Book Review: Love at First Like

We’re all living life in the digital age—and many of us are loving in it, too. 

As I’ve mentioned several times before, I’m no stranger (pun intended) to online dating. 

Neither is Eliza, the twenty-something protagonist of Hannah Orenstein’s novel, Love at First Like. Busy running a flourishing jewelry business in fast-paced New York City, Eliza hasn’t met Mr. Right yet.

Before she knows it, she’s faking an engagement and watching the likes roll in.

I know all too well the pressure that comes from scrolling through Instagram every day only to be greeted by yet another engagement announcement. In a world of filters and favorites, it’s hard not to get caught up in the superficial—especially when it comes to dating.

Orenstein’s novel mentions a bunch of places right in my neighborhood, from one of my favorite bars to the subway station I commute through at least twice a day. It even mentions the company I work for! The similarities don’t end there, though. Even my mom, who I lent this book to after I read it, noted a lot of parallels to my dating life in NYC.

Despite the overall plot being quite far-fetched (or maybe because of it!) this book had me hooked from the get-go.

So sit down with a glass of rosé and let it distract you from your own Insta-drama.

Colorfully Yours,

Haley

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