Match Made in Manhattan: A Novel

Match Made in Manhattan: A Novel

by Amanda Stauffer

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ISBN-13: 9781510728103
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 37,554
File size: 768 KB

About the Author

Amanda Stauffer is a thirty-something graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City's dating scene in her twenties, Amanda headed to www.match.com. Even though no successful relationships came out of it, her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material should she ever decide to pursue a career in comedy. Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and--well, you can just read her protagonist's Match profile in this book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book.
Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in New York City, where she is busy writing her second book.

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Match Made in Manhattan: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book? I did enjoy this book. It was a quick read that kept me interested. Match Made in Manhattan follows Alison for a year after she breaks up with her long-term boyfriend. She joins Match.com and jumps into the dating pool. The book takes the readers on her dates, to her job, and out with her friends. Some of the guys she dated seemed like a lot of fun. While some of her dates didn’t go anywhere, I liked that she remained friends with a few of the guys. I also liked that Alison didn’t jump into bed with every guy she dated. She had her boundaries, and she wasn’t afraid to let the guys know. She was very strong about it. The book includes a number of emails and text messages. This was a fun way to see how she met her potential dates and communicated with them. She had some great text conversations with Greg, which made me chuckle. But the formatting of the text messages made it very hard to read them. I don’t know if it was my copy of the book or what, but most of the words ran together. I didn’t mind that the words were in all capitals, but the lack of spaces between the words made it difficult to read the messages. It took a bit of effort, which took away from the experience. Also, sometimes I felt that the story jumped a bit too much. I was very interested in her job. She is an architectural conservator. This job is fascinating. She had issues with her boss at work, issues where her supervisor was taking credit for her ideas and Alison was getting reprimanded for not thinking outside the box. I really wanted to follow this story line. There was a point where she saved another boss from a different office. Why didn’t this guy stand up for her? Why didn’t she work out of his office? I know this is a book about her dating life, but I really wanted to know more about her work life. Overall, this is a fun read that will give you a few laughs. Would I recommend it? If you are looking for an easy, chick lit read, sure! Check this one out. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
mindofabookdragon More than 1 year ago
I remember when I was first contacted to read this book I was intrigued by the premise. I seem to be able to relate to the characters a lot more because I am seeing and experience the same frustration that Allison finds herself feeling. The dating snafus that Allison goes through are SO GREAT. I loved how she navigated each situation differently and took it all in stride, even if it wasn’t easy. Her patience as a character is truly boundless, and you can tell how she handles herself in the wild situations she gets herself in with these dates. Reading books like this one reminds me that I have high expectations for my own romantic life because of reading. It seems that while everything everything is going to hell for Allison, she still is able to find love and get out of her own head to experience falling in love. She gets to go on wild adventures even when things aren’t clicking for her. I love her spirit. One of my favorite parts of the book was Allison’s job!! I learned so much about art and the architecture that I felt that I was there with her restoring buildings. It was lovely to see the world through her eyes.
Elennas More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Amanda Stauffer's debut novel. A book about a young woman, newly-single, looking for love (or at least some interesting new experiences), the story may start with a fairly common premise, but rapidly becomes specific, fascinating, hilarious, and heart-tugging. Alison is no average ingenue. Happy in previous relationships with the casual comfort of trotting over to a boyfriend's apartment in paint-splattered jeans and corporate polos, she is suddenly confronted with the necessity of dating strangers. Precisely observed, the novel had me flashing back to awkward first dates in my past, though the specifics of her dates are inimitable- some cringeworthy and some AMAZING (these are almost never just dinner or coffee dates and the men are as unique in their charms and neuroses as are the actual men of Manhattan). I laughed out loud enough times the first read that my husband banished me to the kitchen to finish so he could sleep and I have already re-read my copy to savor some of the details (things like how she and her friends cope with their own heartbreak which are again unique and specific, but also so recognizable). There was a lot to admire in this book, from the descriptions of low-on-the-totem-pole corporate life to the obvious love the character (and seemingly the author) have for New York in all its incarnations, but I think I most loved the ending. Read enough women's fiction and it sometimes feels like you should be able to write it yourself (and then the character has to.... and then she will... and then...). But aside from the obvious skill Stauffer has in creating images and evoking specific moments, she also has the integrity NOT to follow the traditional arc of these types of novels. I don't want to spoil any part of this book for lucky future readers, but suffice to say I was pleased by the way the book manages to induce laughter, rage, and pangs of empathy without relying on tired shorthand for what makes a good date, a good friend, a good life, and a storybook ending.
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a light, easy read, though the beginning was a bit of a challenge. The paragraphs jumped around a bit and left me wondering, “Wait, what just happened?” But once I got through the first chapter, it became easier to read and follow what was going on. Alison’s online dating adventures were amusing, and frankly, I’m grateful that I never had to go through that. I don’t think I could put myself out there like she did. There were times when the story and dialogue felt repetitive, but then I had to remind myself that this whole book is about Alison repeatedly going on first dates and meeting new guys so some repetition is understandable. It just became difficult for me after a while to distinguish one guy from another. But that’s probably what the online dating world feels like sometimes – meeting the same person over and over until you find that one who stands out, the one you remember because he is really unique. I enjoyed the strong female friendships in this book. It’s always a plus when I can read about women being supportive of one another. I also enjoyed the ending. I won’t give away any spoilers. I’ll just say it took me by surprise, and I love it when a book can do that. Overall, I think this book would be a great beach read or ideal for a long car or plane ride. When you find yourself wanting to escape into a light, amusing read, pick up Match Made in Manhattan. Read full review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Match Made in Manhattan” by Amanda Stauffer Kudos to Amanda Stauffer , Author of “Match in Manhattan” for such an entertaining, witty and unique story. The blurb for the story states” The Awkward, Romantic, and Cringeworthy Struggles of Trying to Find The One in the Digital Dating Age.” The genre for this book is Fiction and Women’s Fiction. The story takes place in Manhattan. What do you do when your boyfriend of several years is sort of hesitating, stalling, and indecisive of the next step in the relationship, of you moving in with him.? Your girlfriends are getting engaged, and in many cases you are the “Queen” of being the maid of honor. Well, our heroine Alison decides that it is time to move on in a new direction. Alison has had two long-term relationships and really is not sure what to expect in the dating scene. Alison luckily has the emotional support of her girlfriends, and her family, and signs up for “Match.com” an internet computer dating site. The author describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated and confused. The author uses a subtle sense of humor in her writing. I love the way Alison is close with her friends, and that her parents and brother have her back. This reminds me sort of “Sex in the City”, with mostly Alison coming to grips with “Match.com” In this book, the author provides chapters of the various men that Alison meets. Alison is a hardworking single girl, and has certain rules for dating. Throughout the different stories, the author gives a feel that we have a front row seat to Alison’s dating life. Alison gets to meet a variety of men, with different personalities. Sometimes these meetings seem awkward, witty, challenging, and the exchanges through Match.com, texting and e-mail are intriguing. Often the outcomes are confusing. and the expectations are not what she expects. I do love the growth and perspective of life that Alison seems to have. I enjoyed the author’s perspective of the new world of online dating. I would highly recommend this delightful and heartwarming story to readers of Women’s Fiction. I received An Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.