Saturday, July 17, 2010

Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker by Marla Martenson

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:

The inside scoop from the Cupid of Beverly Hills, who has brought together countless couples who have gone on to live happily ever after. But for every success story there are ridiculously funny dating disasters with high-maintenance, out-of-touch, impossible to please, dim-witted clients!

In Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Marla takes her readers for a hilarious romp through her days as an L.A. matchmaker and her daily struggles to keep her self-esteem from imploding in a town where looks are everything and money talks. From juggling the demands her out-of-touch clients to trying her best to meet the capricious demands of an insensitive boss to the ups and downs of her own marriage to a Latin husband who doesn't think that she is 'domestic' enough, Marla writes with charm and self-effacement about the universal struggles that all women face in their lives.

Readers will laugh, cringe, and cry as they journey with her through outrageous stories about the indignities of dating in Los Angeles, dealing with overblown egos, vicariously hobnobbing with celebrities, and navigating the wannabe-land of Beverly Hills. In a city where perfection is almost a prerequisite, even Marla can't help but run for the Botox every once in a while.


Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker reads like an extra-long addition to one of those trashy yet fun to read celebrity magazines. You know the type. Glamorous, exciting, and funny. But this book has something most of those magazines don't have. Those aspects? Substance and an extra-dose of reality.

Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker tells different tales straight from author Marla Martenson's life. Stories that include dealing with her Matchmaker status and the tasks that come with it, to encounters with various celebs, to promoting her first book, to writing her next among many others. These stories were often told in an engaging tone, one never failed to make me feel like I was right there with her the entire time, laughing at the funny parts and cringing and relating at some of the others.

The only aspects I truly disliked about this book were her shifty transitions between scenes and her habitat of reiterating unnecessary info.

Regardless of all that, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker is a novel I highly suggest to all of you out there looking for a funny and honest look of life in Beverly Hills. Also, Marla Martenson is an author I'll definitely be going back to for future reading material.

Grade: B

Diary of a Beverly Hilss Matchmaker is now out!

Source: Author. Thanks, Marla!


  1. This looks like a cute one! I will have to hunt it down.

  2. Cute title, cover, and description. I'll look it up.

  3. Love the sound of this! I'm in the perfect mood for a fun read. Excellent review, Lauren! I'll have to read this book eventually.

    I have a contest for Kirsten Miller's The Eternal Ones! No one is currently entered!



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