Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates: A Picture Book Parody for Adults by Rebekah Manley ( Author), Catarina Oliveira (Illustrations)
5 out of 5 stars
Alexandra decides to try a 30 Dates in 30 Days challenge, and she swipes right for some dates that turn out to be decidedly awful, awkward, and no fun. These truly bad dates are immature, selfish, and downright gross. They leave her with the check, mansplain and lecture her, stay on their phones the whole time, or just don’t show up at all. At the end of her 30 dates, Alexandra decides to invest in herself and live her best life alone… with a few good friends.
I loved this funny picture book for adults! The writing is hilarious with clever hashtags scattered throughout. For anyone who has horror stories of terrible dates, this book will ring true and help you to laugh off those bad times with the same carefree and courageous attitude Alexandra shows.
I loved the beautiful illustrations in this book! It’s so colorful and whimsical. The cartoony art style doesn’t feel juvenile at all. The expressions on the characters’ faces really show the emotional baggage that is being dragged around, and Alexandra’s disgust and exasperation with her awful dates. And yet, it feels fun and silly and sarcastic. The art perfectly mirrors the mood of the writing in a really special way!
I liked that Alexandra is safe and careful. She meets her dates in public places, and sometimes brings a friend along. It shows that Alexandra is smart and savvy in many ways. And the story is not just about the dates; Alexandra has interests and hobbies and friends that give her personality depth.
I love everything about this book!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.