The Hypothetical Girl

The Hypothetical Girl By Elizabeth Cohen, The Hypothetical Girl Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site An online forum for cancer su
  • Title: The Hypothetical Girl
  • Author: Elizabeth Cohen
  • ISBN: 9781590515839
  • Page: 379
  • Format: ebook
  • The Hypothetical Girl By Elizabeth Cohen, Love meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site An online forum for cancer support turns into a love triangle for an English professor, a Canadian fisherman, and an elementary school teacher living in Japan A deer and a polar bear flirt via Skype ILove meets technology with a dash of quirk in this collection of highly original short stories An aspiring actress meets an Icelandic Yak farmer on a matchmaking Web site An online forum for cancer support turns into a love triangle for an English professor, a Canadian fisherman, and an elementary school teacher living in Japan A deer and a polar bear flirt via Skype In The Hypothetical Girl a menagerie of characters graze and jockey, play and hook up in the online dating world with mixed and sometimes dark results Flirting and communicating in chat rooms, through texts, e mails, and IMs, they grope their way through a virtual maze of potential mates, falling in and out of what they think and hope may be true love With levity and high style, Cohen takes her readers into a world where screen and keyboard meet the heart, with consequences that range from wonderful to weird The Hypothetical Girl captures all the mystery, misery, and magic of the eternal search for human connection.
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    About "Elizabeth Cohen"

    1. Elizabeth Cohen

      Elizabeth Cohen is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she serves as the fiction editor for the Saranac Review Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road Random House, 2003 , was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in SELF, MORE, Newsweek, People, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review, among other publications.She lives in Plattsburgh, New York, with her daughter, Ava and way, way too many cats.

    378 thoughts on “The Hypothetical Girl”

    1. This is a marvelous book poignant, witty, tender, humane, honest, and very playful and clever with language and literary references Though all the stories deal with internet relationships of one kind of another, they are in no way trivial the internet becomes a trope for deep romantic longing and wishful thinking Who doesn t know these feelings, and who, by now, doesn t know the crazy fascination exerted by social media, the way they reach tentacles into our everyday lives and psyches The Hypoth [...]


    2. In the hands of Elizabeth Cohen, these short stories capture both the world we live in and the virtual world we dwell in, particularly regarding the search for love and identity online I ended up falling in love with Cohen s richly drawn characters, her unique, spot on voice and these very entertaining plot lines that, for better or worse, hold a mirror up to who we are and who we present ourselves to be A great read.


    3. Individually, the stories are wonderful, charming, modern and speak to the way we live and love in this day and age As a whole, the collection starts to feel repetitive There is too much similarity among the stories and toward the end, they become indistinct.Still, individually, great, great stuff here I like this writer s work.



    4. This collection of short stories starts off with several about online dating They are actually a bit formulaic and repetitive Towards the end, the stories morph away from strictly online dating, but everything is still focused on relationships, or mainly the dissolution of them, and I found the gimmicks tiresome On top of that, soul patches are described with affection TWICE So gotta go


    5. Finding love has always been fraught with challenges, and in our modern age of on line dating it s become even perplexing In Elizabeth Cohen s collection of short stories in her latest release The Hypothetical Girl people turn to the Internet to find true love.Well, replacing face to face contact with digital dating doesn t exactly make things easier in the romance department In fact, it often makes things harder and hearts do get broken as Cohen conveys in this mostly satisfying book.In People [...]


    6. This collection of short stories by Elizabeth Cohen explores online dating from the hook up sites to the serious find a spouse sites Each story introduces a new character searching for love or companionship via online dating sites with very mixed results People Who Live Far, Far Away focuses on online dating as a means to escape a less than ideal real life In Love, Really, the language describing the rush of emotions and giddiness of a new relationship is framed by two middle aged lovers who be [...]


    7. The Hypothetical GirlBy Elizabeth CohenThis book consists of a series of short stories about online dating, which is a mystery to me, since I m married and predate it The first one, Animal Dancing , is charming a woman s fond hopes that this mysterious other with whom she has communicated will prove to be exactly what he seems online Will an in person encounter wreck the illusions of both parties Other stories are darker, but they bump along like real life sometimes you win, sometimes you lose S [...]


