Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson

In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Marla takes her readers for a hilarious romp through her days as an L.A. matchmaker and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks. From juggling the demands her out-of-touch clients to trying her best to meet the capricious demands of an insensitive boss to the ups and downs of her own marriage to a Latin husband who doesn't think that she is 'domestic' enough, Marla writes with charm and self-effacement about the universal struggles that all women face in their lives. Readers will laugh, cringe, and cry as they journey with her through outrageous stories about the indignities of dating in Los Angeles, dealing with overblown egos, vicariously hobnobbing with celebrities, and navigating the wannabe-land of Beverly Hills. In a city where perfection is almost a prerequisite, even Marla can't help but run for the Botox every once in a while.

Received from the publicist for review.

My favorite quote from the book, which sadly summed up most of the male clients, was:

He wants a gorgeous woman with a degree from a top university who will make a submissive 1950s wife without sounding like that's what he's after.

This one gets four stars.  This had a great flow and was quite fun.  The client e-mails were amusing, but also sad for any woman who is not a Playboy model with a Ph.D. since that seems to be what these men are looking for.  Essentially you'll never been too thin or your boobs too big for a bald, fat, rich dude.  Sad.  Of course, the women wanted sugar daddies so they fit well together.  The amusement factor faded rather quickly and would be more depressing for most female readers knowing that the book simply confirms what all women have known since puberty.  This was well written and the nice style made for a smooth read.  If you're looking for the other side of the Harlequin propaganda, this is it.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Man of la Books said...

I once accidentally switched on the "Millionaire Matchmaker" show and watched, in horror the antics of these kind of people.

Anonymous said...

hmmm. I may have to grab this book as well. Especially since I'm single, I'd like to know how much of what's in here falls in line with what I have to deal with! Dating is a headache these days....

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