At first glance, Goodreads seemed like a great guy for a long-term relationship. He was always there for me. He was always saying, “You’re so pretty,” and “You’re so smart.” Mom and friends swooned. What more could I want from the man who said, “You’ll always be my five-star.” Sure, his drunk friends would occasionally troll and sneer, “She’s not all that,” but he was quick to roll eyes and clamor to my defense. After a while, it became a line. It became clear I wasn’t the only five-star in his life. It is time to shelve this relationship and start reading from a new relationship book.
The truth is, I wanted a man who took a stand. A Highlander, there can be only one, stand. I wanted a man who would say, “You are my one and only five-star.” His mom could be a four-star gal, and all of his ex-girlfriends could be at most two-stars. His five-star must be relegated to the best, the brightest, the Olympic-gold-world-record-holder. For my man, he could only give out one five- star review. I was done, done with the, “All women are five-stars,” kind of guy. It might be good for dating to dole out five-star reviews to every participant, but it ain’t good for marriage. I’m talking long term, someone I can grow old with.
So, Goodreads, I’m just not that into you. Your cover is great, and your lines are smooth as silk, but you lack character. Only I don’t have a way of telling you that. I’d give you five stars for your calculated plot and impeccable selection of setting for our dates, but your character development is one-star. If I add these measures and divide by three (11/3), you average a 3.6 – a number still not low enough to express how I feel about you. Here you look just slightly above average. Any future girlfriend has to sift through a lot of text to put this number in perspective. I want her to know what a scumbag you are, how you lured me with your appearance, your sweet talk, how you’re no better than Alec d’Urberville. You’re just another Dimmesdale, or Willoughby or Heathcliff.
I’ve moved on. I’ve got a new rating system. One that allows me to say, “That Alex Shakar, he has a great story line, but he keeps a really cluttered house” or, “Thanks, Chuck Palahniuk, for ruining the mega-store bathroom setting for me.” I’ve got more than one set of star ratings, because my five-star man has to be five stars on looks, substance AND direction. My five-star man is one of a kind.