playing with matches book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you have ever wondered about the ins and outs of the New York online dating scene then you need to read Dylan Fitzpatrick’s Playing With Matches. This book is a narrative; it is not a book on the does and don’ts or one that offers dating rules and advice. Fitzpatrick treats readers as dating wingmen of sorts and confesses all, holding nothing back. Readers will know exactly what Dylan is thinking, hear his unfiltered opinions on the women he dates and forgets as well as the ones that “got away”.

I enjoyed reading about Dylan’s endless first dates and laughed at the ridiculousness of the conversations he’s had to endure. I cringed at some of the women he chose to go out with and the unintended (but inevitable) results. Dylan has certainly dated a LOT and with the good comes the bad. He does seem to be the wiser even after all his troubles and that is the gem of this book.

Not surprisingly, Dylan is a player. Dylan wants what he wants. Dylan sometimes “gets” it. But overall, Dylan delivers in the Department of Entertainment and this book is seriously funny. I could almost hear Dylan talking in the same way the book was written. He keeps it “100” (meaning 100% real) and highlights the “lesson learned” along the way to online dating advice Nirvana.

Has Dylan ever been in love? You’ll just have to decide for yourself. This is a cute fun book with its fair share of questionable language but nothing serious enough to keep you from reading–and laughing.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Dylan Fitzpatrick. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.