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Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.” Nominated by The Romance Reviews for "Best Romantic Comedy--2010" WARNING: Facebook BANNED THIS COVER! Proceed at your own risk: PG-13 contents.


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Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. Dating My Vibrator and other true fiction is a collection of nine true and almost true short stories all based (unfortunately) on my own experience. After nineteen years of marriage I was thrust into a brave new world of dating: online, offline, standing in line, listening to lines. And I have survived to tell these tales. Dating, divorce, desperation—all that good stuff. CAUTION: if you’re contemplating divorce, these stories may convince you to consider marriage counseling. If you’re out there dating, chances are you will relate. OMG! Here’s a scary thought: maybe you’ve met some of these guys. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Joe Konrath gave it 5 stars and says, “Pure Comedic Brilliance.” Nominated by The Romance Reviews for "Best Romantic Comedy--2010" WARNING: Facebook BANNED THIS COVER! Proceed at your own risk: PG-13 contents.

30 review for Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Tyrpak

    This is my book, so I love it. In fact, after reading some reviews of books that I've enjoyed, I realize I'm not a reviewer (or a critic)--I'm a writer and a reader. Used to be a dancer and an actor. If I don't like a book, I won't read much of it. If I finish a book, I liked it. Okay, I won't give myself 5 stars, but I think you may enjoy my stories. Suzanne oh yeah...what I learned from this book: read it to find out! This is my book, so I love it. In fact, after reading some reviews of books that I've enjoyed, I realize I'm not a reviewer (or a critic)--I'm a writer and a reader. Used to be a dancer and an actor. If I don't like a book, I won't read much of it. If I finish a book, I liked it. Okay, I won't give myself 5 stars, but I think you may enjoy my stories. Suzanne oh yeah...what I learned from this book: read it to find out!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ty Hutchinson

    It's not a bad read. Props to the author for putting her life out there. Some of the stories I found more interesting than others but that's always the case. I was hoping for laugh-out-loud-I-can't-believe-that-shit-happend but got more chuckles and smiles. I found the same to be true with Chelsea Handler's similar book though. It's not a bad read. Props to the author for putting her life out there. Some of the stories I found more interesting than others but that's always the case. I was hoping for laugh-out-loud-I-can't-believe-that-shit-happend but got more chuckles and smiles. I found the same to be true with Chelsea Handler's similar book though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rose May

    Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com) It was evening. I’d just worked all day, then gone to the dentist’s office for a filling. I was sweaty, gross, sore, tired, and my mouth hurt like a bitch now that the Novocain had worn off. I was in a sour mood. I needed something light and fluffy, but short and not real deep to help me out of my bad-mood depression. Preferably before I ate the entire carton of Chocolate Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (http://romantic-rosesblog.blogspot.com) It was evening. I’d just worked all day, then gone to the dentist’s office for a filling. I was sweaty, gross, sore, tired, and my mouth hurt like a bitch now that the Novocain had worn off. I was in a sour mood. I needed something light and fluffy, but short and not real deep to help me out of my bad-mood depression. Preferably before I ate the entire carton of Chocolate Indulgence ice cream. I was perusing my twitter home page, annoyed and vibrating with tension when Beverly Kendall, a historical author and blogger I follow, mentioned this book – Dating My Vibrator. Should I buy it? She wondered. There was no wondering in it for me. The title alone had me. This book was exactly what I’d hoped it would be. Fun, fast, and entertaining. It had me laughing. Crying. Relating. Yes, anyone who has ever dated will relate to these stories. Those who haven’t dated can only cross themselves and be glad. The stories were humorous and heartwarming, and I loved them. They weren’t great. They weren't the work of a writer extraordinaire. But they were very real, authentic stories of the trials of love, dating, and marriage. I think, for that reason alone, this is a book to pick up. So often we get lost in the hype of fantasy romances where every hero is sexy and every relationship works out beautifully and everyone, despite their heartaches, gets a HEA. This book was a reminder (a funny one) that real life relationships aren’t like that and that at least half the men out there are total losers. And the good ones never seem to come your way. What did I think? Tyrpak’s writing isn’t anything real special. But it was cute, fun, and definitely something to pass the time. The stories were a little too short for my tastes, and I would’ve like a little more embellishment or drama – but I respect that Ms. Tyrpak is sticking to the truth and the facts of her life experiences. This book helped me out when I was in pain and made me laugh, and I only ended up eating half that carton of ice cream. Ms. Tyrpak, my body thanks you for your humor and wit in my time of need. Pick up this book, everyone. It’s funny. Seriously. “Sexy”ness rating: N/A: No kissing/sex here! Smutty title – not smutty book. Overall Rating: C+ Bottom Line: A series of short stories for when you want something funny but not complex or long. I’d suggest you get to an unobtrusive location before beginning, because a few of the stories will have you laughing – and possibly sniffling – aloud.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    Storyline: Dating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak is just plain good. I absolutely relate. Some of the dates I’ve had…wow. It’s like Ms. Tyrpak was in my head (with a much better editor, of course)! The book is a collection of short stories that semi-chronicles her dating life (or lack-thereof) after her divorce. Ms. Tyrpak even included the dreaded “this is why the marriage failed” conversation. Fantastic. (In a horribly accurate kind of way.) How many of us have had that same conversation with a Storyline: Dating My Vibrator by Suzanne Tyrpak is just plain good. I absolutely relate. Some of the dates I’ve had…wow. It’s like Ms. Tyrpak was in my head (with a much better editor, of course)! The book is a collection of short stories that semi-chronicles her dating life (or lack-thereof) after her divorce. Ms. Tyrpak even included the dreaded “this is why the marriage failed” conversation. Fantastic. (In a horribly accurate kind of way.) How many of us have had that same conversation with a ridiculous ex? Spot on. Grammar/Spelling: I didn’t notice any grammar or spellings errors. Character Development: Each of the guys in Dating My Vibrator embodies the fools that exist in the dating world. It truly is a wonder we ever actually meet The One. Suzanne introduces the reader to Jon, who is “committed to the arts” and apparently committed to saturated fats as well. He seems like a perfect match: enjoys writing, travel, is intelligent and articulate. They exchange samples of their written work, Suzanne dutifully reads his. He merely “looks over” hers. Hilarity ensues. Ahhh… A true gentlemen. Of course, her aide d’amour is featured quite prominently in one of the stories. Suzanne breaks down the pros and cons of having a boyfriend versus having just a battery operated boyfriend. The very same pros and cons that nearly every gal has mentally gone over when she’s sitting across from a real charmer who is more interested in her mid-latitudes than a having an actual conversation. Writing Style: The style is very fluid and entertaining. With each short story dedicated to a either a bad dating experience or a post-divorce moment of clarity, it is definitely engaging and very difficult to put down. Continuity: No issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 4+ I truly enjoyed Ms. Tyrpak’s collection of short stories, Dating My Vibrator. It was honest, humorous and even cathartic to some extent. I would recommend this to anyone who is having a tough time with their divorce or their dating life. This will make an excellent gift for some of my newly single friends!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Max Tomlinson

    Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) These nine short stories document one woman’s woeful re-entrance into the dating world after a failed marriage. ‘Other true fiction’ couldn’t be more accurate. We just know that the emotional misfits the author meets are out there in real life, lurking in the shadows. And we see what the author is thinking when a date pays for an expensive meal (dig in!) or when a new acquaintance starts calling her 'babe' after two introductory phone calls. And don’t y Dating My Vibrator (and other true fiction) These nine short stories document one woman’s woeful re-entrance into the dating world after a failed marriage. ‘Other true fiction’ couldn’t be more accurate. We just know that the emotional misfits the author meets are out there in real life, lurking in the shadows. And we see what the author is thinking when a date pays for an expensive meal (dig in!) or when a new acquaintance starts calling her 'babe' after two introductory phone calls. And don’t you dare use her towel. I am not in this book’s target audience. I am not female, up to speed with Chick Lit, and I tend to veer away from books with words like ‘vibrator’ in the title. But I still found Dating My Vibrator very engaging. The author showcases her short-story writing skills with quick, succinct observations and a range of styles. From the literary Phantom Love, with its well-executed mood of distant longing, to the hilarious Dharma Dan, which chronicles an encounter with a pretentious buffoon, we are led through the twilight zone dating world of women of a certain age. The stories lean towards humor which Tyrpak is very good at as she introduces us to her would-be beaus. Men aiming to impress an older woman might even learn a thing or two from this book. Don’t go home thinking you’ve necessarily wowed her—especially if you espouse daily workouts but eat potato salad by the bowl. That vibrator in her handbag doesn’t have a paunch and doesn’t BS. Not all of the stories work. Rock Bottom, for example, a pre divorce meeting with the author’s ex, feels unfinished and would benefit from some nuance in the husband’s character. But Tyrpak takes risks and that’s a good thing. Not everything is going to work. Most of these stories do work and are a treat. There are enough sharp insights and plenty of bite to make Dating My Vibrator satisfy. The cover alone is enough to justify a further look.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Despite the controversial title, Dating My Vibrator isn't the smutty tale you would expect. Instead, it is a collection of nine short stories about dating after a long marriage. Some of the stories, some sad, some a little bit of both! Tyrpak's sense of humor with subjects and situations that I myself am all too familiar with was refreshing and fun. The first short story in the novel, Downhill, cracked me up, mainly because I have been in that situation myself. Tyrpak captured the situation and t Despite the controversial title, Dating My Vibrator isn't the smutty tale you would expect. Instead, it is a collection of nine short stories about dating after a long marriage. Some of the stories, some sad, some a little bit of both! Tyrpak's sense of humor with subjects and situations that I myself am all too familiar with was refreshing and fun. The first short story in the novel, Downhill, cracked me up, mainly because I have been in that situation myself. Tyrpak captured the situation and the feelings perfectly. Rock Bottom, the second story, was much sadder, and again,... I could relate. The next story, Not Nirvana, was both sad and extremely funny, once again perfectly capturing the conflicting emotions post-divorce. I didn't have a Dharma Dan in my life, but the story was absolutely hysterical, and more than a little creepy to know that these stories were based on real experiences! Dust of Souls was another heartwrenching story, but I felt it was a powerful one, perfectly depicting the loneliness that post-divorce life can bring. A Tiny Romance was one of the funniest, starring Sam, a post-divorce man who has sworn of women and romance. Double Date described every creepy, sketchy guy I dated, and made that particular story all too relatable! Phantom Library was definately different from the rest of the stories and I am not really sure I understood that one fully. It was very poetic and interesting to read, however. The final story in the collection was the titled story, Dating My Vibrator. This was my favorite in the collection, the one I most related to. Involving bad dates with a hypocritical guy who completely misrepresented himself, I came away from it shaking my head in sympathetic understanding! All of the stories were very well-written and so relatable to anyone who has been through a divorce. I highly suggest reading this fun collection!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Candy