    8. The Hypothetical Girl by Elizabeth Cohen is a collection of short stories of love, identity and internet.Each character is looking for love online, usually a transformative love that will solve everything and bring brilliance to the mundane They each want so very desperately to meet and connect with someone else online.There s a hint of the bizarre running through the book, but isn t meeting and falling in love kind of bizarre anyway Cohen s characters pretend to be Icelandic yak farmers while l [...]


    9. Reading this book was like talking to your best friend the day after a first date and having just the perfect words to describe what happened You know, we ve all been there Had a lousy date, wanted to find a silver lining out of what was a ridiculous way to have spent an evening and always wanted to give your best friend something to laugh about I wish Cohen could have scripted some of my post date mortems Cohen s stories made me reflect and cringe about some of my past dates and appreciate the [...]


    10. Before we begin, I would like to note This is my first time reviewing a short story collection How exciting The Hypothetical Girl is a collection of stories by Elizabeth Cohen that center around the idea of online dating The characters are undeniably realistic They change their profiles to make themselves seem interesting, they day dream about this date finally being the one, and most of all they just like those of us here in the real world are all searching for true connection to another human [...]


    11. This is book is wonderfully written, with characters who are yearning to love, and be loved In some of the short stories the characters, some of whom are animals, are being kept apart, because of the many odd and often unstated rules that are applied to potential romantic and sexual relationships It is a little bit like a modern Pride and Prejudice Cohen s stories are beautiful, haunting, honest, and, of course, often sad, given the fact that these are love stories I found myself getting very co [...]


    12. There is something for everyone in this short story collection centering on on line dating Obviously, some stories resonated than others, but there was enough in every one to make them enjoyable Anyone who has ever dated, whether online or otherwise, will find this collection amusing Cohen s tone is perfect and made it all the enjoyable.Like most short story collections, this book is perfect for dipping in and out of Each story can be read in one sitting, making it the ideal book to keep with [...]


    13. I simply did not like the writing style of this compilation and was not really impressed with the theme of them as well.It was funny at times and some of the stories actually had meaning such as The Hypothetical Girl and Love Quiz Another point is that the stories went from really mundane to really strange in a manic way which was not collective The latter half of the book was definitely enjoyable There were some great word choices overall which was fantastic but other than that I can t really [...]


    14. This author is brilliant How can she write about mostly badly ending internet romances with such humor and insight and make it all seem so fresh and appealing It does make me thank God I am married and don t have to navigate amongst the goatee wearing sharks and three legged octopi that makes up the dating poolHighly recommended


    15. Bite sized short stories about modern dating told in a quirky manner Yes after a while some of them get a bit repetitive, despite how their outcomes differ Thankfully the quirkiness manages to keep the reader interested enough.


    16. This is going in the unfinished pile because there is no way I m going to finish it My Nook died last month, and I m not going to get a chance to deal with it for the foreseeable future.Good stories A bit odd, but definitely fun.


    17. In recent years, there s been the argument of print books vs e books Those who embrace technology go toward e readers, complementing its convenience and sleek structure But books are so much cozier, print lovers say Well, in my hand, I held a supporting factor of both The Hypothetical Girl by Elizabeth Cohen Its physical copy is small, hand held and packed with Internet love stories gone wrong This topic is blowing up recently There is a matchmaker site for every kind of person, and there are no [...]


    18. This collection of fifteen short stories which I heard about via then saw at the library has been good jury duty reading, by which I mean it s light and easy enough that I could comfortably read it during breaks, even if several simultaneous conversations were happening around me Light and easy, though, isn t necessarily my favorite kind of short story, and I found myself wanting interest, weirdness, challenge All the stories are about looking for love online, which is a reasonably interestin [...]


    19. Elizabeth Cohen has written a smart and funny collection of stories that I would consider to be the Sex the City of the online dating world Her looking for love characters may not be as glamorous or as young as Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, but they do have the same bittersweet vulnerability that made me want to root for their happy ending despite circumstances that seemed to be against every possibility for one But that want pulled me through the book, story after story, and that s [...]


