So, recently the lovely people at Random House contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review a book and after having a look at it, I was rather excited to give it a read. Relationship advice? Sex advice? And a down to earth expert giving her take on the current dating scene? Sounded peachy to me.
I wasn’t disappointed either.
However, before I go any further, I should note that I am not #singlebutdating’s target audience. In fact, I’m pretty much the woman it sounded like Nikki Goldstein was before she ended a relationship at 24 and ventured forth into the wide world of casual relationships, so this was like exploring an alternate reality of what my life might have been like if I hadn’t met my lovely gentleman and we hadn’t decided to go off exploring the world together.
What I found most surprising about #singlebutdating was the sound overall advice on self-esteem and relationships that make up the first part of the book. The whole premise is to be the best you can be as you, rather than trying not to be someone else and I whole-heartedly gave that a thumbs up. I was also on board with the suggestion that therapy is a good thing for any woman wanting to feel the best she can about herself.
I happen to like therapy. (It might be because of the comfy chairs and the fact I love talking a lot but hey, it floats our boat.) As I’m also a devoted disciple to the Betty Dodson line of self-love being first and foremost in getting the most out of sexy times, the advice on masturbation and communication being the keys to getting the most out of sex in the dating game in the long run were very welcome.
The second half of the book plays out like a practical how-to for getting out there and giving the dating life a go and while it wasn’t written for me, I found the advice on how to deal with rejection, how to end relationships and how to stay positive overall useful.
Goldstein is highly likeable, has a down to earth tone of voice and doesn’t hammer you over the head with this whole dating idea. In fact, the entire book feels like a chat with a knowledgeable friend who’s been around the traps and knows their business.
If I was going to be giving out a rating this one would be 5 Hitachi Wands out of 5.
Single but Dating: 10 Steps to a More Dateable You Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
©2020 Dr Nikki Goldstein (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 14 minutes|
|Author||Dr. Nikki Goldstein|
|Narrator||Dr. Nikki Goldstein|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 March 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank||
30,742 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
197 in Love, Dating & Attraction
234 in Dating (Books)
4,436 in Parenting & Family
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Reviewed in Australia on 14 January 2016
#Singlebutdating is both hilarious and informative and should be every modern woman's go-too guide to enjoying and embracing singledom. Dr Nikki writes candidly and honestly and confronts every possible worst nightmare scenario. A great one for the ladies' book club - laughter and tears guaranteed. I look forward to the next book by Dr Nikki. 5 stars!
Nikki is clearly a girl who has had fun but comes from an expert position with relatable stories ...Reviewed in Australia on 7 March 2016
#singlebutdating is a fresh take on a relationship 'how to' guide without being patronising. Nikki is clearly a girl who has had fun but comes from an expert position with relatable stories and advice which deals with real world issues around self esteem etc. laugh out loud funny Nikki has written a beauty!
Reviewed in Australia on 8 March 2016
What an awesome read! Dr Nikki gives honest, practical advice with a beautiful underlying theme of self acceptance. I had laugh out loud moments that made me feel like I was chatting with a friend. Highly recommend.