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From a breakout storytelling star at The Moth, a real-life romantic comedy about a guy and a girl - and 29 other girls: a memoir about an unexpected break-up, one self-imposed year of being single, and how a "nice guy" survived dating in the 21st century.
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 dates almost 30 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 learns 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.
©2016 Matteson Perry (P)2016 Random House Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gretchen SLP on 06-03-16

Sex, Drugs & OKCupid

This is rip-roaring good R-rated fun! While the target audience may be men old enough to drink and young enough to enjoy dropping acid and eating shrooms at Burning Man, adults of any age and either gender (if hip/liberal and not uncomfortable with sexual promiscuity) will almost certainly love it and want to listen to it more than once. The author, an award-winning and natural storyteller, spins pure nonfiction comedy gold out of his Year of Dating Dangerously. I can only wish for a book this good and on the same topic but told from a woman's perspective (like Jane Juska's A Round-Heeled Woman, but for young to middle aged women rather than seniors) to share with my single female friends who are still out there suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous online dating...but in the meantime, until I find one, I'm going to send them THIS sparklingly witty, unabashedly honest account of one man's quest for sex without romantic entanglements. It's that good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By T on 01-18-18

A Hopeful Guide for Young Men Dreaming of Love

As a 24 year old who has been in a long term relationship and has been single for a while, my experiences dating have been numerous yet disheartening. Matteson Perry's book was relateable, funny and witty, and offers someone in my position hope that I have plenty of years to fill with girlfriends and brunch. Have recommended it to all my pals and look forward to meeting him someday!

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