    I wish I knew what this book was missing. I almost hate to say that; I mean how useful is that to anyone "Oh, something is missing but I'll be darned if I know what it is!", right? This is a small collection of mostly humorous short stories by the author that she wrote about her dating life after becoming single again. There are a few obvious stand outs in the crowd including Double Date, Dharma Dan, Rock Bottom and of course, Dating My Vibrator. All of these were well formed short stories with I wish I knew what this book was missing. I almost hate to say that; I mean how useful is that to anyone "Oh, something is missing but I'll be darned if I know what it is!", right? This is a small collection of mostly humorous short stories by the author that she wrote about her dating life after becoming single again. There are a few obvious stand outs in the crowd including Double Date, Dharma Dan, Rock Bottom and of course, Dating My Vibrator. All of these were well formed short stories with a smile at the ending. The author made me laugh out loud a few times and I kind of wanted to invite her out for a drink so we could gossip some more. Where she lost me was in some of the other stories. I felt some didn't really belong in a small collection of humorous short stories. One was a very self-indulgent (albeit very well written) almost poetic story. It just felt out of place as did one concerning her father. Maybe that's what was missing, more stories about her dating life. I think perhaps it lacked a final story that showed her moving completely on with her life, if not settled down again. Maybe an acceptance of herself? I'm not saying that the final story didn't have some of that, but I really felt like it was unfinished. It needed that final story of redemption - but of herself. Overall, a great read. I'd recommended to any of my friends that were or have dated in the past 10 years or so... they'd get a good chuckle out of it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Dating my Vibrator and other True Fiction by Suzanne Tyrpak. This is a collection of nine short stories. These stories are based on real experiences that author, Suzanne had. Suzanne unexpectedly had to find her way in the dating world again after she and her husband divorced. The titles of the nine stories are Downhill, Rock Bottom, Not Nirvana Dharma Dan, Dust of Souls, A Tiny Romance, Double Date, Phantom Love and Dating my Vibrator. I read these stories and felt bad for Suzanne. It was like Dating my Vibrator and other True Fiction by Suzanne Tyrpak. This is a collection of nine short stories. These stories are based on real experiences that author, Suzanne had. Suzanne unexpectedly had to find her way in the dating world again after she and her husband divorced. The titles of the nine stories are Downhill, Rock Bottom, Not Nirvana Dharma Dan, Dust of Souls, A Tiny Romance, Double Date, Phantom Love and Dating my Vibrator. I read these stories and felt bad for Suzanne. It was like a bad movie where the heroine was stuck in the twilight zone surrounded by really, bad actors. Only in this case the female lead was Suzanne and the guys were real. Like the ski bum from Downhill, who all he wanted to do was get Suzanne off the slope and into his bed or Buddhist Dan from Dharma Dan who Suzanne found on Match.com. I know that finding true love or even a nice guy is hard but it is scary that there are so many dogs out there. Suzanne warns at the beginning of this collection that after reading this book you may want to rethink splitting and try out marriage counseling first. This would not apply to everyone but reading these stories would definitely make you have second thoughts. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was that I read other peoples thoughts on this collection and they led me to believe it would be funnier then it was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angieleigh

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I won't lie, I asked to be a reviewer based on the name of this book alone - it made me giggle! The short stories in this book are amusing, yet sometimes very confusing. Ms. Tyrpak's foray back into the dating scene after her husband tells her that their marriage is over due to a part of her anatomy - I swear I spit sweet tea reading that - and consequent divorce made me glad that my own marriage is secure and in no jeopardy I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. I won't lie, I asked to be a reviewer based on the name of this book alone - it made me giggle! The short stories in this book are amusing, yet sometimes very confusing. Ms. Tyrpak's foray back into the dating scene after her husband tells her that their marriage is over due to a part of her anatomy - I swear I spit sweet tea reading that - and consequent divorce made me glad that my own marriage is secure and in no jeopardy of breaking up. I didn't really see all of the stories as being stories, some of them read more like essays. The Christmas one - I think it's the third - had me laughing so hard I cried. But there's one towards the end that is so out of place, it just doesn't belong. Although, to be honest, I wanted to keep reading and find out who the people were and what their story was. I definitely recommend this book if you're having a bad day and want a good laugh. I was able to get through it in two hours, making it one of the lightest (and funniest) stories I've read in a long time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sibel Hodge

    Suzanne Tyrpak is a natural story teller, and I was cracking up out loud quite a lot during some of the collection. At the same time, though, the stories are also quite sad, and they're a great insight into the dating game after her divorce. I recognized quite a few traits of the men she dates, and they're pretty scary! Dating My Vibrator is a roller-coaster of emotions, and a bare-all (not literally!) book that women and (hopefully!) men can relate to. If you're looking for a fun read, you've g Suzanne Tyrpak is a natural story teller, and I was cracking up out loud quite a lot during some of the collection. At the same time, though, the stories are also quite sad, and they're a great insight into the dating game after her divorce. I recognized quite a few traits of the men she dates, and they're pretty scary! Dating My Vibrator is a roller-coaster of emotions, and a bare-all (not literally!) book that women and (hopefully!) men can relate to. If you're looking for a fun read, you've got to check this out!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Iris Deorre

