After having been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, Matteson Perry decides to take a year off from being in a serious relationship. Instead, he wants to enjoy casual dating, have fun and have sex without hurting anybody's feelings. Matteson has been a really nice guy all his life, always a bit shy with females but also very inexperienced at not being in a serious relationship. Over the course of the year, he learns a lot about himself, about dating, about friendships and relationships and about communication. Available is a funny and lighthearted memoir written from a male perspective, which was pretty interesting.
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Jacobs "Matteson Perry has written the antidote to the bro-hook up book. Available is a thoughtful, interesting, and most of all, funny memoir about relationships, filled with universal feelings but unique stories.
It's making me think I should maybe lose my virginity someday! So, unless you are a priest, a nun, or Newt Gingrich, you will love reading Available. Successfully straddling the line between satire and seriousness, Perry offers a few more narrative twists on the way to a well-earned happy ending.
He gets better, bolder-and finally learns that Nice and Funny does get the girl. Matteson Perry is a screenwriter, performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship, and the host of the monthly Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles. A Colorado native, Matteson lives in Los Angeles with his wife. Don't have a Kindle? Free sleep tracks. A good night's sleep is essential for keeping our minds and bodies strong.
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I wasn't fully prepared for the new landscape but this book helped me understand what it's all about. I thought the stories were refreshing and interesting and I applauded that Perry was going to stick to his plan. It's tough to have rules these days and expectations run high.
It's an easy read and something fun. One person found this helpful. He's an excellent instructor. I bought his book to get more examples of the principles he emphasizes in the class. It's a laugh-out-loud set of essays, but heartfelt as he charts his path from hook-ups and the insecurity that comes from evolving what one thinks an intimate relationship be to a deeper, more mature understanding about what real love should feel like.
Lighthearted and funny! Will be recommending! Bravo to Matteson Perry for writing an engaging, fun, and hilarious book that is also structured beautifully, showing his growth and progression as he learns to be comfortable single rather than clinging to relationships that are wrong.
The book was just fun, from the lists he makes that all seem rational at one time or another, and for the peek into the single male mind, since most females have been on the receiving end of some of this behavior and, perhaps, mystified by it. Highly recommend. Bought this book because I wanted to hear from a guy's perspective.
I really enjoyed it! Very easy to read, smart, funny and refreshingly honest. I was entertained throughout and must admit I learned a few things let's just say I've started my own list. I could definitely see a great rom-com version of this being made.
I think Matteson Perry is someone to look out for! I feel duped by all of the positive reviews. This book isn't funny or clever, it isn't even all that interesting. The writing is full of colloquialisms, as if it were all dictated into the author's iPhone. I suggest reading any two pages before making the purchase. Loved Matteson's journey. Loved it. To ask other readers questions about Availableplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 16, Esil rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley. Well past my 30s and married for close to 30 years, I am so much not the target audience for Available. I'm not sure who is. But it was an interesting peek into the dating world of 30somethings. Matteson Perry recounts a year of his life following a bad break up in which he set out to date without commitment, all while determined to be a "nice guy" and honest about his intentions.
In the end, he finds "the one" this is not a spoiler because he starts the book by thanking his wife for being supportive - "saintly" is the word I might use - of this book in which he recounts his numerous dating and sexual adventures before meeting her. At times, it was laugh out loud funny. More than once, Perry's nice guy shtick stretched credibility. Occasionally, it felt like a bit too much information. But, overall, it was a light fun read. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.
View all 20 comments. Matteson Perry is what you'd refer to as a nice guy. Always trying to treat a lady right and had always been in committed relationships being a serial monogamist. But when the girl he thought would be his one and only dumps him he decides it's time to change things up and try casual dating. His Plan: 1. Hurt no ones feelings.
Available dating memoir
Available is a memoir written of Matteson Perry's experience with dating and relationships. It's often incredibly funny Matteson Perry is what you'd refer to as a nice guy.
It's often incredibly funny which I enjoyed. A look into a male's experience with the single life when he's not a player or very good at the whole dating thing it was somewhat of an interesting read.
I do think the one thing that brought my rating down a bit was it seemed to get a bit repetitive after a while reading about this date or that experience. And I also would have probably been better off skipping the whole chapter with the drug experimenting. Overall though this was a fun read, Matteson can be a funny guy just from the first page where it mentions he's changed the names, not to protect those in the book but because he came up with better names.
I didn't necessarily agree with everything and find it hard to rate a memoir feeling I'm judging someone's life but decided on three stars in the end for overall enjoyment of the read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. May 13, Theresa Alan rated it really liked it. Everyone who has ever done the online dating thing has stories to tell.
