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Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation. Maria sets out on a walk with a man she's been looking forward to meeting. In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell. Chances are, every woman in her m Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation. Maria sets out on a walk with a man she's been looking forward to meeting. In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell. Chances are, every woman in her mid-thirties and over who is seeking a loving companion has a first date tale of triumph or disaster. Each of the candid and memorable stories Jodi Klein shares here imparts a bit of wisdom—with the help of takeaway tips and inspirational quotes—to guide readers through what can be a baffling, intimidating, and sometimes lonely journey. Before a promising first date, or after an awful one, First Date Stories offers readers the reminder that being single should be celebrated, that not all first dates are created equal, and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.


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Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation. Maria sets out on a walk with a man she's been looking forward to meeting. In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell. Chances are, every woman in her m Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation. Maria sets out on a walk with a man she's been looking forward to meeting. In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell. Chances are, every woman in her mid-thirties and over who is seeking a loving companion has a first date tale of triumph or disaster. Each of the candid and memorable stories Jodi Klein shares here imparts a bit of wisdom—with the help of takeaway tips and inspirational quotes—to guide readers through what can be a baffling, intimidating, and sometimes lonely journey. Before a promising first date, or after an awful one, First Date Stories offers readers the reminder that being single should be celebrated, that not all first dates are created equal, and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.

30 review for First Date Stories: Women’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    A collection of eleven short stories with some of the best practical advice to follow mainly considering safety and not forcing ourselves to date because we date if this makes sense. It will do when you read these stories. No, no one is blaming anyone for the failure or success of any of these dates. These scenarios just give a realistic situation in each of them that we can actually look through and decide for ourselves what could go right and what might go wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed each story A collection of eleven short stories with some of the best practical advice to follow mainly considering safety and not forcing ourselves to date because we date if this makes sense. It will do when you read these stories. No, no one is blaming anyone for the failure or success of any of these dates. These scenarios just give a realistic situation in each of them that we can actually look through and decide for ourselves what could go right and what might go wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed each story. You can read this to take some practical tips and advice when it comes to dating. It's actually wholesome. My most favourite is the Traffic Trifecta. Thank you, author and the publisher, for the advance reading copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)

    Here’s a fun read for all my single ladies. (Especially those of you who are older like me). FIRST DATES STORIES - WOMEN’S ROMANTIC AND RIDICULOUS MIDLIFE ADVENTURES by Jodi Klein @1st_datestories @shewritespress publishes tomorrow 9/14/21 and boy is it a whopper. With some extremely riveting stories (some of which a lot of us will relate to from our own experiences ) Jodi has written a book for women in their mid thirties - and older - centering on the trials and tribulations of dating during mi Here’s a fun read for all my single ladies. (Especially those of you who are older like me). FIRST DATES STORIES - WOMEN’S ROMANTIC AND RIDICULOUS MIDLIFE ADVENTURES by Jodi Klein @1st_datestories @shewritespress publishes tomorrow 9/14/21 and boy is it a whopper. With some extremely riveting stories (some of which a lot of us will relate to from our own experiences ) Jodi has written a book for women in their mid thirties - and older - centering on the trials and tribulations of dating during midlife years. With tales from Jodi herself and a slew of other women, we get to read about some laughable, crazy, horrible, boring, absurd and some totally heartwarming dating debacles that each of these women have endured. Every story has its own specific lesson, that if you haven’t quite figured it out on your own - Jodi reviews at the end of the tale so that you can learn from the other ladies’ mistakes. (Now here’s a group of ladies who are definitely taking one for the team). It’s not just a fun read about other people’s mishaps, but it’s really packed with some great advice on dating - for us older ladies - that’s told in a kind, supportive and relatable way that literally turns the light on in that dusty old dating brain of ours. Jodi finishes each adventure with a section titled “The Rest of the Story” so we can find out what ever happened after the first encounter, and then goes into the takeaway tips that shed some light on the good, the bad and the ugly, and how to wrap your head around what the heck just happened. - I honestly learned a few things here. This is one of those books that is fun, interesting and a total delight to read with the added benefit of learning something - without actually feeling like you are reading something educational. You don’t even have to be in the dating game to enjoy this book, it’s just that great. This is one of those books I call the perfect bathroom read. The chapters are short, and you can walk away from each story feeling satisfied. (Ok I didn’t say it like that on purpose, I just noticed how that might read - you guys, get your minds out of the toilet). Sheesh!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    Such a easy read. Being single and in the dating game. I can relate. I loved reading all the stories and the advice given at the end of each one. Makes you realize again not everyone Is for you but you have to keep putting yourself out there. I could have happily read more stories sad that this ended as soon as I started it Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an early release of this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    First Date Stories by Jodi Klein is a collection of stories taken from the true to life accounts of various women who are on a personal journey to find love later in life. Each story is accompanied by an inspirational quote, a follow-up on what transpired after the date, and the takeaways from the social discourse, both positive and negative. Each offers a glimpse into the hopes, fears, and frustrations that we all harbour while dating in mid-life, and the information provided serves to embrace First Date Stories by Jodi Klein is a collection of stories taken from the true to life accounts of various women who are on a personal journey to find love later in life. Each story is accompanied by an inspirational quote, a follow-up on what transpired after the date, and the takeaways from the social discourse, both positive and negative. Each offers a glimpse into the hopes, fears, and frustrations that we all harbour while dating in mid-life, and the information provided serves to embrace the commonality and relevance of these encounters. This book is sure to be of benefit to anyone who is hesitant to put themselves out there in the search for human connection and love. Many thanks to NetGalley and She Writes Press for an ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jazz Nightingale

