Four female friends dissatisfied with the monotony of life in the Midwest turn to the Internet in hopes of finding love and happiness. Katie and Rob's divorce has been final for over two years when Katie decides she deserves something better. She narrows the something down to sex. Out of the dating game for fifteen years she joins Match.com in hopes of meeting someone with handsome who holds her attention and can bring some passion to her life. What she finds turns her off faster than it takes her computer to boot up. There are young men who don't have their stuff together and older men who only seem interested in bedding her without substance. When sis asked out by Ed, he seems charming and genuinely interested even if he is older than what Katie is interested in. She doesn't date Ed with her children in two like many divorcees she really tries to take her time to get to know him first.
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Claudia is over her marriage and her husband Steve. When he loses his job he opens a Facebook account and quickly acquires over 500 friends tuning Claudia out in the process. His other hobby has to do with television, Steve loves cooking shows. He sits parked in front of the television for hours watching shows, but doesn't make it to the kitchen to try out any recipes. Fred's obsession with Face book turns Claudia discovers even more. Claudia, hates the electronic age and believes that Facebook and other social media evils are responsible for many divorces. One of which may be hers. As she plots on the best way to leave Steve, she begins a relationship with her co-worker, Fred. He has no idea Claudia is married since she doesn't volunteer the information or wear a wedding ring.
Annie hails from New York city, and maintains an executive level job with Sprint in Kansas city. While she loves her job and her girlfriends, what she really wants out of Kansas city, and a baby. Not necessarily in that order. Without a husband or even a boyfriend on the horizon and her biological clock ticking she turns to the Internet in search of sperm banks that might hold a match for her baby's daddy. Her mother offers to find a nice man that may be willing to donate his sperm. Annie shocks her by telling her that she has already started checking out sperm banks. Mom decides to support Annie in any way she can.
Maxine and her husband Jake are going through a rough patch. Married for almost twenty years there is no more zing. They rarely make love and their attraction to one another seems to have fallen away with after the birth of each of their three children. Jake is a doctor and makes big bucks, he's shown Maxine the world and is always overly affectionate in front of others. This irritates Maxine to no end. It's all a sham.
Maxine is an artist, and though she put her career goals to the side to travel to medical conferences with Jake she finds her way back to the art that makes her feel alive. She taps into resources and is soon revitalized with creating pieces that give her life meaning beyond being the wife of a successful doctor. The art is good, but Maxine hides from the lack of passion in her marriage by turning to gossip sites. She compares her life to that of the stars and if an actress has an issue, Annie sees her problem through that lens. She knows that something is off kilter with how she is managing things but decides to keep her addiction to celebrity gossip a secret.
The friends vow to support each other through tough times although they are not always up front when things bother them. If they trusted each other a bit more with the painful stuff they may have been able to avoid some of the pitfalls.
Ed invites Katie to a very nice restaurant she accepts while declining his offer to pick her up. She isn't ready for him to know where she lives, or meet or children. Smart. She turns into a teenager during dinner obsessing with each bit of information he shares. Maybe, she's the one who isn't actually ready.
Maxine learns that Jake is texting a new hot, young doctor and he has never ever once texted Maxine. He denies that anything is going on sticking with his story. Maxine is given the opportunity to leave Kansas a week early to open up her exhibit in Los Angeles with all expenses paid. She accepts without talking to Jake. It's his turn to worry about the kid's schedule and transportation.
After dating a couple of men and stalking one in particular Annie settles on a sperm bank profile and makes an instant decision that this man has the qualities she wants. She purchases his sperm and hopes things turn out well.
Maxine and Jake decide to communicate with each other to try and save their sexless marriage. Turns out Jake needs a bit of help. He finds it in Viagra and things are getting hot and heavy with both parties enjoying sex again.
Katie decides that Ed is a nice guy and to give him a real chance. They meet by chance while Katie is treating her kids to what may be the last dining out experience for a while as she makes up her mind to move forward with her life. Her future will include sex and getting to know Ed's two sons.
Steve finds out about Claudia's affair with Fred and instead of losing his cool, he acknowledges that they have fallen out of love. He forgives her and they agree to an amicable divorce.
The friendship of four women takes a look at how much the world of technology affects real lives.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that the women were willing find ways to move past being unhappy.
Best scene in story:
My favorite scene was when Katie, Ed, and their kids shared a meal. She was finally willing to give Ed and love a chance.
Opinion about the main character:
I liked that Katie was such a good mom.