Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

Playing with Matches

In the tradition of Good in Bed and The Assistants comes a funny and smart comedy about a young matchmaker balancing her messy personal life and the demands of her eccentric clients.Sasha Goldberg has a lot going for her: a recent journalism degree from NYU, an apartment with her best friend Caroline, and a relationship that would be amazing if her finance-bro boyfriend Jonathan would ever look up from his BlackBerry. But when her dream career fa...

Details Playing with Matches

TitlePlaying with Matches
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

Reviews Playing with Matches

  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Mini review:Minor spoilers ahead!DNFGR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Let's Get It On. When I had heard about this book through Twitter I was excited! I haven't read a book about matchmaking and the synopsis sounded hilarious. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.The beginning was good! I was invested and the writing really brought out Sasha's personality. As I read on I realized that Playing with Matches is one of those really readable books. In t...
  • Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
    I was looking for a quick read to breeze through the weekend, and Playing with Matches did not disappoint. Fun and fresh, it makes a perfect vacation read; or, if you need something light to break up those ugly cry drama reads – well then, why not pick up this one? It is available for purchase on Tuesday, June 26th!Sasha Goldberg has the life other’s are envious of – which is why they hire matchmakers, right? – a successful, handsome boyf...
  • Kendall
    What originally drew me to this book was the title and the cover! Cover gush!
  • Sarah Joint
    This is book candy, sweet and easy to savor - but not so sweet it'll hurt your stomach. It was exactly what I needed to read right now and it's a great summer release. There's plenty of cute moments, romance, and humor. The main character is quite charming, a young college graduate living in Manhattan. Job offers in her chosen field of journalism aren't exactly falling in her lap, so she's keeping her options open. Browsing the job offers on Crai...
  • Kristy
    Sasha Goldberg's plans as a writer are quickly derailed when her boss tells her he doesn't have the funds to hire her on after her graduation. She's stuck--in New York City--without a Plan B. When she sees a job listing for a matchmaker, she's intrigued. Sasha's secret is that her parents met through a kind of matchmaker: her father chose her mom through a catalog and paid for her to come to the United States from Russia. Of course, it didn't exa...
  • Amy
    One of the first things I thought when I started this one was, thank god I don’t have to navigate dating anymore! Back when I was single the internet was in it’s infancy, there were definitely no apps much less dating apps. Mybfirst cell phone was a travesty, there was nothing smart about it. It wasn’t quite as huge as Zach Morris dinosaur phone, but it wasn’t much better. Hats off to all you guys trying to date in this crazy era, I don...
  • Crystal King
    What an absolutely fun book this is! I was thrilled to receive an advanced copy of this novel and it did not disappoint. Sasha Goldberg is a matchmaker for an elite dating service, one that specializes in customized connections. The thing is, her own life is riddled with disconnections, resulting in a rollicking good read as Sasha tries to make sense of the various relationships that have turned her life topsy-turvy. It's a fast moving, romantic ...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARSI received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I was captivated by the cover of this book when I first saw it on the Simon and Schuster Instagram stories. Look how simply stunning it is! It's pink! It features cartoons! Two of my favourite things to include in a cover for a book. I know I'm being shallow by judging a book by it's cover but a girl just loves her pink. This book also screamed romance and...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    3.5 starsLittle did I realize that I had actually seen this author on a panel when I attended an event for Match Made in Manhattan and the Strand Bookstore. I remember her discussing this book and thought I needed to get my hands on a copy and lo, and behold, here I have one!Dating in New York is HARD y'all. HARD! I've lived in a variety of cities and have found New York to be the hardest. Whether it's because there's just such an abundance of pe...
  • Roshan Berentes
    Playing with Matches is about a fresh-out-of-college New Yorker who tries to make sense of her love life while working at a high-profile match making agency. The book explores the huge societal pressure women face to find that one perfect match. While sending a profound message, Playing with Matches is hilarious and impossible to put down! Perfect summer read--a breath of fresh air full of wit and great characters. Also maybe the most instagramma...
  • Elyssa
    Ms. Orenstein has lovingly, delightfully crafted a story that will have you turning pages so fast that time will also fly! It's a delicious story about a young matchmaker that I couldn't put down, one I kept getting excited about picking up, that I would think about while on my way to work, and that I was sad had finished when it was over.
  • Amy
    I was enjoying this until 90% and then I swear to god it turned into a horror story. I feel misled by the summary. This is more of a coming-of-age contemporary novel than a romance. The romantic interest(s) are terrible, and I guess that's the lesson I'm supposed to come away with about men in general. But any man in his 30s perving on a woman just out of college can't be trusted, so I should have known. Probably what bugs me the most is that, wh...
  • Stacey
