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Publisher's Summary

Forget online dating, matchmakers, and awkward setups. In this insightful essay, Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World, exposes the secrets behind the latest solution for finding love in the twenty-first century.

The new dating craze among the divorced, recently broken up with, and frustrated singles of Los Angeles starts with the creation of “the List.” The converted swear by it - just write down everything you want in a partner, and the cosmos will provide. But could such a simple, old-fashioned technique actually work? Enter Jade, who investigates this increasingly popular path to a soul mate, with charming and hilarious effects, tracing the history of list making - and learning about dating and love along the way.

The List is part of The Real Thing, a collection of moving, hilarious, and big-hearted essays on the modern realities of friendship, romance, commitment, and love. Each story can be listened to in a single sitting.

©2018 Jade Chang (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Interesting story. Don’t share may of the beliefs about lists but it was a good ‘read’...

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The List!

Enjoyed the way she incorporated some metaphysical beliefs in the story without altering its flow.

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Audiobook and Kindle in Motion!

The List by Jade Chang is the first piece in The Real Thing Collection. Each book is short enough to read in one sitting. I listened to the audiobook on Audible, and it was about 50 minutes long. The plot description tells you exactly what this story is about so I won't bore you with my own extra details. :-) I randomly came across this series on Amazon as I was aimlessly browsing. It sounded good to me, and because it was also available on Audible, I grabbed it. I sometimes enjoy listening to shorter books and stories in between the longer ones, and this one fit the bill perfectly. If liked it, I could easily move my way through the collection, as they are all fairly short. Each story is written and narrated by a different author and can be read in any order.

I really wanted to love The List, but, truthfully, I wasn't overly impressed. To me, the story was just kind of "blah," and the narration wasn't bad, but it wasn't super good, either. Basically, it just gave me something to listen to while I did some organizing.

My original plan was to give the audiobook a rating of 3-3.5 stars, but after reading some of the reviews on Amazon in regards to the Kindle version, I decided to give that a try, as maybe I misjudged it. It is a Kindle in Motion book, which means you are able to view animated illustrations and videos on some of the pages as you read. You also have the option to turn them off, making the format the same as other books in your Kindle library. I thought the Kindle in Motion features added to my overall reading experience, so I bumped my rating up a star. For those who are going to get this book, I recommend you give this version a try.

Because each of the pieces in this collection are short, I'm going to give the next one a try. I like being able to sample writing from various authors because I might find a new favorite!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)