The Hypothetical Girl by Elizabeth Cohen

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The Hypothetical Girl

Elizabeth Cohen

Rating: 4 stars

Thank you, Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories
 
An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site. An online forum for cancer support turns into a love triangle for an English professor, a Canadian fisherman, and an elementary school teacher living in Japan. A deer and a polar bear flirt via Skype. InThe Hypothetical Girl a menagerie of characters graze and jockey, play and hook up in the online dating world with mixed and sometimes dark results. Flirting and communicating in chat rooms, through texts, e-mails, and IMs, they grope their way through a virtual maze of potential mates, falling in and out of what they think and hope may be true love.

With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird. The Hypothetical Girl captures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection

Review:

If you are a member of an internet dating website, there’s a 95% chance that you have lied about who you are. If not that, then the people you interact with are most certainly not entirely what they make themselves out to be.

That is exactly what this book of shorts is about. Love and lies in cyberspace.

Insanely funny and absolutely un-put-downable, I read this in one go. On the weird side, it had me guessing about who everyone of my friends/acquaintances was really like. How much was fact and how much was fiction?

The first couple of stories dealt with situations in which people lie about who they are when trying to find love. Other stories dealt with the expectations that you have from people whom you meet through the internet.

This book made me glad I would never have to use an online dating service. A trusting person like me would be terribly fooled.

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