As a Greek woman, the most important thing you can do in life is get married and have children. The main character comes across as whiny, unlikable and self-absorbed. What I most appreciated was its structure — you can start at the end if you like, or the beginning. We've all been there with one inside you and the ex's lurking in your mind while really your just trying to enjoy being alone. Smyles' portrayal of Iris in all her weirdness offers much to recognize, fear, and embrace. Patricia Marx There are two kinds of people in this world, those without peanut allergies and those who cannot tolerate peanuts or any food produced or packaged in a facility that processes peanuts.
I loved the main character - Iris. Andrea Martin I didn t read this book and I didn t have to. Maybe stay in every night until you finish your novel? This book, in many ways, is about a woman's struggles in dating. I would pick up anything by this author again. Advertising in America is when we are sold our own dreams and desires. When is Goodreads gonna get it together and let us do half-stars? This is nothing more than a rambling, over-long meditation on her inability to settle down with a decent guy and lead a purposeful life.
You are probably asking yourself what I am talking about? It felt like each story, each scenario, each conversation was designed to show off the sheer wonder and delight of our one-of-a-kind, glowingly eccentric, truly quirky, always whimsical, outrageously clever narrator. Never giving up intelligence for readability, or wit for cheap laughs, this is a slim volume I had to struggle to put down. As another reviewer mentioned, the stories are quirky, at times they felt painfully so; someone working really hard to be unconventional. As her age increases, so does the pressure around her. Stalled on the precipice of adulthood, Iris doesn't know where her life post-college will lead and, to be honest, it's not a primary concern. Quirky is the main word that comes to mind when thinking about this book.
Blond hair with a pretty smile. He or she, it turns out, is just as miserable as you. She meets many men, some painful, some joyful, but all worth telling and reading. Illustration: Superman by Eric Fischl, Sag Harbor, oil on glassine, 1978. Reading Smyles it almost seems impossible that someone could pack this much goodness into one book.
I enjoyed most of the stories very much and had some actual laugh out loud moments. Constructed as an expression of polar opposites, Dating Tips for the Unemployed is an attempt to explore the world that is Iris Smyles and perhaps, in its finely chiseled structure, even an attempt to understand it. The book seems as if it is supposed to be written as a diary, but it just comes off as disjointed stories about her love life. Frederic Tuten In twenty-four absurd, lyrical, and louche episodes, Iris Smyles weavesamodern odyssey of trying to find one s home in the world amid the pitfalls andinsidious traps of adult life. Dating Tips is written almost wildly and I love it! She was a mess as she was stumbling her way through relationships, family meetings, and just life in general. They have success and luck but no real wisdom.
I share a one-bedroom with five strangers I found on Craigslist and resent my friends whose parents pay their rent. . I really struggled to read this book and I am disappointed that I spent money on something that I will not reread or even let a friend borrow. Recognizing to which category the object of your affection belongs is the first step toward a healthy romantic life. But I wish there were more dogs in it. John is smiling beside a sock puppet in suit and tie.
Wait, I just did the math, I was 19 many pages later. While the premise is simple: the dating adventures of a young woman, the execution is something else. When she does sit down to write, what emerges are meditations on small talk, family, arctic exploration, cannibalism, quantum physics, literary immortality, etiquette guides, memory, dreams, loneliness, growing up, and growing old. Hilarious and sad all at the same time. That being said, there were several moments that left me laughing out loud -- the realization that women, too, can be chubby chasers! You have the title and the last line already. The best books by the smartest, sharpest, and wryest writers are about people who are not nice.
The awkward elements of dating are also w I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. Like you might just stay in after all? Once you have disabused yourself of any notion of dating a non-miserable, the next step is learning to navigate among your miserable peers. I'll be seeking out her first book soon. At first you are angry, but then anger gives way to relief. Dating Tips for the Unemployed by Iris Smyles Powered by failures real and imagined, copious amounts of pot and booze, the seemingly ever-present threat of masturbation, and topics way more outré than these, Dating Tips for the Unemployed is a charming yes, charming! You call your parents to ask for more money.