    This is a really interesting read. The stories are all really different and intriguing, and the advice at the end of each First Date Story is really great! Every single girl (or guy) needs to read this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamele (BookswithJams)

    This book was a delight to read, and I loved every single story, both good and bad. Some were wonderful, some were horrifying, but what I liked the most was how each woman reacted to her first date. I have been single for a while now, and while I have no interest in a relationship, I would be interested in going on some dates but will admit it is terrifying to start the process. These women were inspiring in that while it is a given there will be bad dates, it is not a given that you have to tol This book was a delight to read, and I loved every single story, both good and bad. Some were wonderful, some were horrifying, but what I liked the most was how each woman reacted to her first date. I have been single for a while now, and while I have no interest in a relationship, I would be interested in going on some dates but will admit it is terrifying to start the process. These women were inspiring in that while it is a given there will be bad dates, it is not a given that you have to tolerate being treated bad or take it personally and I was impressed how they handled these situations. The author provides lessons learned after each story and takeaways that I found helpful. This is a quick read at a little over 200 pages, and is one that I related to and enjoyed. Thank you to BookSparks for the advanced copy to review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    liz bailey

    This is a nice and simple book which tells a variety of first date stories, both the good and the bad! It’s aimed at women in their 30’s and 40’s and so this should of been very relatable for me but unfortunately it was just a bit too earnest and dare I say it, American! For me it came across as quite patronising and lacking in humour, which I’d say is very much needed when trying to navigate the dating world!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie Halmi

    I love this book! (and I don't expect to be on any first dates, at least for a while :)) It was engaging, funny, relatable and I learned from the "dating tips" as they are bits of wise advice for all of us, i.e. don't take it personally, make the most of a disappointment. Go buy it! I love this book! (and I don't expect to be on any first dates, at least for a while :)) It was engaging, funny, relatable and I learned from the "dating tips" as they are bits of wise advice for all of us, i.e. don't take it personally, make the most of a disappointment. Go buy it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    This book is a collection of first date stories, some good, some bad, all from the perspective of a "seasoned" women (the author's word, not mine!). Eleven women share their stories, and after each one a dating coach offers some advice based on the story. I had a hard time rating this one. I am a "seasoned" single woman who has been on my fair share of first dates, so you would think this would be right in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, it just wasn't a good fit for me. The dating advice was good This book is a collection of first date stories, some good, some bad, all from the perspective of a "seasoned" women (the author's word, not mine!). Eleven women share their stories, and after each one a dating coach offers some advice based on the story. I had a hard time rating this one. I am a "seasoned" single woman who has been on my fair share of first dates, so you would think this would be right in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, it just wasn't a good fit for me. The dating advice was good, but not new information ("trust your gut", "go on a second date if you're not sure", etc). I certainly feel for all of the women and yet... I didn't necessarily find a specific value in reading their stories. (He was a no show? He was rude to the waitress? He made you pay for your own drink? Ok, I get why you were turned off, but... ) I guess I just didn't think this was "book worthy". This one was a miss for me. My thanks to the author, publisher, and #NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. #FirstDateStories

  10. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews

    First, I want to thank Jodi Klein, She Writes Press and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. If you are anything like me and watch Hallmark Movies you know I am a sucker for learning all about how two people met and what led to their love story. Then there are first dates that oh no what did I get myself into! Jodi Klein takes a look at both ends of the spectrum in First Date Stories Woman’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures. Jodi would like to dedic First, I want to thank Jodi Klein, She Writes Press and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. If you are anything like me and watch Hallmark Movies you know I am a sucker for learning all about how two people met and what led to their love story. Then there are first dates that oh no what did I get myself into! Jodi Klein takes a look at both ends of the spectrum in First Date Stories Woman’s Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures. Jodi would like to dedicate this book to her “Mr. Yes,” Michael Darnaud, you have her heart and her unending love. She wakes up daily feeling blessed to have you by her side. She loves the life you two created together, and she feels like the luckiest woman on the planet Earth. You were absolutely worth the wait! In First Date Stories you will find a collection of women's real life dating adventures (oh boy do they go on some doozies let me tell you). Jodi has chronicled these stories so women can read them and learn from them. Oh and learn what not to do! I have had my fair share of failed first dates. I call them one date wonders-as you wonder what happened to them! So in this book I could emphasize with the females in this book big time! Some of these men and the situations had me shaking my head and thinking what were they thinking! For example there was a guy who took his date out to dinner at the local grocery store deli to sample the products on display! Um, who does that sort of thing?! As I would say NEXT!! There were some dates that didn’t go quite as planned however they seemed to make it work in the long run. One thing I loved that Jodi did in this book is she went above and beyond. She not only shared the dating stories but she gave us an update on the couple. Plus, she gave dating takeaway tips that were very educational and gave the readers a lot to think about. I appreciated this section as it was a bit of an eye opener in a way. Between each story Jodi shares an insightful quote that a public figure has written. Jodi is amazing at giving dating advice. Some of the advice was given I totally agreed with. For example, why have outdated pictures if you plan on meeting the person? They will just see you in person and know you lied! That is not cool and to me a very big turn off. We get to learn a little bit about Jodi’s back story that leads her to meet her “Mr. Yes”.

  11. 5 out of 5

    wonderfullyweird88

    There is nothing worse when it comes to love in my opinion than the first date. I've been on the dating scene myself for some time and I dread the thought of meeting someone for the first time. The older we get the more baggage we seem to collect. Even though I hate to admit it past dating experience does colour how I view the next potential love interest. There are so many ways to meet people these days, whether through dating apps, blind dates, or even the "old fashioned way" meeting someone o There is nothing worse when it comes to love in my opinion than the first date. I've been on the dating scene myself for some time and I dread the thought of meeting someone for the first time. The older we get the more baggage we seem to collect. Even though I hate to admit it past dating experience does colour how I view the next potential love interest. There are so many ways to meet people these days, whether through dating apps, blind dates, or even the "old fashioned way" meeting someone on a night out. The mind boggles just thinking of it. This book is a humourous practical guide to dating. It features stories from different women who are all mature meeting a new man. Some of the relationships turn into happily ever after, some are disasters but all are a learning experience. At the end of each story the author with the help of some specialist advisors gives feedback on where things went well, potential pitfalls and how we should be open to all opportunities. This book made me look at how I approach dating and gave me confidence in trusting my gut. I tend to give 'Mr No's' more time than I should when instead I should be moving on. This book is encouraging to all single women of a certain age who refuse to settle and are holding out for the right person. The tips are great for anyone searching for a romantic relationship regardless of age or relationship type. I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    What a great book! Fun & easy to read, but beyond that, it leaves you with great advice, positivity and things to think about and reflect. I was glad it wasn’t a book that trashed the subject or the men. The book is so well structured, the stories were so real, on several of them I realized I was reading faster and faster to see how it would end up. I was surprised how fully the author engaged me in every date. I felt I was sharing my emotions (empathy, excitement, rage, etc.) with the women, and What a great book! Fun & easy to read, but beyond that, it leaves you with great advice, positivity and things to think about and reflect. I was glad it wasn’t a book that trashed the subject or the men. The book is so well structured, the stories were so real, on several of them I realized I was reading faster and faster to see how it would end up. I was surprised how fully the author engaged me in every date. I felt I was sharing my emotions (empathy, excitement, rage, etc.) with the women, and sometimes the men too, on their dates! My favorite story? The Traffic Trifecta!!! I also loved the quotes between stories. My favorite: “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” - Charlotte Brontë

