Neurotically Yours: A Novel

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Smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison is, nonetheless, still single-and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles' most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her "tell-it-like-it-is" approach to the mating game.

Parlaying her success into a new business, Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged. Its no-holds-barred theme soon ...

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Overview

Smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison is, nonetheless, still single-and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles' most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her "tell-it-like-it-is" approach to the mating game.

Parlaying her success into a new business, Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged. Its no-holds-barred theme soon makes the company a roaring success, even catapulting Dara onto the national talk show scene-until, of course, it all backfires.

With her company under threat and a publicity stunt gone haywire, Dara is forced to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, and suddenly realizes that saving the business she cherishes, means facing her lifelong fears-and maybe even falling in love again.

Witty, poignant, and immensely engaging, this romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel features sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a story that pulls you in and never lets you go.

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Tannenbaum
“Hilarious, moving, and completely entertaining, this is a novel you can devour in one bite…With Neurotically Yours, Ms. Trachtenberg has hit another home run!”
Janice Horton
“This novel is a roller coaster ride of emotions and you are with Dara all the way, getting mad, having fun, getting confused and more than a little neurotic, shedding a tear, and then falling madly and terrifyingly in love with ‘The One.’ I absolutely loved this story and once I started reading it I found it hard to put down.”
Kaira Rouda
“What’s not to love about Neurotically Yours? Dara is the perfect flawed heroine—quirky, relentless and ultimately, completely loveable.”
Jessica Strassner
“Back with a second novel that’s both giggle-out-loud funny and at times touching, Trachtenberg gives readers a sneak peek into the Los Angeles dating scene. Featuring a great main character, snappy dialogue, and an engrossing storyline Neurotically Yours is hard to put down!”
Nicky Wells
“Neurotically Yours had me hooked instantly, offering laugh-out-loud moments, brilliant lines and a realistic portrait of all kinds of human emotion. I particularly adored the vibrant and colorful characters—including a Reiki-dispensing feline! Brilliant reading and great entertainment skillfully delivered.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984998500
  • Publisher: Bonnie Trachtenberg
  • Publication date: 4/28/2012
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Trachtenberg is the award-winning, bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel. She writes a monthly relationship and advice column for LoveaHappyEnding.com. Bonnie was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children's book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. She lives on Long Island with her husband, four cats and a dog. Neurotically Yours is her second novel.
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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    A funny, fabulous book!

    What a great story! A longtime single woman with relationship issues starts a dating service for the "perennially single" and "romantically challenged" and is then forced to join their ranks. This is such a charming, witty, and surprisingly touching book about overcoming the fear of love. The characters are indelible and so three dimensional they seem real. But the dialogue is my favorite thing about the book. Witty, sharp, banter that made me laugh throughout. This book was just was I needed to read right now. A real "feel good" story that completely entertains. So many fun surprises I won't give away. I can't imagine anyone not loving Neurotically Yours!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Loved it!

    Dara Harrison is an advice columnist. In fact, her “tell-it-like-it-is” approach has made her the most popular advice columnist in Los Angeles. On this reputation, she starts a new business, a dating service specifically for those unfortunate souls who have no luck with romantic endeavors. Every new business has it bumps in the road, and Dara’s is no different. Not long after launching the business, she finds herself battling a law-suit and dealing with a publicity stunt that backfired on her. She’s forced back into the dating world to prove her methods really do work. You see, Dara, the foremost authority on relationships in Los Angeles, is single. In fact, she’s more like the romantically challenged individuals who use her dating service than she’d like to admit. "Neurotically Yours" is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It’s entertaining, emotional, and realistic. This book is hard to put down. It’s bursting with laugh-out-loud moments and filled with colorful characters, from Dara who is quirky and witty, to Reggie who is the perfect down-to-earth counterpart to Dara’s quirkiness, to Jesse who is Dara’s number one fan and very eccentric neighbor, and several very interesting members of Dara’s dating service. Bonnie Trachtenberg has a gift for bringing her characters to life and making that emotional connection with the reader. She has so skillfully crafted this story that it seems more like you’re watching a movie than reading a book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Good characters you care about

    Like the range of emotion for the characters, even the cat

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

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    Losing a job never worked out so well. Dana Harrison lost her j

    Losing a job never worked out so well. Dana Harrison lost her job as a columnist for the love lorn and decided she would use her advising talents to open a unique dating service along with her friend Reggie.

    She and Reggie were having such fun, and you will have fun as well. This book was light, hilarious, and will definitely brighten up your day.

    The characters are loveable, funny, talented, and perky....the kind of friends we would all love to have and the kind of person we would love to be. You will love Dara and will relate to her predicaments. Mallory the cat is loveable as well.

    This is the second of Bonnie Trachtenberg's books that I have read. She is a wonderful author with great storylines.

    If you need a lift, pick up this book, and you will laugh along with the characters and share in their fun and success. Somewhat predictable, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and after reading it, you may fall in love all over again. :) ENJOY!!! 4/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Really liked the characters and enjoyed the book. Was fairly pr

    Really liked the characters and enjoyed the book. Was fairly predictable, as are most romances, but still though it very good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Lol read me

    Ummmmmmm...... i havent read this yet but i have a questionis this a good book?

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    fun read

    Enjoy reading funny dialogue before retiring to bed. Try it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved the story line. Loved the characres.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite "Neuroticall

    Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite

    "Neurotically Yours" by Bonnie Trachtenberg reveals a relationship advice columnist who cannot seem to succeed in romance, even when using her own advice. Dara bases her own love life on experiences with a lost love and one that she rejected after years of on again off again disappointments. When she is released of her duties as a well-known advice columnist, Dara must find a new profession in order to regain her professional confidence as well as support her life style. With the help of her nontraditional friend Reggie and the support of Jesse, her flamboyant cross-dressing neighbor, Dara creates her own dating service MateSearch. While the business is fresh and full of original dating venues, it is also an easy mark for singles looking for an unethical method of gaining public notoriety. In the midst of a wayward lawsuit, Dara is entangled with the client from hell. Her attempts to avoid negative public opinion backfire when local Hollywood talk show diva Ophelia challenges Dara to play by her own rules and make the perfect match for herself. Dara convinces her last boyfriend to pose as the man in her life, until she is forced to devote more time with the man attempting to ruin her now thriving business becomes an everyday fixture; so much so that even her loyal feline friend becomes infatuated with his company.

    Trachtenberg weaves a fun and compelling story that, although somewhat formulaic, provides a rare innocence for its genre. There are plenty of twists and an interesting plot that keeps the pages turning. The dialogue moved smoothly between the well developed characters. I really enjoyed Neurotically Yours. It put a smile on my face and renewed my dwindling faith in romantic chick lit.

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