Kirkus Reviews Recommends My Book

Kirkus Reviews recommends my book

Great News! My book, “The Cha Cha Club Dating Man-ifesto” has obtained a (mostly) awesome endorsement from Kirkus Reviews, known for being the toughest and most unbiased book critic in the world. Their reviews can launch or sink a book’s sales and are used by booksellers, librarians, journalists and publishers.

Here is the full review:

Winters’ debut dating and relationship guide teaches women that it’s important to love yourself before you can find love with someone else.

The author wrote this book after ending a two-year relationship. She admits that her qualifications as a dating expert are limited to “a desire to learn from the past” and having spent “hundreds—no thousands—on CDs, books and videos in an effort to improve [her] relationships and become smarter about men.” However, readers who pick up Winters’ guide may feel they’re getting a bargain. While her advice may not be revolutionary, it provides a kind, practical kick in the pants for any woman unlucky in love and feeling down on herself. At just 99 pages, Winters’ “man-ifesto” can be read in one sitting and gives the comforting impression of having an extended conversation with a trusted friend. Her tone is funny and self-deprecating, a key element for a book that aims to build women’s self-confidence, and she never comes across as scolding or condescending. The book’s general message—that women should find a partner who can appreciate, rather than complete, them—feels refreshing and modern. Winters suggests that readers learn how to “date themselves” by going on weekly dates alone to the movies or a favorite restaurant before searching for a partner. She encourages readers to explore online dating and offers several tips for anyone venturing into this world for the first time, including why it’s best to avoid chat requests and why it’s a waste of time to exchange too many emails before meeting someone in person. In the weakest sections of the book, the author attempts to bring in the male perspective by quoting men she knows, but their comments aren’t particularly useful or insightful; readers may feel they can trust Winters’ warmth and humor, but they’re less likely to listen to someone identified only as “Joe, 30s, married.”

Women looking for help finding and maintaining a healthy relationship should strongly consider becoming members of the Cha Cha Club.

A good review from Kirkus means a lot, and I can only hope it will encourage new readers to take a chance and buy my book.

(It is also flattering to see my book title next to other suggested titles like “Sex and the City”, and “Eat, Pray, Love”.)

If you would like to read the original Kirkus review, click here.

Next: Have more fun dating: date yourself first.


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Author Adele Frizzell/Sophie Winters

Sophie Winters is the author of two books on dating and relationships. Sophie’s real name is Adele Frizzell. She enjoys travel, hiking, and lifting heavy weights. She is a competitive bench presser, certified yoga teacher, and mountain addict. She loves inspiring people to get more out of life.

Her first book, The Cha Cha Club Dating Man-ifesto is written for all the single ladies, while her second relationship advice book, It’s Not You, It’s Us: A Guide for Living Together Without Growing Apart is for couples who want more joy, intimacy and respect in their relationship. She is working on her third book.

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