Available

Available

A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love, and Brunch

Book - 2016
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"Matteson Perry is a Nice Guy. He remembers birthdays, politely averts his eyes on the subway, and enjoys backgammon. A serial monogamist, he's never asked a stranger out. But when the girl he thought might be The One dumps him, he decides to turn his life around. He comes up with The Plan: 1. Be single for a year. 2. Date a lot of women. 3. Hurt no one's feelings. He's not out to get revenge or to become a pickup artist; he just wants to disrupt his pattern, have some fun, and discover who he is. A quick-witted Everyman, Perry throws himself into the modern world of courtship and digital dating, only to discover that even the best-laid plans won't necessarily get you laid. Over the course of a year, he dated almost thirty different women, including a Swedish tourist, a former high school crush, a born-again virgin, a groupie, an actress, a lesbian, and a biter. In Available, award-winning storyteller Matteson Perry brings us into the inner sanctum of failed pickup lines, uncomfortable courtships, awkward texts, and self-discovery, charting the highs and lows of single life and the lessons he learned along the way. Candid, empathetic, and devastatingly funny, Available is the ultimate real-life rom-com about learning to date, finding love, and becoming better at life"--
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501101434
1501101439
9781501101441
1501101447
Branch Call Number: B P4297P 2016
Characteristics: 246 pages ; 23 cm

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Feb 21, 2017

Other: some drug use

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Feb 21, 2017

Sexual Content: plenty of casual sex

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Feb 21, 2017

The fight lasted several hours. Kelly attacked the soundness of our relationship while I defended it. My arguments were rational, while hers were rooted in emotion. Eventually, I logic-bullied her into surrender, convincing her that her emotions were wrong. Of course, a person’s emotions can never be “wrong,” even if they can’t “defend” them, but for the moment I’d “won.”

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Feb 21, 2017

After the concert the four of us walked to a dimly lit, low-slung bar on the edge of Chinatown decorated with taxidermy animals that stared at us angrily, as if we were the ones who had killed them. It was a random, unknown New York bar, but it was cooler than the coolest bar in my hometown, which made me feel cooler than everyone in my hometown. Which is the whole point of living in New York City.

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Feb 21, 2017

The author takes us on his journey from nice guy who'd been dumped to, by his own admission, a bit of a sleaze, and back to balance again. It takes guts to put your bad habits and patterns under scrutiny and come out of it with understanding and genuine change. I appreciated the honesty and insight into a male perspective on dating.

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