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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301170
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It'll make you seem witty and well-read when complaining about your love life." -- New York Daily News

About the Author

Lauren Henderson is a founding voice of the "tart noir" mystery genre and is the author of numerous novels, including the Sam Jones detective series and three romantic comedies of modern love and manners: My Lurid Past, Don't Even Think About It, and Exes Anonymous. She was raised in London, educated at Cambridge, where she wrote her dissertation on courtship rituals in Jane Austen, and currently resides in New York, where she is happily dating a Henry Tilney.

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If you are on the hunt for a dating book, I highly recommend this one.
Avid reader
This book is an entertaining read and a source of good common sense advise about dating relationships, as are many of Austen's novels.
Drianis
It was more of a discussion of all the romantic characters in all six of Jane Austen's lovely novels.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Meredith VINE VOICE on March 10, 2005
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This is my first time reading a book about dating, it was not so much a self help book. It was more of a discussion of all the romantic characters in all six of Jane Austen's lovely novels. In the book you look at their relationships, personalities, and why it did or did not work out.

The book is broken down into ten chapters. Each chapter is a rule. Some of them are very helpful such as "If you like someone, make it clear that you do." In the chapter it stresses the point that you should not play hard to get and try to appear unavailable. Which I am very guilty of doing!

Each chapter has three references from three different novels, then like 6 stories about people in real situations in today's world. The author stresses that the world has changed since Jane Austen's time, yet the fundamental principals of falling in love are the same. If you love Jane Austen you will like this book, it is all about how her books teach us the proper way to find and fall in love with the right person. That is what the books of Jane Austen are all about, right? marrying for love? she would know , don't you think.

At the end of the book there is a quiz to see what kind of heroine you are and a summary of all Jan'es novels, and character analysis of romantic character good and bad!

I highly recommend this book for: anyone whole loves romance, loves Jane Austen, is in search of a Mr. Knightly or Mr. Darcy, keeps falling in love with Willoughby's and Wickhams's, and is . . . ahem . . still single!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seattlemusicfan on March 8, 2007
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As a Jane Austen fan, I thought this would be a fun read. Even though I'm married, I wanted to share it with my daughter. While the book does a great job of using examples from the novels to make her points, the modern day examples repeatedly tell of people meeting in bars?! Is this really where folks hope to find the love of their life? Also, the book assumes people sleep around A LOT before settling down. Guess I've been married a little too long...otherwise it was cute.
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When she moved to the US from England, author Lauren Henderson was mystified by the American dating scene. Concepts such as "if you really like him, DON'T call him!" were completely foreign to her, and she quickly found that her romantic relationships were floundering. Not knowing where to turn for advice, she fell back on her favorite author, Jane Austen, for guidance.

Hendersen's main premise is that Austen's classic novels contain a wealth of truisms which can be applied to the modern dating scene, from "if you like someone, make it clear that you do" to "be prepared to wait for the right person to come along." The ten rules which Henderson gleans from Austen's work each form a separate chapter in the book, with each rule illustrated using various relationships, both good and bad, from Austen's novels. Of course, much of the advice itself is merely common sense, but the Austen-based examples lend a unique intelligence and wit to what would have otherwise been another run-of-the-mill self-help book.

Although Henderson suggests that you do not need to have read Austen in order to benefit from her book--she even provides summaries of Austen's six novels for those who fit this category--I believe that the book's appeal to non-Austen fans is limited. However, if you have cherished Austen's novels, you are likely to relish every moment of this book as well, particularly the opportunity to match yourself and potential partners with Austen characters. In conclusion, I would recommend this amusing little guidebook for any female fans of Jane Austen (are there any other kind?) who are looking for some basic, practical dating advice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Lewinski on August 26, 2005
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As a single young woman, I seem to have the knack for finding and dating the wrong guys. I love Jane Austen, and noticed this book and had to get it. While much of the advice truly is common sense, we often forget that these are the best routes to take in dating when we're constantly given horrible advice in women's magazines (like the advice Henderson describes she was given by American friends: Don't seem too available, don't see eachother too often in the beginning, keep phone calls short, and other ridiculous things), TV and movies. This was definitely refreshing, and I'll be suggesting this book to all of my single girlfriends.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Pearce on November 21, 2005
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What a fantastic, sensible book - it makes me want to re-read every Jane Austen book I have ever read with the new insights I have, and I was also very refreshed to know that my dating personality matched Elizabeth's from Pride and Prejudice.

This book is worth giving to every teenaged young woman, who is approaching dating in an era where almost anything goes, but also almost anything can blow it, and with some of the weird relationship advice out there, combined with a whole generation of young men who have no idea how to behave post-feminism or how to act or react in this world full of overt sexual stimulus, this book would be a breath of fresh air. It's also a great way to introduce young readers to Jane Austen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on July 1, 2005
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This book is charming. The author uses Jane Austen's more famous works - Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, etc. to demonstrate good/bad relationship behavior. There are 10 tips, each presented in lengthy chapters, that show how to model your relationship behaviors based on the romantic couples in Austen's books. The book was actually quite enlightening - although the 10 dating 'tips' are pretty obvious, the way in which the author uses examples from Austen's works is what makes the book a joy to read. Aside from examples from the books, the chapters also include examples of real-life couples and situations. This is quite an inspiring book, especially because you can see how well educated the author is about her subject matter (Austen, not dating), and it was interesting to see Austen's books critically examined from a romantic standpoint, while still being very fun.
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