    20. matthewejackson book rThis is one of the many books I discovered at the 2014 Frankfurt Buchmesse The Hypothetical Girl, by Elizabeth Cohen I have to show my appreciation to Other Press the publisher of this collection of short stories , because I was actually given a free copy of the book when I stopped by their booth for a second time to show this book and another, which will be reviewed soon to KK as one of the new books I had discovered on my Friday at the fair.This book of short stories was [...]


    21. Elizabeth Cohen has put together fifteen short stories that all dwell on some aspect of love While many of the stories deal with the pros and cons of online dating, they all go much deeper than that You have Alana who finally finds the perfect man for her through an online website The question is, should she risk meeting him and possibly having her heart broken because that s what happens in real life Or should she keep him just out of reach, on the other side of computer screen, where they both [...]


    22. Ok, let s start by saying that I am probably not this book s target audience I m not entirely sure who this books target audience is, but it s definitely not me I grabbed it off the advanced readers cart because I thought it could be a fun, light read But I got frustrated with it.There were only three stories that I actually liked Love, Really Heart Food and Dog People And by liked maybe I mean didn t find anything horribly wrong with I think writing a collection of short stories must be really [...]


    23. I am familiar with the writing style of this author because I took classes with her as an UnderGrad I really liked the book It had hints of places I ve been to for example, The Ground Round, which is mentioned in the first short story knowing the smell and the look of the place makes it fun to read and imagine what is going on The hints of satire mixed with sarcasm and light warm heartedness makes for an easy read I love the fact that the book is based around online dating Living in this techno [...]


    24. In this astute story collection, Elizabeth Cohen writes about dating in the digital age Navigating various dating sites, creating a real or fabricated profile, various internet flirtations, anticipating actual meetings In the opening story Animal Dancing, Cohen writes I am a giver I am fun I am interesting and I have spectacular eyes Someone will find me Someone will love me Would you take a chance on a potential long distance relationship as described in People Who Live Far, Far Away A cool Ice [...]


    25. Thank you, Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewIf you are a member of an internet dating website, there s a 95% chance that you have lied about who you are If not that, then the people you interact with are most certainly not entirely what they make themselves out to be.That is exactly what this book of shorts is about Love and lies in cyberspace.Insanely funny and absolutely un put downable, I read this in one go On the weird side, it had me guessing about who everyone of my fr [...]


    26. i read an ARC from book expo i grabbed it because i loved the title and when i saw the description of the stories all that online interaction , i knew i needed this book.i loved it not every single bit of it, mind you some stories resonated with me, as will happen with any reader and any book but there was enough in every story that made leaving each one a little sad i don t know if this author has novels, i have to see, but i would read them.women and men who want to connect they are not despe [...]


    27. A collection of stories that are stretched over the frame of what feels to me like a thin preoccupation, which is online dating Some of the stories don t do much than drop a character into a relationship that goes awry in a comic, Candice Bushnell kind of way But others engage somewhat richer material there are a couple that deal with caring for aged or sick parents, and others deal with children and how they can fit into a life and give it a kind of shape, meaning, or sense of fulfillment Othe [...]


    28. I m having trouble rating this collection A few of these in isolation are excellent, but all of them at once is a fairly disheartening read, and I even made an effort to space them out in time Basically every story is about fooling oneself or others about who you are and what you want from love, and also being disappointed in the person on the other end of the online exchange Much of it rings true for dating, online or otherwise, but still It seems excessively bleak And, importantly, repetitive [...]


    29. If you are single and an adult in this day and age, chances are you have either seriously checked out, flirted with, or used the services of some sort of online dating service Elizabeth Cohen recognizes this modern day trend and, in a series of short stories, outlines some of the sadder and pitiful stories that can emerge from the online dating world The Hypothetical Girl is a collection of short stories that is witty, funny, and sometimes painfully accurate in portraying life in the modern, te [...]


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