Tamara Duricka Johnson’s 31 Dates in 31 Days is wonderful! This is the story about her dating experiment, which turned into an amazing learning experience (and eventually led to her marriage).
The memoir starts out with Tamara’s boyfriend dumping her (on the subway!), followed by her realization that she needs to completely overhaul her dating style. It’s easy to start dreaming about the potential future with someone after a single date. Tamara’s goal is to get control of that impulse. So she embarks on a one-month dating challenge to help her learn about herself and how she approaches dating. With the help of friends, Tamara sets up her project: she will go on 30 dates with 30 guys in 30 days. Date 31 will be a second date with one of the men she went out with in the previous 30 days. The rules are that the dates must be in public places, be alcohol free, be with single men, and be G-rated. In 31 Dates in 31 Days, Tamara shares her experience. She describes each date and each man. More to the point, she describes what she learns from each date and each man. Not just what she learns about dating, but what she learns about herself. Among the lessons that Tamara learns is that there are lots of good men out there, and not every date has to be the start of a relationship.
31 Dates in 31 Days was a lot of fun to read. Tamara is an excellent writer, and her story is thought-provoking and inspiring. She shares her thoughts and feelings, and the story comes across as honest and genuine. Plus, there are some great ideas for things to do on dates! If you want a book that is both fun and worthwhile, read this. It may not change your whole life, but it might help you look at your approach to relationships more clearly.
I’m glad that Tamara wrote this, and I’m glad that I read it.