Granny Is My Wingman by Kayli Stollak
At twenty-three, Kayli Stollak, like most starry-eyed twentysomethings, assumed that she and her boyfriend, Charlie, would be together forever. Besides a rockin’ sex life, they shared a passion for motorcycle adventures, hedonistic European music festivals, and wearing matching glittery spandex to the disco. What more could a gal ask for? She envisioned their love burning well into their sixties.
And then he dumped her.
Heartbroken, Kayli turned to her seventy-five-year-old granny for support. And this ain’t no ordinary granny. Granny Gail is a ball-busting, sh*t-talking, gossipy yenta with an anecdote or piece of unsolicited advice for every situation. Granny didn’t sugarcoat the truth or let Kayli dwell on her failed relationship. No, Granny told her to cut the crap and snap out of it. Why didn’t Kayli give “one of those dating websites” a shot? With her ego on the line, Kayli threw the dare right back at her—if it was so wonderful, why didn’t single Granny join her in the world of cyber romance?
Granny Is My Wingman chronicles Kayli’s and Granny’s misadventures in online dating. What ensues is a hilarious tour through the obstacles of modern love: drunken hookups, late-night Facebook stalking, breathy phone calls with geriatric suitors, and the occasional rude dude. While Kayli powers through a marathon of OkCupid dates—the corporate drone married to his BlackBerry, the nail-biting thirty-three-year-old who still lives at home with his mom, the serial online dater—we learn about Granny’s romantic past and the bittersweet affair she carried on, even while married, for more than thirty years. The two women cheer each other on and become even closer as they share their dating exploits, learning that the hunt for happiness is the same whether you’re twenty-five or seventy-five.
Fresh, funny, and honest, Granny Is My Wingman is a book for anyone who has ever found love, lost it, and been crazy enough to do it all over again.
This was a fun and entertaining read about the author's year of online dating. Kayli with her Granny as sidekick decided to tackle this virtual venture after a finding out her ex-boyfriend has moved on and started a new relationship. From building up a profile to going on dates both Kayli and Granny found out so much more about themselves than expected. The tone was lighthearted but still carried an element of truth regarding how people connect and how dating is more fun than you might think.
About the Author:
KAYLI STOLLAK studied film production at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She started the blog Granny Is My Wingman to share her and Granny Gail's online dating escapades. The blog has been featured on Oprah.com, CNN, Nylon, and Good Morning America. @grannywingman grannyismywingman.com
Title: Granny Is My Wingman
Author: Kayli Stollak
Genre: Autobiographical, ChickLit
Published: October 15, 2013
Publisher: New Harvest
Rating: ♨♨♨♨ 4 of 5 (Fun, fantastic and engaging, its like Sex in the City with the Golden Girls. A close knit bond between Granny and Kayli is something most people with be envious of)
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