books about Christians who give up on dating. I know it's a good concept, but sometimes it makes me feel like I'm a bad person who does date (well technically I'm only dating one person but you know what I mean). So it was VERY refreshing to read about someone my age who likes dating and wants to date. The scene that stood out to me the most was the last scene that Sydney has with Liam. I was completely floored with his character. He was like the 'Toxic' relationship that a lot of girls seem to have, where they keep hanging on to a jerk for no good reason. But it is a situation that I believe many of us have been through and so I could totally relate with Sydney and share her pain. The characters in this book are real, you feel the hurt, the joy, the suffering, the ecstasy. I really loved how the ending turned out. It tied up everything AND kept you hanging. I loved the list of movies in the back of the book. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my all time favorite movies too! Also this book mentions actual real bands such as The Replacements and Death Cab for Cutie! I know it's because the author worked in the music business but I just loved it how the bands were real and not made up. Also it shows that Christians actually listen to good music. I definitely cannot wait until Christa Banister's next book comes out. This was one of my favorite reads of the year. If you love chick lit, GET THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    One More Trip Around the World, Please!

    Christa Banister takes us on an incredible adventure of lessons learned by Sydney Alexander and her entourage. Join her as she embraces what it means to LIVE and truly seek to understand what that means. You will laugh at the humor, be surprised by the twists, and find yourself wondering at the end of the book what happens next. You will empathize with the difficult road of waiting for and finding true love, and celebrate and ponder right along with the characters.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    This is an interesting tale starring a likable heroine

    Travel magazine writer Sydney Alexander believes there is someone out there for her. However, to her major disappointment most of the men she has dated have been Losers with a capital L.-------- Getting a bit desperate Sydney tries going AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DATES and to her surprise begins to meet some nice males while on her serial dating odyssey. She also has a professional opportunity if she takes a risk. However, Sydney must overcome her fear of failure with the caring hunks she has met and in her vocation if she is personally and professionally going to succeed.------------- This is an interesting tale starring a likable heroine whose exploits are fun to follow. Sydney¿s escapades feel genuine as she never loses sight of her belief that someone out there is intended for her (and visa versa) although her failed attempts depress her, but gain readers¿ empathy especially those who have waited for their personalized Prince Charming to sweep them off their feet. Although the changing perspectives between her first person confessions as a Christian serial dater to the third person view of a particular date feels somewhat chaotic, fans will enjoy her efforts to find her Mr. Right.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 19, 2010

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