  13. 5 out of 5

    H Paige

    I really enjoyed reading these first date stories. I liked that they all varied with some relationships working out and others never quite taking off. The author does a great job of offering open minded feedback about certain scenarios and it was interesting to see her perspective as well as the woman on the date and how sometimes it differed. Overall, it was a quick, entertaining read that encouraged women to remain open to love. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes dating stories or wants advi I really enjoyed reading these first date stories. I liked that they all varied with some relationships working out and others never quite taking off. The author does a great job of offering open minded feedback about certain scenarios and it was interesting to see her perspective as well as the woman on the date and how sometimes it differed. Overall, it was a quick, entertaining read that encouraged women to remain open to love. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes dating stories or wants advice on how to find your someone. It was a good read. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher for the ARC!

  14. 4 out of 5

    MookNana

    This was such a fun read! I wound up devouring it in one afternoon because I couldn't put it down. Just reading the stories of other women's first dates would have been interesting, but the addition of analysis and armchair quarterbacking made this extra enjoyable. I liked trying to predict, while reading the stories, whether the relationship would go anywhere, or what I would have done in the narrator's shoes. I can't believe what some of these women put up with! Definitely check this out for a This was such a fun read! I wound up devouring it in one afternoon because I couldn't put it down. Just reading the stories of other women's first dates would have been interesting, but the addition of analysis and armchair quarterbacking made this extra enjoyable. I liked trying to predict, while reading the stories, whether the relationship would go anywhere, or what I would have done in the narrator's shoes. I can't believe what some of these women put up with! Definitely check this out for an amusing, fascinating read, and some solid advice about how to navigate the world of dating! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Rasmussen

    A MUST READ FOR SINGLE WOMEN! Jodi Klein's First Date Stories is a practical guide to dating. Not only does she give great advice, but the stories in the book are interesting and informative and tell women what to look for when they are dating. Even though I'm married, I enjoyed this book immensely. I read it in one day because I was so fascinated by the way Jodi wrote each scenario and relayed how the dates went. Jodi wrote in a visual way, and I felt like I got to know each "character" in the d A MUST READ FOR SINGLE WOMEN! Jodi Klein's First Date Stories is a practical guide to dating. Not only does she give great advice, but the stories in the book are interesting and informative and tell women what to look for when they are dating. Even though I'm married, I enjoyed this book immensely. I read it in one day because I was so fascinated by the way Jodi wrote each scenario and relayed how the dates went. Jodi wrote in a visual way, and I felt like I got to know each "character" in the dating situation and I could easily imagine who they were and why it did or did not work out. I'm going to recommend this book to all my single friends, I think they'd get a lot out of it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidihof

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wish this book had been available back when I was dating! First Date Stories was an entertaining and practical guide to dating when most of your friends have long since paired off. It offers support, advice, compassion and a lot of humor for those who may be suffering dating fatigue. I really enjoyed the mix of stories as well as the “Dating Takeway Tips” at the end. My favorite story was “The Day Trip,” about a skiing first date. The bad first date stories put some of my own bad dates into pers Wish this book had been available back when I was dating! First Date Stories was an entertaining and practical guide to dating when most of your friends have long since paired off. It offers support, advice, compassion and a lot of humor for those who may be suffering dating fatigue. I really enjoyed the mix of stories as well as the “Dating Takeway Tips” at the end. My favorite story was “The Day Trip,” about a skiing first date. The bad first date stories put some of my own bad dates into perspective, and positioning them as learning experiences rather than failures is so constructive. And of course who doesn’t love a happy ending!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam Valois