In Available, award-winning storyteller Matteson Perry "illuminates dating" (Bustle) bringing us into the inner sanctum of failed pick-up lines, uncomfortable courtships, awkward texts, and self-discovery, charting the highs and lows of single life and the lessons he learned along the way/5(67). ?From a breakout storytelling star at The Moth, a real-life romantic comedy about a guy and a girl-and twenty-nine other girls: a memoir about an unexpected break-up, one self-imposed year of being single, and how a "nice guy" survived dating in the twenty-first century. Matteson Perry is Author: Matteson Perry. Available is a memoir written of Matteson Perry's experience with dating and relationships. It's often incredibly funny Matteson Perry is what you'd refer to as a nice guy. Always trying to treat a lady right and had always been in committed relationships being a serial monogamist/5.
The ones that are worth recounting are inevitably horrible dates with crazy people, although the truth is that most online dates are just like job interviews except you focus on personal stuff and you might occasionally be asked about favorite sex positions, which is atypical of the job interviews Ive been on. In Available, Matteson Perry takes a year off from serial monogamy, hoping to date and have sex with as many women Everyone who has ever done the online dating thing has stories to tell.
No, what makes them magical is they end after the incredible thing happens. One particularly funny scene is when he ignores several red flags with a woman and takes her home.
His ensuing attempts at doing online research on rapid hickey removal is hilarious. This is a light, fun book. I recommend it both to people who are getting back into dating after a long relationship and to people who are in a long-term relationship so you can remember that dating stinks, and you should try to work things out if possible.
Over the course of the year, he learns a lot about himself, about dating, about friendships and relationships and about communication. Available is a funny and lighthearted memoir written from a male perspective, which was pretty interesting.4/5(1). May 24, Available is a thoughtful, interesting, and most of all, funny memoir about relationships, filled with universal feelings but unique stories."-Justin Halpern, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Sh*t My Day Says and I Suck at Girls "This book makes dating and having sex sound so real and emotional and fun and simplybeyondexpectations.com: Matteson Perry.
Feb 08, Artemiz rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley Matteson Perry's book Available is an wonderful book! Why did I like the book? Be course it was entertaining and same time helping. It's not easy to be single and it's interesting to read about other people experience. Matteson has always been a bits shy when it comes to woman. He didn't have girlfriend in high school, his first girlfriend he met in college orientation week and they stayed together through college.
After school they went their different ways and shortly Matteson found a new girl. He had seven girlfriends before the last one with whom he had been together for years, moved to LA together, got a dog together left him. He was always a nice guy, had always hard time to end relationships that didn't really work, but he was to afraid to be alone, so he did his best to fix unfixable relationships and suffered.
After his last girlfriend left he was a mess. But one of his friends had just been in Burning Man and he told to Matteson about his unbelievable sexcapades in Burning Man and Matteson decides he will go there next year, but that meant, he had to be single to have his own sexcapades in Burning Man.
So the Plan was born - Stay single for a year, but date a lot, get to know himself and what he wants and after Burning Man, find the one girl to settle down with. For someone who had not really dated, it was difficult to start to figure out from where and how to get a date, should he let his friends to set him up, should he go online? Well turning this year he tried all - friend's friends, online, fans from club, girls from night club, some where quick, others took time, some understood his need to stay single, others heard wedding bells after first kiss, some where fun, others where scary.
After Burning man, where he had awesome experience but no sexcapades, he decides to settle down, and he even finds a girl who was almost what he wanted, but in the end the girl still left him after some months. At the time the girl he actually wanted was off limits, since she was his friends ex-girlfriend and his friend as well.
But at the end they still got together and got married some months later and now they have been married for two years. It was really good read, compelling read and entertaining read and I think it's a good book to give to my young nephew to read and to learn from. After having been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, Matteson Perry decides to take a year off from being in a serious relationship.
Instead, he wants to enjoy casual dating, have fun and have sex without hurting anybody's feelings. Matteson has been a really nice guy all his life, always a bit shy with females but also very inexperienced at not being in a serious relationship. Over the course of the year, he learns a lot about himself, about dating, about friendships and relationships and After having been dumped by his long-term girlfriend, Matteson Perry decides to take a year off from being in a serious relationship.
Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch (Unabridged)
Over the course of the year, he learns a lot about himself, about dating, about friendships and relationships and about communication. Available is a funny and lighthearted memoir written from a male perspective, which was pretty interesting. The author lost me a little when he recounted his drug-fuelled weeklong experience at Burning Man the whole idea sounded like a total nightmare to mebut he really won me over with the last few chapters.
A refreshing writing style and amusing anecdotes made this into an enjoyable, quick read. May 19, Denise rated it it was amazing. A real love story that includes all the heartbreaks and experiences leading up to it in a guy's point-of-view.
