Read 5/13/10 - 5/15/10
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended
God. How good does it feel to discover you are not the only one who has no clue how to date! In "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine", Ben Tanzer introduces us to two completely fucked up twenty-somethings trying to hook up in the 1990's in New York City.
Jen is a girl who knows what she wants, but is unsure how to fight for it. Geoff is a guy who has no idea what he wants, and can't be bothered to fight for it. It's a recipe for a dating disaster.
This book was a flashback to those achey, unsure, 'what the heck is he thinking - is he thinking what I'm thinking - God, am I coming off too needy - Why does he seem so distant' moments.
Tanzer places us inside the heads of Jen and Geoff as they work their way through their relationship. It's actually kind of a relief, watching them struggle. It almost validated everything I had ever gone through in my dating years. The insecurity, the embarrassment, the fear of getting physical too soon, or not soon enough.
The conversations are what makes this story work. Geoff seeks out the advice of his best friend Paul, who spews his words of wisdom Yoda-style in the back alley of their office, and the "Coffee Pot Crew" who are constantly contradicting one another but somehow all end up asking Geoff the same questions "What do you want"?
Jen confides in her mother, who sees too much of the man she married in her daughters love interest, her best friend Rhonda, who intermittently dates Geoffs BFF Paul and a married man, and her sister, who she is insanely jealous of.
If you have ever wanted a front row seat to both sides of a dysfunctional romantic relationship, you cannot afford to pass up this book.