    I found this book hilarious and a good read. It's a fun read. A lot of it I can relate to having been in the same sort of situation. If you ever want to try online dating, I would recommend you read this book first. You might want to rethink your decision. Not that there is anything wrong with online dating, but this book will prepare you and make you aware of what to expect. I found this book hilarious and a good read. It's a fun read. A lot of it I can relate to having been in the same sort of situation. If you ever want to try online dating, I would recommend you read this book first. You might want to rethink your decision. Not that there is anything wrong with online dating, but this book will prepare you and make you aware of what to expect.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather Adkins

    These fun and quirky short stories are extremely well-written and thoughtful. At times they feel like poetry, other times like literature, and then, some of the stories are just plain hilarious. This book easily helps any woman understand that she is NOT alone in the dating pool, and yes, there are some ridiculous men swimming around out there.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    I didn't find this book very funny. Very hit or miss. I found one or two lines very funny. Maybe I just don't get it. Perhaps, it's because I'm not post-menopausal and single. Plus, the cover got me trouble on Facebook. No good! I didn't find this book very funny. Very hit or miss. I found one or two lines very funny. Maybe I just don't get it. Perhaps, it's because I'm not post-menopausal and single. Plus, the cover got me trouble on Facebook. No good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Don't let the title and cover scare you away. It's far from being anything smutty. Nine shorts stories about dating after divorce. Some so short I'm not sure they qualify as a story on their own. Quick read, under an hour. Don't let the title and cover scare you away. It's far from being anything smutty. Nine shorts stories about dating after divorce. Some so short I'm not sure they qualify as a story on their own. Quick read, under an hour.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Issa

    This was a 99 cent Kindle purchase. It was okay, but it really felt like a divorced woman decided to publish the journal that helped her get through her divorce...without trying to edit it to make it more of a book and less of an exercise in self-indulgence.

  16. 5 out of 5

    J.A.

    I sincerely enjoyed reading Suzanne's Dating My Vibrator and giggled throughout the whole thing (especially at the Frosty fight!). It's a quick read and I wanted more (Sequel! Prequel! I want it all, lol). All in all, a wonderful collection of story stories that I will definitely recommend! I sincerely enjoyed reading Suzanne's Dating My Vibrator and giggled throughout the whole thing (especially at the Frosty fight!). It's a quick read and I wanted more (Sequel! Prequel! I want it all, lol). All in all, a wonderful collection of story stories that I will definitely recommend!

  17. 4 out of 5

    P.J. Jones

    This collection of short stories was hilarious. I bought it primarily for the cover, and I'm glad I did. One question for the author - how did you manage to date all of the losers I dated? Were you stalking my rejects? LOL! This collection of short stories was hilarious. I bought it primarily for the cover, and I'm glad I did. One question for the author - how did you manage to date all of the losers I dated? Were you stalking my rejects? LOL!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    The author's writing style isn't so bad but still, I didn't really care for this. I thought it would be funny and sardonic but mostly, it was just sad. I only laughed once. The author's writing style isn't so bad but still, I didn't really care for this. I thought it would be funny and sardonic but mostly, it was just sad. I only laughed once.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kipp Poe

    Had lots of fun with this book filled with short stories of a women placed back into the world of being single.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Looks delightfully cheeky!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A couple stories didn't have anything to do with dating. I wish she had more stories in this book. A couple stories didn't have anything to do with dating. I wish she had more stories in this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peter Labrow

    Nope, this isn't the sort of book I normally read but I wanted something short and light. It's funny, honest and at times moving. Really like it. Nice little collection of stories. Nope, this isn't the sort of book I normally read but I wanted something short and light. It's funny, honest and at times moving. Really like it. Nice little collection of stories.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tory

    Funny. Sad. Funny again. Life in the 21st century. Tyrpak nailed it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    audrey knox

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lucille Hernandez

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denise Standard

  27. 4 out of 5

    J.C. Phelps

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Walker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janet

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joann

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