Humorous and fun! Jun 12, Julie Cameron rated it it was amazing. I listened to this book, narrated by the author, and I loved it. I'll be honest, there were moments when I wanted to reach through the pages and slap him senseless for being a jerk, but then he would come to this same realization on his own, and I'd think, "Okay, he truly is a nice guy.
The Burning Man section alone, makes Matteson Perry a very brave man! A word of caution: Please remember that this is a memoir, and not a how-to book. Jun 03, Raquel rated it it was amazing. Totally flew through this book. Has literally nothing to do with my life right now i'm not a guy in my early 30s dating a series of women but has such a funny, reflective, self-effacing narrator, it's easy to get drawn in.
One of the quotes on the back likens it to a bill Bryson style dating book, which I totally agree with. It ends wonderfully, but at that point you're enjoying the writing so much you want to go, "OK, so the story's over, but just keep talking about something else and I'll Totally flew through this book. It ends wonderfully, but at that point you're enjoying the writing so much you want to go, "OK, so the story's over, but just keep talking about something else and I'll read that too.
Apr 23, Carolyn rated it it was ok. The writing is competent and easy to read, but the narrative is cringe-worthy.
A self-professed 'nice guy' tries to hook up with as many women as possible, while making apologies for it and examining his behaviour and motives under the current liberal ideology. No thanks. Jun 22, Rikki Ades rated it really liked it. Cute book. Good beach read. Sep 07, Victor rated it liked it. He dates and has sex with a bunch of girls, and then he settles down and has sex with just one girl. May 21, Jenny Jo Weir rated it really liked it Shelves: humor-made-me-laughrecommend-to-everyonereally-good-bookmen-i-would-marrybest-of Loved it!
Funny, cute, sweet, endearing, honest, brutal, blunt, you name it. I could say a plethora of awesome things about this book but instead Ill simply say this: Its all about the delivery and this man delivers!!!
Highly recommend, check it out. Mar 04, Jennifer Lee rated it it was amazing. This book was amazing, i was laughing from the dedication to the last line. I loved the sarcasm and sense of humor throughout the book. Laura is an amazing woman for being supportive of this book. Im so happy he found his happily ever after. Even as a woman there are SO many things that i can relate to and Ive realized that i need to make brunch dates a thing lol This book was amazing, i was laughing from the dedication to the last line.
Jun 24, Heidi Mastrogiovanni rated it really liked it. This is a charming, sweet, very funny book. I enjoyed it very much.
Available is a fun, hip dating memoir about love, heartbreak, and being single that will resonate with fans of Nick Hornby, Sloane Crosley, and Judd Apatow. Praise for Available "Matteson Perry is what you'd get if Bill Bryson were writing about 21st century dating. Aug 25, Nice Guys, Freaks & Creeps: a Dating Memoir [Knightstep, Jennifer] on simplybeyondexpectations.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Nice Guys, Freaks & Creeps: a Dating Memoir Available as a Kindle eBook. Kindle eBooks can be /5(8). Available is a funny and lighthearted memoir written from a male perspective, which was pretty interesting. The author lost me a little when he recounted his drug-fuelled weeklong experience at Burning Man (the whole idea sounded like a total nightmare to me), but he really won me over with the last few chapters.4/5(1).
May 25, Kim rated it really liked it. A serial monogamist through his twenties, Perry vows to take a year off from relationships to date casually after having his heart broken by a woman he calls his manic pixie dream girl.
He goes on a bunch of dates and has a fair bit of sex, learning about himself and developing insights on love and relationships along the way. Each woman is described well enough to seem different than the rest, and these experiences culminate in Perry devoting several chapters to his time at Burning Man, which had been a primary motivator for him to remain single.
Humorous and self-deprecating, his quest to get to know women on a purely casual and physical level never comes across as misogynistic. And yes, he does find love in the end, as anyone who reads the dedication page to his wife at the beginning of this book is already aware. I was able to read this title courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher, and really enjoyed it!
Feb 22, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: memoirkindle. ARC from net galley. After the break up of a long term relationship, Matteson Perry decides to take a year off from serious dating and try to only date and have sex in a non-serious way. This involves one night stands, casual sex, friends-with-benefits arrangements and a week at Burning Man which, much to no one's surprise, seems like my thing at all-sleeping outside for a week, tons of drugs and random people-ugh.
One thing I gathered from this book is that confidence is almost everything ARC from net galley. One thing I gathered from this book is that confidence is almost everything when meeting people and you really can get good at dating. After a year, he seems kind of interested in a girl, but realizes he really likes his life the way it is. And then, he meets someone who, as in all good love stories, makes me realize he wants to change his life. Sep 29, Caitlin rated it it was ok Shelves: audiobooks.
What a letdown!