    Although I’m no longer dating, I found Klein’s First Date Stories fascinating. Klein is a true raconteur, having collected hundreds of persons’ stories. Each chapter is a detailed story of a first date, followed by “what happened next.” To me, that was such a brilliant structure – to get the reader engaged in the date and then to follow the couple in their next steps. And to add to the structure, she then adds “tips” garnered from the date. For me, these tips are the most helpful in thinking abo Although I’m no longer dating, I found Klein’s First Date Stories fascinating. Klein is a true raconteur, having collected hundreds of persons’ stories. Each chapter is a detailed story of a first date, followed by “what happened next.” To me, that was such a brilliant structure – to get the reader engaged in the date and then to follow the couple in their next steps. And to add to the structure, she then adds “tips” garnered from the date. For me, these tips are the most helpful in thinking about my own meetings with another person the first time. And, of course, not every date leads to next steps, but Klein’s story of her own first date is encouraging and delightful.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A fast and fun read, First Date Stories: Women's Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures, delivers on its title. The women featured encounter all manner of men in settings as varied as grocery stores, deserts, and speakeasys. They go on amazing first dates and terrible ones, and the men they meet are by turns cringeworthy and gallant. Through it all, Jodi Klein's empathetic and grounded advice guides the reader surely to journey's end. A standout chapter for this reader was "The Traffic Trife A fast and fun read, First Date Stories: Women's Romantic and Ridiculous Midlife Adventures, delivers on its title. The women featured encounter all manner of men in settings as varied as grocery stores, deserts, and speakeasys. They go on amazing first dates and terrible ones, and the men they meet are by turns cringeworthy and gallant. Through it all, Jodi Klein's empathetic and grounded advice guides the reader surely to journey's end. A standout chapter for this reader was "The Traffic Trifecta," the story of Klein's own debut date with her husband.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Even though I have been married for nearly 30 years, I was intrigued by this collection of first date stories of women in midlife. I am not dating and I don't plan to date, but I am always interested in reading about relationships. (Note: every story in the book is women dating men.) Before I read the book I thought they would all be horrible first dates, but some of them went well. The stories were entertaining, there was follow-up info for each date, and take-away tips and advice after every ch Even though I have been married for nearly 30 years, I was intrigued by this collection of first date stories of women in midlife. I am not dating and I don't plan to date, but I am always interested in reading about relationships. (Note: every story in the book is women dating men.) Before I read the book I thought they would all be horrible first dates, but some of them went well. The stories were entertaining, there was follow-up info for each date, and take-away tips and advice after every chapter. Some of the advice could be applied to everyday life situations, not just dating.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Vanke

    First Date Stories is a great read no matter where you are currently relationship-wise. We all have our own stories, and Jodi Klein brings together the hilarity and triumph of the stories, but that she also gives insightful tips and meaningful quotes. She gives an encouraging, fresh view on dating and reminds us all to enjoy the adventure, believe and keep showing up - great inspiration for any aspect of life. This book would make a great gift, whether a birthday, the holidays or “just because.” First Date Stories is a great read no matter where you are currently relationship-wise. We all have our own stories, and Jodi Klein brings together the hilarity and triumph of the stories, but that she also gives insightful tips and meaningful quotes. She gives an encouraging, fresh view on dating and reminds us all to enjoy the adventure, believe and keep showing up - great inspiration for any aspect of life. This book would make a great gift, whether a birthday, the holidays or “just because.” I would have loved to have had this book years ago!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I was captivated by each story in the book and loved how the author gave a takeaway and tips from each one. In fact, I learned a lot about relationships from the author's wisdom and came away hoping she'll write another book on healthy boundaries! This book is great for any woman in your life whether they've been dating for a while or are ready to step out into the unknown. Think of it as a guidebook from a seasoned pro. Any woman will benefit from the wisdom shared throughout the pages. Plus it I was captivated by each story in the book and loved how the author gave a takeaway and tips from each one. In fact, I learned a lot about relationships from the author's wisdom and came away hoping she'll write another book on healthy boundaries! This book is great for any woman in your life whether they've been dating for a while or are ready to step out into the unknown. Think of it as a guidebook from a seasoned pro. Any woman will benefit from the wisdom shared throughout the pages. Plus it's so engaging and well written that I could hardly put it down!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Cooper

