Love is not free; the price is 99 cents


By Rudolf Kerkhoven


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“And Xavier Dekker long realized that this is the problem: love has nothing to do with the heart. The heart is schizophrenic. The heart is paranoid. The heart is not only corrupt, but corrupting. The heart is an all-round hot, sweaty, quivering mess. The heart is the problem and uCupid removes this from the equation.”


Rudolf Kerkhoven’s latest novel, “Love is not free. The price is 99 cents.” is a darkly comedic romantic-drama. Mathematically brilliant but socially anxious Xavier Dekker has developed uCupid, a 99-cent phone application that purports to flawlessly match people with an ideal mate anywhere around the globe. Xavier’s estranged younger brother, David, is a new father and downloads uCupid as a lark, not because he’s unhappy with his marriage. But unbeknownst to him, his wife has done the exact same thing. And soon everyone will soon download uCupid. And soon everyone will be madly in love. So, then, what is the problem? How can so much love cause displeasure? And just what is Xavier keeping secret about this 99.97% flawless app?


The writing of Kerkhoven’s latest novel is stilted and yet fluid. The tone is surreal and yet realistic. The mood is gentle and yet jarring.


A modern delight

A highly enjoyable read, both a satire of our obsession with cellphone apps and a legitimately sincere story about the challenges of modern love. What if someone invented an app that would guarantee your perfect match? Kerkhoven takes the only slightly absurd premise and follows it through to its logical conclusion. The characters are well-drawn and funny, the story is interesting and moving, and the writing is clear and vivid. Excellent work from the author of "The Year We Solved Everything".

D. Pflaster from Amazon

unique, good read

This book surprised me. I got hooked right away, kept reading, and was a little sad when it ended. I enjoyed the characters, the app profile questions, and the stats. If you think you're family is dysfunctional, wait until you meet the Dekkers! And this book made me think about my marriage and what might happen if my husband and I downloaded uCupid! I'll be looking for more Rudolf Kerkhoven books.

Robin from Amazon

yet a little a dark view of our modern society and family where we are never quite satisfied with what we've got and always hopi,

There's an App for that! A refreshing and quite humorous book, yet a little a dark view of our modern society and family where we are never quite satisfied with what we've got and always hoping for something better, more perfect, more complete. Unfortunately, reality is NOT like that. We are not as unique as we'd like to think and even soul mates come in huge numbers.

NK from Amazon

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