A Betchy Book Review: I Really Did Have a Nice Time

I’m not entirely sure how long I’ve been following The Betches, but it’s been a while. I’ve been following them pretty religiously since I first discovered them while I was poking around Facebook during school. I’ve been obsessed with their realistic, snarky posts ever since, and as a fellow Social Media Queen (no really, it’s my day job), The Betches’ social media game is strong AF.

So, I’ll start this off by admitting I may be a bit biased.

Then again, my bias doesn’t really matter much because I Had A Nice Time And Other Lies: How to Find Love & Shit Like That doesn’t even need my petty bias to be amazing. I mean, the title itself says it all (because let’s face it, we totally do judge a book by its cover).

That said, if you haven’t already read their first book, Nice is Just a Place in France, you need to add that to your Amazon cart. Like, now. It’s not a prequel or anything, but it’s also amazing.


If your sense of humor is anything like mine, The Betches and their sarcastic wit will have you laughing your ass off (figuratively, duh)…unless of course, you’re a Nice Girl, and their stabs at Karen might hit a little too close to home. You might even learn a thing or two.

In all seriousness, though, if you take self-help books to heart, this book might not be sensitive enough for you. Order Men are from Mars or renew your Seventeen Magazine subscription. As for me, I think it’s perfect because they share my outlook on this crazy world: Don’t just take it with a grain of salt, take it with a shot of vodka.  

Whether you’re in a serious relationship, single AF, or attempting the whole “dating” thing for the first time, you need to read this book. Basically, The Betches are the girls you wish you could be and they’re being generous enough to offer their wisdom of the dating world with you. Isn’t that so nice of them?

All in all, I’m pretty much obsessed with I Had a Nice Time And Other Lies. It’s snarky, well-organized (hello, “spark notes” at the end of each chapter for those of you who don’t actually like to read), plus it’s actually kind of helpful (if that’s what you’re using it for). Personally, I think the best part about dating “rules” is that all rules are meant to be broken (see pirates: “They’re more like guidelines, anyway”). But if that doesn’t do it for you, The Betches even incorporate quotes and stories from famous betches to back up their claims and inspire you when the dating world gets you down. Plus, the Head Pro adds his own two-cents throughout the book, which I’d say is “insightful” (because it is…when we’re talking about dating, we need both parties to weigh in, duh) but he’s so blunt about everything that there is literally no room for confusion. So when I say insight, don’t think I mean he’s like super sweet or something (though I do low-key have a small crush on him. Bias again. Deal with it).

I’d love to give y’all an outline (since I’m the freak they hate who text marks the book) of some key take-aways, but I really think you just need to read it for yourself (or at least read the notes at the end of the chapter, k?). Not only is it the dating book everyone needs, but it’s the freaking Social Media Dating Gospel. Really. Oh, and pay close attention to all things Karen…because no one likes her.

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