As one of the latest Twitter dramas proved, there are definitely some good male writers out there who cover dating, sex, and relationships. However, when it comes to relatable content about their dating experiences, the space is still overwhelmingly female-dominated.
Enter Marcello. For those of you who are unaware, Marcello writes a dating blog for the women’s business website We Are The City. His articles come in the form of humorous self-deprecating anecdotes of his dating experiences in London. Last year, he released a book titled Love In The City on a similar theme.
I’ll make a confession: I’m not a huge reader. Despite being able to read fluently before I started primary school and going through my fair share of books back in the day, over the years I fell out of the habit of reading and started spending my procrastination-time on social media instead. I have a short attention span, so now I’m out of the habit it’s really difficult for me to get stuck into a book. But once I got into Love In The City, I felt drawn right into Marcello’s world. He effortlessly captures the daily grind of the corporate world, along the the frustration of dating. I, and I’m sure many other women, often feel that with the sheer volume of weird men on dating sites, dating as a minimally attractive man must be like being a kid in a candy store. But Marcello’s book reminded me that dating can often be as difficult, self-doubt inducing, and fruitless for men too. His tales of awkward dates, rejection, and managing to put his foot in his mouth were hilarious and highly relatable. One of the frustrating things about blogging is that it’s a bit like being a pop star- hard work and talent matter, but a lot of it comes down to luck. You see some really mediocre writers with huge followings, but every so often you come across a really talented writer like Marcello and wonder- why is this person not Twitter-famous?
One thing I would have to mention though is that I did recognise some of the content in the book from blog posts of his that I have read. So if you’re an avid reader of his column you may be a bit disappointed. For this reason too, as I got further through the book I felt a bit like there was a lack of a crescendo in the storyline. However, I did love the plot twist at the end- but I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you what it is!
Overall, I did enjoy the book, and would recommend it to new readers who are looking for witty and relatable content on dating from a straight man’s perspective. The novel is a great debut, and hopefully the start of great things to come from Marcello.