Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson gives an inside look into the materialistic and superficial lives of the perfection-seeking, loveless men of one of the wealthiest cities in California, when they aren’t so perfect themselves.
Marla Martenson works as a professional matchmaker and oftentimes the women her clients describe for a potential soulmate are nearly impossible to find. Common requests include the ‘exceptionally beautiful’, ‘slim’, and ‘large-chested’. Even when someone of these standards is provided to the client, there are still objections towards their height (Under 5’3″? Too short.) or their weight (Over 110? Too fat!). Martenson wrote the book as a memoir, and within the first few chapters, it already served as a vital reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker was a fairly easy read, mostly because it was set up as a humorous novel where I was almost shocked to remember that it was all a true story and people these days are really as judgmental as Martenson writes them. However, it’s hard to choose a protagonist and an antagonist, simply because it soon becomes apparent that it is not sexism that is in play, but pure human shallowness. The female clients themselves expressed early on that they would sleep with or date a man if they were willing to spend thousands on something as materialistic as a designer handbag. You lose faith in humanity a few chapters into the book but remembering that Marla Martenson works in a world far from normal, it is almost easier to swallow.
Consider Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker a good book to take along to the beach or to reread if you’re in for a chuckle or two. It is entertainment at best and it’s better if we all remember it that way and not as a picture of what people of the world are really like. I enjoyed it immensely and I hope to come across more of her works again.
Abby lives in coastal New Jersey and spends her free time writing anything from short articles to multi-chapter novels. She loves to read and her favorite book genres are Young Adult, Chick-Lit, and How-To/Guides.
Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Marla Martenson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.