"Daniel Ruyter has much experience in the dating scene, with stories and matching advice to go with it." #BookReview

Memoirs of a Dating Dad

by Daniel Ruyter

Genre: Memoir, Advice

Book Synopsis

Sometimes crazy, sometimes meaningful, always insightful – all of my experiences in dating as a single dad have taught me some very valuable life lessons. Memoirs of a Dating Dad is ten chapters of hilarity, sadness, anticipation and disappointment – all of the feelings and emotions that are inevitable when dating in today’s jungle.

Bec's Rating

Bec's Review

Before I begin my review I want to make some quick clarifications in order to clear up any confusion in regard to this book. While Memoirs of a Dating dad claims to be a memoir it is in fact only half memoirs, the other half being an advice book. If you go into this book only expecting funny stories you may be disappointed, but I can guarantee that if you are looking for not only amusing dating tales, but some real advice then you will enjoy this book.

Daniel Ruyter has much experience in the dating scene, with stories and matching advice to go with it. While the book is primarily targeted for those in the single, over 30, demographic (specifically those with children, single parents re-entering the dating world) I found a lot of the advice to be useful, despite being several years under 30 myself. The dating advice in this book is practical, whether you are 20,30, 40 or older.

However while the book is an entertaining read with amusing (and practical) stories and tones of useful advice, I do have one small criticism. Each chapter began with a dating story, or memoir, set in an easy to follow format, followed by a lesson learned before delving into the chapter topic in question. And yet while the stories related well to the accompanying lesson and made for entertaining reading they often did not relate to the chapter they fronted. You’d go from reading about a bar date to the ins and outs of internet dating. I felt there was potential to link these together, to have the stories not only include a lesson but in some way introduce the main chapter topic. As it stands now there is little flow between the stories and the chapters, making it seem like the stories themselves are separate chapters of their own.

If you are single (newly or long term) I recommend this book for you. However if you are looking for a memoir or to read some amusing dating stories I suggest you keep looking as the memoirs make up less than half of this book. Keep this in mind if you choose to purchase this book and I’m sure you’ll find some useful advice within the pages.

Disclaimer: May not be appropriate for children due to an adult theme. This book addresses the topic of dating for adults and as such is not recommended for, and will not interest, children.