In a lot of ways, this book reminded me of Around the World in 80 Dates by Jennifer Cox. British thirty-something single journalist becomes disillusioned with single life, dreams of meeting That Special Someone, and gets a magazine or book deal to try out an exciting new way to meet people. Wacky hijinks ensue, interspersed with thoughtful reflections on Finding True Love, and of course true love is in fact found by book’s end.
Unlike Jennifer Cox, Sean Thomas didn’t travel around the world — in fact, he barely left his computer chair (except for the actual dates, of course). Confirmed bachelor Sean decided to check out the exciting world of internet dating, and yes, wacky hijinks did ensue.
Thomas is a very funny writer, self-deprecating and occasionally thought-provoking. Since he’s a guy, writing frankly about love, sex and dating, the book is much raunchier than similar memoirs I’ve read by women, and probably raunchier than some readers will be comfortable with. (It also includes a hilarious, cautionary, but kind of disgusting chapter on his foray into the seamier side of internet dating — “adult” dating sites and online porn). Still, it’s interesting to get a guy’s -eye-view on these things sometimes (I’ve learned, for example, that there are apparently nice and intelligent men who will turn down a girl they otherwise like and find attractive, just because she’s too tall. I’m lucky my husband wasn’t one of them). Millions of Women is a fun and intriguing read, and by the end, actually kind of sweet.