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Guest Post: Debut Author Amanda Stauffer

Today I share the blog with debut author Amanda Stauffer! Amanda is the author of the book Match Made in Manhattan which debuted today, the 23rd! Link to my review of the book in the caption of the cover!

Here’s a little about the book:

After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself

Match Made in Manhattan
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confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.

Giving them each her signature “pants speech”–her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone–she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?

Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.

 

Get to know Amanda a little bit:

Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an

Amanda Stauffer
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architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City’s dating scene, Amanda headed to match.com. Her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material for a book or a career in comedy.

Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of this book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile. An erstwhile expat who has lived in Bangalore, Sicily, and Paris, Amanda currently lives in Manhattan, where she is busy writing her second book.

Without further ado, here she is with a dream cast!

When Sophie invited me to do a guest post, I sent her a couple ideas for brief essays and thought pieces. As always, she was super kind and wrote back:

I don’t have any particular idea in mind for content, so do what’s most convenient for you or interests you the most. A dream cast is always a good idea too!

Fantasizing about my dream cast for that day when Match Made in Manhattan makes it to the silver screen . . . or the TV screen . . . or the computer screen is pretty much my favorite hobby. So clearly her idea trumped all of my duller, more ponderous ones. 

Before you can round out the supporting cast, you need to pick an Alison, as her character is the linchpin to the narrative arc. If you don’t have a multi-dimensional Alison who can relate to each of her colorful and diverse dates in subtly different ways, a major theme—namely how different people can bring out different aspects of our personalities—gets lost. Once upon a time this would have been a great role for Reese Witherspoon or Rachel McAdams – strong, confident ingénues who can make a joke, take a joke, but also convey bouts of vulnerability. One early reviewer actually wrote up her dream cast and picked Emma Stone as Alison. My sister is convinced the role should go to Dove Cameron.

Without further ado, here is my ideal lineup:

Alison:  I’d love to see Emelia Clarke as Alison. I think she’d take the role to an interesting depth and profundity, while also expressing patience (a must for Alison on some of these dates) and charm. . . . 

Nicole: Anna Kendrick

Cassie: Priyanka Chopra

Brendan: Sam Claflin

John: David Lim

Jason: John Boyega

Forrest: Josh Hutcherson

James: Chris Evans

Younger Luke: Armie Hammer 

Older Luke: Matthew Morrison

Dan: Ryan Guzman  

And if there’s room, it would be awesome if we could work in a cameo for me. . . maybe as Alison’s sister? Or as the metal-welding assistant?  

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Congratulations to Amanda for such an awesome debut!! I hope you all take a moment to read this delightful book!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Sneak Peek Sunday: Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer

HI GUYS! I know I resolved to write more here this year, but it has been hard to find the time to sit and write among all other things going on right now. It has already been quite a year despite being only 21 days in. I’m here to talk about the debut book by Amanda Stauffer — and I can’t wait for you to read it this Tuesday!

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Match Made in Manhattan

Match Made in Manhattan
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Author: Amanda Stauffer

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Expected Release: January 23, 2018

Source: ARC

My Rating: 4/5 Goodreads stars

After two intense, dead-end relationships, serial monogamist Alison finds herself confused, lonely, and drastically out of touch with the world of modern dating. Refusing to wallow, she signs up for a popular dating app and resolves to remain open-minded and optimistic as she explores the New York City singles’ scene. With the click of a button, her adventures begin: On one date, she’s dumped before the first kiss; on another, she dons full HAZMAT gear; she meets a tattooed folk singer turned investment banker, an undercover agent who tracks illegal exotic animals, and dozens of other colorful, captivating personalities.

Giving them each her signature “pants speech”–her pants aren’t coming off unless she has a real connection with someone–she desperately wants to push past the awkward small-talk phase to find true love, but finding “the one” is starting to feel impossible. That is, until she meets Luke, who is sophisticated, funny, and not to mention, hot. Alison finds herself falling for Luke harder than any guy she’s dated and finally letting her walls down, but will he stick around or move on to his next match?

Match Made in Manhattan is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relatable debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end.

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I remember when I was first contacted to read this book I was intrigued by the premise. I seem to be able to relate to the characters a lot more because I am seeing and experience the same frustration that Allison finds herself feeling.

The dating snafus that Allison goes through are SO GREAT. I loved how she navigated each situation differently and took it all in stride, even if it wasn’t easy. Her patience as a character is truly boundless, and you can tell how she handles herself in the wild situations she gets herself in with these dates.

Reading books like this one reminds me that I have high expectations for my own romantic life because of reading. It seems that while everything everything is going to hell for Allison, she still is able to find love and get out of her own head to experience falling in love. She gets to go on wild adventures even when things aren’t clicking for her. I love her spirit.

One of my favorite parts of the book was Allison’s job!! I learned so much about art and the architecture that I felt that I was there with her restoring buildings. It was lovely to see the world through her eyes.

All in all, I highly recommend this!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hi there! What better to start off the New Year than with a review! Happy release day to this lovely book and so many other ones.

Someone to Love
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Title: Someone to Love

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release date: January 2, 2018

Edition: Hardcover, US

Source: Copy Provided by Publicist

My rating: 3/5 Goodreads stars

Constantly in the spotlight thanks to her politician father’s rising star, Olivia Blakely feels the pressure to be perfect. As the youngest girl in her class, she tries hard to keep up and to seem mature to the older boy she’s crushing on, even as she catches his eye. But the need to look good on camera and at school soon grows into an all-consuming struggle with bulimia.

As Liv works toward her goal of gaining early admission to art school, including taking part in an upcoming student show, her life spirals out of control. Swept up in demands to do more than she’s ready for, to always look perfect and to succeed, Liv doesn’t know who she is anymore. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world’s approval.

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This was my last read of 2017! It was exciting to finish it because I was reading it right up until I left for my NYE plans 🙂

Here are some of my initial thoughts from Goodreads:

Last read of the year! Shoutout to my friend Logan and my mom for betting on me to finish 2 more books before the new year!! Crushed it 🙂

This book was interesting. I was sent a copy for review thanks to the publisher and publicist! Something that I liked was the truth to Olivia’s story. Her journey is a hard one, and I like the way it was captured.

More thoughts to come, Happy New Year everyone!

One thing I realized later in the book was that it was set in the same universe as Something in Between which was released in fall of 2016. (You can read my review of that book here.) This was one of my favorite aspects of the book. It was four years in the future, and I loved how you got to know the minor characters in that book much better through this book.

Liv is a very dynamic character. She is very stubborn and is worried about showing vulnerability. It’s something that speaks true to what it is really like to be human. I can’t personally speak on what it’s like to have anxious thoughts, but I feel that this book conveys it well. You read about Liv and her thoughts come so naturally that it doesn’t feel forced at all.

The supporting characters were well written as well. I feel that they have very common reactions that anyone from the outside would have. It seems that they represent all of the different ways that someone could react.

Generally this was a good read. It was something I had to pick up and put down a few times, but I was compelled enough to finish it. I wanted to know the outcomes of all of the different characters, and Liv was a lovely character.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz