Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City

Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City

by Lauren Urasek, Laura Barcella


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With more than 15,000 4- and 5-star ratings, an average of 35 messages per day, and hundreds of thousands of profile views from interested suitors, Lauren Urasek was dubbed the most sought-after woman in the city by New York magazine. She then started a popular Tumblr detailing her experiences with Prince Charmings (and Not-So-Charmings), and now tells all in a series of frank, funny essays about the ups and downs of dating in the city that never sleeps. She's run the gamut of the nominally "single and ready to mingle" males of New York City, from dudes who went in for a kiss within the first ten minutes to one who conducted an impromptu “girlfriend job interview.” And in between the horror stories and dating disasters, Lauren shares some real talk about what works—and what doesn't. Urasek’s take on love and romance in the age of the right swipe will make anyone who’s ever tried Internet dating laugh, cringe, or both.
Lauren's 22 essays are punctuated by cheeky yet informative sidebars on:
- Red flags you should NEVER ignore
- Quirky/weird/offbeat ways to find out whether a guy's not right for you
- The 15 WORST usernames
- A comparison between different online dating services (OKCupid, Tinder, Match, etc.)
- And much more!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454917229
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,164,933
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lauren Urasek is a science enthusiast turned make-up artist in her mid-twenties. After being inundated with online dating messages, she began to document them in her popular Tumblr, theyreallysaidthis.com. When she's not making fun of ridiculous online dating messages, she's painting the faces of celebrities and most likely becoming best friends with your dog. According to her OKCupid profile, she'd rather give a gift than receive one, and she's more than content in a remote or unfamiliar place. She likes red pandas, Sour Patch Kids, whiskey, and the cosmos. Lauren lives in Brooklyn.

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Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ZombieChick More than 1 year ago
I received this as a preview copy from the publisher. If I could give half ratings on Barnes & Noble, I would set this as a solid 3.5 star review. With a tagline that reads, "The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City," I honestly expected a book full of essays that promised just that. Those stories from Lauren and from other contributors accounted for about half of the book. The rest of the book was filled with the do's and don'ts of online dating and brief reflections on the author's life over the last few years in NYC. I applaud the author for her honesty and candidness of her experiences and opinions. I found myself pulled in from the very beginning in which she describes the long-term relationship that she got out of that led her to online dating. I had a very similar experience and and found her easy to relate to. On the flip side, I found myself pulling away from her the further that I got into the book. It could be as simple as geographical differences (I do not live anywhere near a city the size of NYC or LA) or age, or experiences, but I found her advice a little naive and contradicting. She talks about the importance of looks then says it's superficial, and then decides right away on a person based on their looks. I understand the proverbial spark that everyone looks for, but sometimes it can take a few meetings to light. Overall, I would say that this was an enjoyable peek into someone's online dating experiences. I would definitely recommend this book to others - although, I think it is aimed more at the 18-25 year old market for sure. It was a fun read on a rainy afternoon.