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138 Dates

The true story of one woman's search for everything
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138 Dates by Rebekah Campbell
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‘I laughed, I learned a lot and I cried my eyes out.’ – Jaquie Brown

Rebekah Campbell's quest to find love and happiness is packed with hilarious mistakes and insights that can help us all become better at relationships.

On the outside, Rebekah Campbell has an enviable life. She is founder of hot Sydney startup, writes a popular blog and gives inspirational talks at conferences for female entrepreneurs.

But when she turns off the light each night, she is alone and terrified of the future. She knows that what's important to her isn't money or startup glory or social media followers. She wants love. She wants a family. And she is stuck. She hasn't been on a date in ten years. She's too embarrassed to list herself on the internet and can't bear the risk of getting rejected.

She decides to act. She'll take the tactics she's learnt building companies and apply them to finding a man. Her epic journey will take her on dates with 138 different men in Sydney, New York and San Francisco, while at the same time confronting the immense challenges of launching a business.

She'll face exhaustion, humiliation and heartbreak; she'll meet some strange and dangerous characters. And she will strip herself of the ego and expectations that have been holding her back. She will not stop.

Gripping, authentic and inspiring. 138 Dates proves that the end is always worth the effort.

‘‘This is one of the most vivid and honest accounts of love I’ve read. It will change lives. I couldn’t put it down for three days and it felt like saying goodbye to a great friend when I finished.’ – Fleur Brown, TEDx Sydney

‘I loved this book! A relatable and funny look at the realities of the online dating game as well as the not always linear journey of entrepreneurship. A fascinating read in more ways than one!’ – Matilda Rice, author of The Feel Good Guide

‘Raw, relatable and real, fearless and funny. I loved 138 Dates, a story with brains, boundless ambition and a very big heart.’ – Councillor Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney

‘I loved her raw and honest approach. It made me feel not so alone in some of my experiences while also being incredibly driven by her go getter attitude.’ – Simone Anderson

‘Thoroughly enjoyable read of a young woman experiencing the pitfalls of perfectionism in relationships.’ – Gwendoline Smith, psychologist and author of The Book of Overthinking

Author Biography

Rebekah Campbell is the co-founder of Hey You, a mobile app used by more than one million Australians to order and pay at cafes. She has kept a blog about her experiences as an entrepreneur which was named ‘Best Business Blog’ by Smart Company and became a New York Times column in 2012. Rebekah writes a monthly opinion piece for AFR BOSS Magazine and has contributed to MamaMia, Women's Agenda and Stuff. She is a high-profile public speaker who spoke at TEDx Sydney and numerous events for Business Chicks. Rebekah was named a Woman of Influence in 2015 and APEC Young Woman Innovator. She is currently the host and curator of the City of Sydney's virtual event series ‘Reboot’, supporting 18,000 Sydney business owners to recover from the impact of COVID 19. Rebekah's per­sonal passion is her everything which she finds at the end of this book.

Release date NZ
July 2nd, 2021
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Allen & Unwin
Current sales rank
Top 1000
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