Please God Let it Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest For Love and Companionship

Please God Let it Be Herpes: A Heartfelt Quest For Love and Companionship

by Carlos Kotkin
     
 

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Humorist-writer-mammal Carlos Kotkin is lucky in love-if lucky in love means he's had enough horrible, pathetic, and downright bizarre dating experiences to write a book. His trouble with females usually begins upon opening his mouth.

Here, Carlos shares his ups and mostly downs of bachelorhood, including romantic conquests with a slew of childhood crushes,

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Humorist-writer-mammal Carlos Kotkin is lucky in love-if lucky in love means he's had enough horrible, pathetic, and downright bizarre dating experiences to write a book. His trouble with females usually begins upon opening his mouth.

Here, Carlos shares his ups and mostly downs of bachelorhood, including romantic conquests with a slew of childhood crushes, insane yogis, a Playboy vixen, a STD host, the flaky, the deaf, and the just plain dumb. His unique mating style is not to be duplicated, but it will definitely make readers laugh-and want to get tested ASAP.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Comedy Central regular Kotkin shares just the right amount of detail from his lifelong pursuit of a wife to make his first book a charming read. The author admits he's survived a"blundering and arduous journey of romantic misadventures," but without the parade of sometimes likable, occasionally crazy, but always fascinating females walking in and out of his life since 5th grade, this laugh-out-loud memoir wouldn't exist. An intimate mix of cynicism, dry humor, and matter-of-fact prose makes nearly every page funny. Despite the book's title—inspired by Kotkin's brief relationship with a woman he met on the Internet—the subtitle suggests that the author refrains from celebrating his lewdest encounters. While he engages in plenty of one-night stands, deep down, Kotkin just wants to find his soul mate, marry, and live happily ever after. (A gracious forward from his own mother asserts as much, and she assures readers, "You will not get herpes by reading this book, but you might get a stomachache from all the laughing.") It's a fantasy he finds more tempting than tawdry trysts with strangers or dalliances with a drunk Nordic blonde. This is a hilarious—and unexpectedly empathetic—take on one man's search for love that will appeal to those who've found it, and folks who are still looking. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Love eludes a hapless serial dater desperate to replicate the sparks he experienced as a wide-eyed youngster. Not many young men would pack up and head for a far-flung honeymoon retreat in the Pacific thinking it might be a good place to find single women. The author attempted it twice. The first time he tagged along with his parents; the second, with another guy in tow. Kotkin plays his stunning ineptitude for laughs, but the joke wears thin as it becomes painfully obvious that there will be no epiphanies in the offing. Instead, the author delivers a string of banal accounts involving mismatched women mostly met online. None of these encounters approaches anything that might be considered wacky or zany (as the title of the book suggests). Among them: dating a deaf woman and discovering that communication was difficult; finding the vapid girl dull; being scared by the angry girl; feeling smothered by the clingy girl. Still, Kotkin persisted with blind dates, speed dates and non-dates. "The one thing I discovered about doing nothing when it came to finding love was that in return nothing happened," he writes. "Nothing begot nothing. It kind of sucked." Throughout, the author offers little in the way of self-reflection; instead, he resolved after each fruitless date to take yet another crack at it. The problem is never within, always without--even after one unsatisfied date blasted the author and his "vanilla stories." A languid love potion best taken in limited doses.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451235718
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,140,858
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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