My rating: 2 of 5 stars
With hints of the ever-reliable The Shop Around the Corner storyline (if you don’t know what I’m referring to, rent The Shop Around the Corner, In the Good Old Summer Time, or You’ve Got Mail and enjoy), Justine Faeth’s Chat Love, about a woman facing pressure from her family, her group of friends, her age, and her own desires to find love and a relationship so she resorts to online dating, has plenty of potential. But it isn’t particularly well executed.
I felt like I was reading a first draft rather than a fully fleshed out and edited work of fiction. The writing had a tendency to become repetitive while the characters weren’t always consistent with their thoughts and behavior. There were glimpses of humor but they faded before becoming fully realized. It was predictable but as a lover of romance novels and chick-lit, I’ve become used to that. In short, I simply feel that Chat Love just needs the love of a good editor to fulfill its potential.