By: Michele Gorman
Published Year: 2015
I received this book in exchange for my honest review. This in no way shape or form influenced my opinion of this book.
Summary (Provided by Goodreads): Best friends Catherine, Rachel & Sarah are fun, smart, successful and single – just like millions of women with a low tolerance for idiocy in their dates.
Mr. Right hasn't turned up yet, and Mr Right-Now isn't worth booking a wax appointment for. So when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets Rachel and Sarah to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends in exchange for an upgrade, they soon realise that anything could happen . . .
This cover immediately caught my eye. It is that chick lit type of cover that always draws me in and makes me want to find out what the book is about. The summary also made me interested after the first glance. I thought this looked like it was going to be a nice light read which would be a good change of pace after some other books I read recently.
What I thought
This book is so cute! I wish that I could be friends with the girls in the books.
Match Me if You Can follows three women who are friends and housemates. Catherine runs a match making/online dating service and Sarah and Rachel decide that they’re going to sign up for it. The book follows all three women as they move through some changes in their lives and try to discover who they are and who they love.
I really enjoyed everything about this book. The characters were all so thoroughly developed that I felt like I became one of their friends. Each chapter alternates between the perspectives of the three women. Even though they weren’t always connected, it was easy to follow what was going on and the switching was not distracting or confusing.
The one thing that did confuse me a little bit was Catherine’s company. Rachel and Sarah sign up for an online dating site which requires your ex to sign up with you and evaluate you, but then she also runs what seems like an old school match making business, but she’s also doing makeovers? Everything seems completely separate, but somehow at the same time they see connected? Either way I was a little confused and unfortunately it is kind of an important part of the story. I did enjoy the idea of the dating sight that she created. I liked that in order to go on the site, you had to have your ex share where they thought you needed improvement. It made for an interesting plot point as well as character development. I would be very curious to see how this would work in real life.
Even though the love and match making was a bit part of the story, it wasn’t the only part and I think that’s what makes this book so enjoyable. Sarah is dealing with her 16 year old sister with Down Syndrome and Rachel is dealing with her job as an architect. Catherine is also dealing with work and he ex-husband deciding to remarry. The best thing about this book is that every time a chapter started I was like “oh yay! I love (insert character here)” I honestly didn’t have any issues with any character in this book that I wasn’t supposed to have issues with.
This book was also enjoyable because it didn’t follow a lot of the everyday chick-lit tropes. While there were a few moments that were predictable, there wasn’t any cattiness between the girls or fighting over boys. It seemed like these were real women who were real friends and who went through real problems.
By: Michele Gorman