ABOUT THE BOOK
These days, finding love online is as commonplace as ordering that coveted sweater. But back in 2003, the whole concept of internet dating was still quite new, with a stigma attached to it that meant those who were willing to test the waters faced a fair amount of skepticism from friends and family.
Such is the case for Chloe Thompson, a restless 20-something tired of the typical dating scene and curious about what she might find inside her parents’ computer. With two serious but failed relationships behind her, Chloe isn’t even entirely sure what she’s looking for. She just knows that whatever it is, she wants to find it.
Chloe’s foray into online dating involves a head-first dive into a world of matches, icebreakers, and the occasional offer of dick pics, all while Chloe strives to shake herself of the ex who just refuses to disappear. Will she simultaneously find herself and “the one” online, or will the ever-growing pile of humorous and downright disastrous dates only prove her friends and family right? There’s only one way to find out…
Click. Date. Repeat.
I cozied up with a bit of nostalgia this weekend. Set in 2003, Click. Date. Repeat. explores online dating in its infancy. It brought me back to my newly divorced phase with Yahoo Personals, smokey bars and restaurants, clunky cell phones with no cameras, and spotty internet access. Not to mention bad dates and more bad dates.
Chloe Thompson’s journey into online dating is fraught with obsession, dick pics, fragile male egos, racism, and judgment. She is an intelligent school teacher getting her master’s degree who is looking for love, but she’s a saboteur of relationships with her doubts and insecurities. Not only is she confused about why she can’t commit, but why can’t family and friends just let her navigate her own life and make her own mistakes?
I enjoyed riding along on Chloe’s journey to self-discovery. It reminded me of my single days after my 15-year marriage ended. There were a lot of naysayers and skeptics about online dating in the early 2000s and Chloe definitely had her share. Chloe is trying not to repeat the past by falling fast and getting bored so she’s trying to keep everything casual. Ultimately, she discovers that people like to portray themselves as someone they are not and they keep repeating the same old behavior over and over again. So, Chloe finally drops her expectations and doubts and accepts the fact that her friends and family only want her to be happy leaving room for that special someone in her life.
The book is filled with engaging characters, all trying to find their happiness. It’s surprisingly funny, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the scenes. The characters are imperfect, which makes them all the more compelling. Chloe’s journey is relatable, and I found myself rooting for her to find love and happiness. I highly recommend the book to anyone looking for a fun and engaging read.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K. J. Farnham was born and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin, home of the Wisconsin State Fair and the Pettit National Ice Center. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and went on to earn a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Carroll University in Waukesha. Farnham then had the privilege of helping hundreds of children learn to read and write over the course of 12 years.
In 2011, K. J. Farnham’s family relocated from Milwaukee to western Wisconsin. While she was sad to leave teaching, she was ready for a change and excited to explore her love for writing. In 2014, Farnham published her debut novel Click Date Repeat and has since published Click Date Repeat Again, A Case of Serendipity, and two young adult novels, Don’t Call Me Kit Kat and SPIN. She is currently working on a women’s fiction novel titled By the Time We’re Forty and another young adult novel titled SNAP.
When she is not reading or writing, Farnham enjoys travel (especially road trips), beach outings, strength training, biking, hiking, and drinking copious amounts of coffee or tea.