F*ck Kissing Frogs

A Guide To Online Dating For Women Over 40

Non-Fiction - Relationships
125 Pages
Reviewed on 03/03/2024
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

F*ck Kissing Frogs by Nina Jarnum is a guide to online dating for women over forty. Jarnum uses her personal experiences to craft a forward-thinking view of middle-aged dating. The author supplies statistics that support the success of online dating and discusses certain well-known platforms for discovering a match. Jarnum helps readers understand their age versus their dating age while addressing their attributes as they search for an ideal date. She gives practical advice about the way to build a dating profile and the pictures to add to it, encouraging authenticity, and includes thoughts on algorithms and how to make them work for the individual. Jarnum writes about sex and boundaries and offers advice on integrating children after a deeper connection forms.

After building a booming dating profile, Nina Jarnum went on many dates with nice men, prompting her friends to ask for her secret. While Jarnum didn't realize she had built a model profile, she understood her success and sought to help others. Jarnum produces a practical framework for realistic expectations and guides you in making choices that will better benefit your dating goals. Her approach is conversational, so reading her book is more like having a conversation with a friend than looking through self-help text. Jarnum doesn't leave you after a date has been arranged. She encourages you through the first connection, providing tips for making it a good experience. I found F*ck Kissing Frogs inspirational, as she directs people away from potentially toxic societal norms and motivates them to listen to their instincts. Jarnum digs deeper, urging you to think about ways you may talk to your children about the people you date and shattering perceived gender roles in relationships.

Jamie Michele

In Fuck Kissing Frogs, Nina Jarnum examines dating for those over forty, dubbed the "bridge generation," in the digital age. She talks about the challenges and opportunities presented by online dating, stressing the importance of self-reflection, setting boundaries, and aligning expectations with reality. Jarnum provides insights into selecting the right dating platform, crafting effective profiles, and navigating initial interactions. She speaks on the significance of clear communication, self-awareness, and managing expectations while cautioning against common pitfalls such as unrealistic standards and societal pressures. Jarnum also discusses identifying red flags, or, as she calls them, frog flags, advocating for honesty, and embracing authenticity in the pursuit of meaningful connections. Throughout, Jarnum encourages prioritizing desires and boundaries while approaching dating with a mindset of curiosity and self-assurance.

I have a dear single friend over the age of fifty who frequently jokes that her online dating experiences make her feel like she's in a dog show and is a herding dog forced to compete in the sporting dog category. In Nina Jarnum's book, we are in a dating pool, and while the title of her book, Fuck Kissing Frogs, is hilarious, she takes a no-nonsense approach to advising readers on how to best start wading into it. I felt that setting up online dating profiles was the most interesting part. The number of times we've seen photos of people from back when they were 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter as default pictures is innumerable. In dating, Jarnum points out that, aside from not aligning with reality, one loses out on attracting matches who are genuinely interested in them rather than a misrepresented version of themselves. The writing style is straightforward, easy to follow, and feels very personal, especially when Jarnum gives anecdotal stories. Overall, this is a much-needed and wonderfully compiled resource for those who are done kissing frogs.

Christine Nguyen

F*ck Kissing Frogs: A Guide To Online Dating For Women Over 40 by Nina Jarnum is a practical tool for people entering the online dating scene for the first time. The author hopes to help women find the courage to take control of their love life step-by-step in a very easy-to-follow and understand format. Details are provided to write a captivating and appealing dating profile that will draw attention to your profile to maximize the most compatible dating partners. The importance of training the algorithms to get better options is revealed. Dating history and relationship patterns are explored so that past mistakes are not repeated in the present to give any new relationship the best possible chance of succeeding.

Nina Jarnum writes in a very entertaining and relatable manner. She inspires optimism and confidence with her personal experiences to help debunk many myths about online dating. She is the friend that every woman needs to help her feel more at ease in entering the unknown territory of online dating. Instead of being intimidated by online dating apps, she makes it fun and exciting. Jarnum’s sparkling personality shines throughout the pages and I found myself feeling as if I could relate to her on many levels. I especially enjoyed her sense of humor as is evident in the title of the book, F*ck Kissing Frogs. The tips provided can be used for any person at any age, not just for women over 40. A highly entertaining guide!