September 20, 2021

#BookReview: First Date Stories by Jodi Klein

Synopsis: Ellen meets Jim at a posh restaurant, hoping for an evening of fine wine and better conversation. Maria sets out on a walk with a man she's been looking forward to meeting. In First Date Stories, these women, and others, enter into initial liaisons with well-honed expectations—and come out on the other side with extraordinary tales to tell.

Chances are, every woman in her mid-thirties and over who is seeking a loving companion has a first date tale of triumph or disaster. Each of the candid and memorable stories Jodi Klein shares here imparts a bit of wisdom—with the help of takeaway tips and inspirational quotes—to guide readers through what can be a baffling, intimidating, and sometimes lonely journey.

Before a promising first date, or after an awful one, First Date Stories offers readers the reminder that being single should be celebrated, that not all first dates are created equal, and that every initial encounter has the possibility to become something long-lasting and wonderful.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: I love hearing about people's stories, so this one was right up my ally.  I loved to learn about each women's experiences and felt that they each held a merit of humor, relatable stories, and one of a kind tales. 


“Readers will likely come to this book for the intriguing stories, but they’ll stay for the supportive common sense that the author dispenses, and they’ll appreciate her compassionate tone throughout. A sensible, readable, and, above all, forgiving overview of modern dating.”
Kirkus Reviews

First Date Stories gives the caliber of experiences that one hopes for when selecting a book . . . I absolutely loved this book and wholly appreciate the contributions that Jodi weaves into a fantastic anthology. Really well done.”
Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

“This collection of hopeful, relatable, funny, and admittedly eye roll–inducing stories wonderfully captures what it’s like to date in midlife, with savvy advice that will make dating easier for readers. A must-read for all single women who are considering getting out there or are back out there.”
―Erika Ettin, author of Love at First Site: Tips and Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker

First Date Stories had me laughing from the start. Jodi Klein is a wonderful storyteller, and she does a great job with description. Whether nibbling samples at a grocery store counter or conversing at a coffee shop, I felt like I was actually on each date. For someone who has been married for thirty-eight years, that's something. If you are single, this book, full of advice and warning signs, is for you. It’s intelligent, humorous, thought-provoking―the perfect companion.”
―Corie Adjmi, author Life and Other Shortcomings

“Such an enjoyable book! While many ‘seasoned daters’ can get frustrated with the process of finding a partner, Jodi Klein masterfully points out how each date provides us with valuable knowledge about ourselves and gets us one step closer to finding enduring love.”
―Marisa T. Cohen, relationship researcher and author of From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love

About the Author

Jodi Klein knows what it’s like to date longer and later in life. A demanding career and desire to find her “Mr. Yes” led to her becoming an alumna of nearly 400 dates over the course of 26 years. She founded First Date Stories—the podcast and the blog—as a platform for women to share their tales and wisdom so that others can overcome the trials of dating in midlife and find the long-term love they seek. Jodi is an entrepreneur, a marketing executive with over two decades of high-tech experience, a real estate broker, and the president of Espoir Ventures, LLC. She is a graduate of UC Davis and holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Jodi lives with her husband in San Francisco, where she spends time working with non-profits on social causes and rooting for her favorite sports teams. For more information, go to

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