Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review + Interview - MR. RIGHT-SWIPE by Ricki Schultz

You guys! I can't tell you how excited I am to have Ms. Schultz on the blog today. I read her new novel - Mr. Right-Swipe and was filled with giggles throughout the book. It was funny and refreshing because it has an amazing take on modern dating. I, myself, have not tried the whole online dating that's all the rage these days. I've been married since I was nineteen! So, it's nice to live vicariously through a book. Weird? Maybe.
 Rae is a *ray* of sunshine and smartassery. I liked her outlook on life, but what really made me love her, was the passion she had for teaching. My favorite part in the book surprsingly was when she read her class The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It may have seem like a small part in the book but to me, it really opened up my mind to the type of person she was.
The romance aspect and the dates were fun. It was so, so entertaining. If you're looking for something light, funny, and an all around good book, this one will not disappoint!
I'd also like to point out the interview down below. The last question about what book boyfriend Ms. Schultz would swipe right on...I just have to say, I agree. I would totally choose him too! Harry Potter nerd for the win!
Thank you so much Ricki for taking the time out and letting us know you a little better. I hope you have an amazing release day!

Rae Wallace would rather drown in a vat of pinot greezh and be eaten by her own beagle than make another trip down the aisle--even if it is her best friend's wedding. She's too busy molding the minds of first graders and polishing that ol' novel in the drawer to waste time on any man, unless it's Jason Segel.
But when her be-fris stage an intervention, Rae is forced to give in. After all, they've hatched a plan to help her find love the 21st century way: online. She's skeptical of this electronic chlamydia catcher, but she's out to prove she hasn't been too picky with men.
However, when a familiar fella's profile pops up--the dangerously hot substitute teacher from work (Nick)--Rae swipes herself right into a new problem... 

1. First and foremost, where did you come up with such a wonderful idea for a book?

At one of my friends’ launch parties, I was standing in the kitchen with a bunch of married ladies. My agent, one of them, started asking me how my whole dating thing was going. So I groaned, rolled my eyes, and fired up some dating apps. Their eyes lit with the screen at this foreign world to them, and they were trying to get me to swipe this way and that, when I started giving them my reasons for swiping. They were all laughing at my ridiculousness (and probably thanking their lucky stars that they’re married!). A week later, my agent called and said, “This is what you should be writing!” Six months later? An editor at Grand Central (now MY editor!) was asking for pages!

2. What's the most memorable date you've had?

Hmm. That’s tough because my memory is long. The most memorable date I’ve had in recent history was when the guy ordered beef tartare and tried to tell me when I asked Doesn’t “tartare” that mean it’s raw? that that’s not what it means (Um. Yeah, it is) and then made such a huge deal over the fact that I didn’t want to try it (Im a grown-ass woman who knows whether or not she likes raw beef. Plus, I have a terrible stomach and know if I can or cannot handle something. Plus, I shouldn’t have to give reasons as to why I don’t want to try a goddamn appetizer.) that the people at the next table were giving me the wide-eyes. 

So I grabbed the damn beef tartare and tried it, just to shut him up. 

This was our second (and final) date.

Not that raw beef is a deal breaker for me or anything—I’m not nuts—but the kind of insistence over something as dumb as that . . . and then the insistence when I’d eaten it that I’d liked it and wasn’t I glad I tried it (I did not, and, no, I wasn’t) is something I saw as kind of a metaphor for that guy’s personality. Nothing against him, but that’s kind of a clash for me. IMHO, we shouldn’t be having an argument—stupid or otherwise—on date two. And don’t tell me that’s okay (which he did), because it’s not.

As my one friend pointed out, it’s probaby a metaphor for how he’d be in bed too. 

3. Do you have any advice for the single crowd still trying to find "the one"?

Yes. Don’t! No, I’m just kidding. My advice would be BE HONEST. Be honest about what it is you’re looking for, be honest in the way you represent yourself, and be honest if you discover you aren’t into the person.

You do have to put yourself out there, and I know that’s hard and icky sometimes—but if you don’t, you won’t.

4. You're stranded on a desert island, what book do you have with you?

Ugh, I’m so weird. Probably The Great Gatsby or Of Mice and Men.

5. What book changed your life?

John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. The complexity of that friendship and the way the tale is woven have definitely inspired many a manuscript for me.

6. Last but not least, name a book boyfriend you'd swipe right on!
I’d definitely Swipe Right on Carter in Christina Lauren’s newest book—with which I share a book birthday!—Dating You Hating You! Harry Potter nerd? Rolled-sleeve dress shirts? (It doesn’t take much for me. ;) ) So dreamy! Sooooo sexy!

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*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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