    The date stories shared in this book are so interesting! I loved that the author gives pointers and tips for women going on first dates. And I love that the dates all originated differently. Some are online dating, some set up on blind dates, and some from meeting at a work event or somewhere else. There’s a little for everyone all packed into a great book! It’s definitely a necessity for those who are looking to start dating again or those who have been unlucky on the dating scene.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dory Ford

    As a middle aged woman back in the dating world after a long marriage, I found this book thoroughly entertaining, relatable and informative. I giggled through many of the stories only to find that I had learned some valuable lessons through each story. Most of all, it reminded me that there is a community of women just like me doing their very best to navigate the dating world. Bravo author Jodi Klein for your mission to give strength to women and help them find love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A perfect book for women dating in midlife who don’t want to go through the ups and downs alone. These first date stories will make you laugh, cringe and ultimately give you hope that the right match is out there for everyone. With inspiring quotes and thoughtful advice, First Date Stories is well worth the read whether you’re dating, thinking about dating, or simply encouraging a friend to jump back into the dating world.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julie L.

    First Date Stories is wonderfully written with its uplifting stories about real life stories of love. Jodi is able to bring you into these couple's lives with warmth and humor. She is a talented writer who will inspire you to keep reaching for the love you desire as you dive into each story. You will smile and cheer for the couples who find love while having empathy for those that do not work out after the "first date". Easy to read. First Date Stories is wonderfully written with its uplifting stories about real life stories of love. Jodi is able to bring you into these couple's lives with warmth and humor. She is a talented writer who will inspire you to keep reaching for the love you desire as you dive into each story. You will smile and cheer for the couples who find love while having empathy for those that do not work out after the "first date". Easy to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Asha

    First Date Stories is a collection of 11 short stories which explores the good and the bad of first dates from the female perspective accompanied by inspirational quotes, follow-ups after the first date, and take aways/advice to navigate dating. This was a quick and easy read! I’d recommend reading this whether you are navigating the dating scene or if you’re no longer in it to get a broader perspective. Thanks to Booksparks for the finished copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin Sokol

    Very relatable and binge-worthy for those who are single in their 20-30s navigating dating. I found it easy to read and funny! I just didn’t find anything in it “life altering” or all that memorable - it does make you feel less alone, but that’s about it. Definitely wouldn’t recommend this one to everyone, but I think there are some readers who may really enjoy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Weiner

    I loved First Date Stories. So well-written, I couldn't wait to find out if they ended up in a relationship or not. And Jodi's first date was the best. I won't spoil the ending :) If you're dating and want to laugh and learn, read this book! Sandy Weiner Communications and Relationship Coach at lastfirstdate.com podcast host Last First Date Radio I loved First Date Stories. So well-written, I couldn't wait to find out if they ended up in a relationship or not. And Jodi's first date was the best. I won't spoil the ending :) If you're dating and want to laugh and learn, read this book! Sandy Weiner Communications and Relationship Coach at lastfirstdate.com podcast host Last First Date Radio

  29. 4 out of 5

    CR

    I love hearing about people's stories, so this one was right up my ally. I loved to learn about each women's experiences and felt that they each held a merit of humor, relatable stories, and one of a kind tales. I love hearing about people's stories, so this one was right up my ally. I loved to learn about each women's experiences and felt that they each held a merit of humor, relatable stories, and one of a kind tales.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jane Dennish

    The author has been on hundreds of first dates. I thought it would be more about her. While I no longer have to go on first dates, thank goodness, the stories were cute and the tips she provides are helpful. Thanks to Booksparks for the gifted copy!

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