    What a fun and unique read! Living in New York, I loved seeing the city through someone else's eyes — and now have some new recommendations for restaurants and bars! I found myself thinking about the main character and what she would do next when I wasn't even reading the book. Personally, I think that shows the skill of the writer: keeping me interested in her story at all times. I absolutely loved this book.
  • Simone
    When I first started this book, I thought I was going to get another Devil Wears Prada where a young woman who knows nothing about matchmaking is thrust to deliver romance to strangers. When the book starts, you read that Sasha is the product of something I thought was just a myth; her father purchased her mom on a Russian bride catalog.Like, wow. Can we please unpack that life for a bit? This isn't something you read all the time especially sinc...
  • Melissa
    Playing with Matches had been recommended to me by someone who shares similar tastes in novels. She knows my preferences too well, as I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. I was thinking about it whenever I wasn't immersed in the pages. Hannah Orenstein uses sharp and witty dialogue to make her characters come to life. I love that the story is set in NYC and you can really feel the vibe of the city through her descripti...
  • Kelsey
    As much fun as reading Hannah's tweets (which you should understand is the highest of praise)
  • Melissa Italiano
    This was such a fun beach read! Classic rom-com style. Gives off Devil Wears Prada vibes but for matchmaking which is something entertainment media hasn't really touched upon yet!Books On The Subway picked it for this month's #OffTheRailsBookClub which met last night. We had the pleasure of having the author come and answer some questions and it made the book even more enjoyable to learn that so much of it is based on her own experience.This book...
  • Georgia Clark
    Delightful. A fun and relatable rom-com for the Tinder age. Get ready to swipe right!
  • Colleen
    I've been duped by books twice in my reading career. The first was when I didn't read a description well enough and ended up reading a Jane Austen retelling when I'm just not a fan, and the other time was this book. I loved the book. All the way up until about 95%, where, I am very sad to say, the ending completely ruined the whole thing for me. The premise is great: fresh from college, Sasha needs to job. She sees an ad for a matchmaking service...
  • Janelle
    Thanks so much Touchstone Books for providing my free copy of PLAYING WITH MATCHES by Hannah Orenstein - all opinions are my own.This is the perfect palate cleanser to balance out those heavy reads. It’s easy-breezy, quickly paced, addictive, and so much fun to read! I kept flipping through the pages to see what decisions our main protagonist would make next. The story centers on Sasha Goldberg, a recent college graduate living in New York City...
  • Meredith Schorr
    I really enjoyed this debut novel! I found the vibe to be very much like The Devil Wears Prada and Bond Girl, both books I also liked a lot. Great writing style. It was so much fun reading about a young matchmaker with zero experience trying to set other people up while her own relationship was imploding. I liked Sasha a lot. She had her flaws, but she was a good person at the heart of it and so, so young. The book managed to be very sexy at time...
  • Lisa
    I really needed this mindless book about finding love in NYC after the last one. Would recommend to someone who needs a quick beach read.
  • Gaele
    Sasha has everything she thought important on graduating from NYU: a great apartment in NYC, a roommate/best friend, a boyfriend and the world at her feet. But, when her dream job isn’t at her fingertips, she’s got to find something, and the advert for Bliss, a matchmaking service just may be her only option. Oh sure, people can scoff at arranged relationships, or even internet dating: but she knows that it works – her parents are her examp...
  • Brittany
    After reading this I suppose I can see why so many people have enjoyed it but unfortunately, I wasn't one of them. The cover and title both caught my attention, but the overall story just didn't work for me. *ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Patty
    Playing with Matches by Hannah Orestein is a story of Sasha Goldberg being hired as a New York City matchmaker, she is twenty-one. For me this book was just OK, I enjoy this type of book, but I really didn't care for any of the characters. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
  • michele
    A fun, light read, perfect for the summer. I did lose a little interest mid way through, but was happy I continued reading. The ending surprised me, it wasn't as fluffy as I assumed it would be and I loved that.
  • Tess
    A total fun summer beach read that I ate up in two days. It can sometimes be a bit too self aware, and a lot of NYC insidery stuff that may be a turn off to some, but it moved fast and was a fun world to escape into.
  • Emma Benshoff
    Fun, easy read!
  • Kate Vocke
    Ummm can I please be a matchmaker for my job so I can just date cute boys all day and my husband has to let me cause um hello - it's my JOB! OK that sounds weird, and I think I'm a bit old saying "cute boys" but hey, I'm just dreaming right?!Sasha Goldberg is young, pretty, fresh out of NYU, has a gorgeous boyfriend working in finance, and an amazing roommate who is basically a sister to her. When her dream job working for falls though...
  • Kari | Books For The Living
    This was a light and easy read that’s perfect for the beach or relaxing weekend at home.Sasha is trying to get by in NYC. Desperate for a job, she accepts a position as a matchmaker for a big matchmaking company. She’s young, inexperienced and doesn’t know what she’s doing. But at least she has a job and is in a committed long-term relationship. Even though her boyfriend works long hours, and seems to be putting his career before her, she...