Thursday, April 19, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Diary Of A Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson

Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bettie Youngs Books (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English

In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Marla takes her readers for a hilarious romp through her days as an L.A. matchmaker and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks. 

From juggling the demands her out-of-touch clients to trying her best to meet the capricious demands of an insensitive boss to the ups and downs of her own marriage to a Latin husband who doesn't think that she is 'domestic' enough, Marla writes with charm and self-effacement about the universal struggles that all women face in their lives. 

Readers will laugh, cringe, and cry as they journey with her through outrageous stories about the indignities of dating in Los Angeles, dealing with overblown egos, vicariously hobnobbing with celebrities, and navigating the wannabe-land of Beverly Hills. In a city where perfection is almost a prerequisite, even Marla can't help but run for the Botox every once in a while.

This is a wonderful and comedic approach to matchmaking in Beverly Hills!  Marla shares her experiences of working at a prestigious dating service company that matched rich men up with beautiful women.  The reader shares her wit as she shares her thoughts on the expectations of these rich men and the frustration of the lack of humanity in her clients.  Many of the men were classified as being 4's or 5's however, their bank accounts warranted them women who rated 9's or 10's and Marla shares how their demands and expectations sometimes exasperated her sensibilities.

Author Marla Martenson tells her tale in a delightful and up beat manner that the reader cannot help but feel drawn into the prose being shared.  You will find yourself giggling over some of the antics and shaking your head in disgust over some of the demands.

As well, Marla and her co-workers must keep up an appearance to their clients, they must always look presentable or be dismissed for lack of conduct.  Other times, Marla has to go to extravagant parties in order to recruit new women who would consider becoming companions to rich, and usually, much older, men.  You will feel her detachment and disgust when these beautiful women fall under par for most of the clients, making her work even more stressful.

As well, you reap in her joy when she does successfully match two people together, sometimes even bewildering herself.  This is a different approach to romance but I thought Diary Of A Beverly Hills Matchmaker was deserving of four out of five stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a witty, memorable read.

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