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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061456500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061456503
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,005,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The authors of this anti-dating dating book start out by trashing their competition, the Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus/eHarmony dating industry, which, they claim, are mixed drinks made with equal parts hubris and phoniness and flatter and delude rather than providing a dose of tough love. Instead, Holloway and Robinson help the reader navigate the tricky world of dating (that unfortunate yet necessary social endeavor) without facile advice, adopting a wry, sardonic tone in chapter headings such as The Death of Romance (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Paying Half As Much Rent and It's Not Me, It's You—and Your Erectile Dysfunction. Their approach is refreshing, and they address every aspect of romantic etiquette—from online seduction to foolproof breakup lines. Though the hip older sibling shtick begins to grate by the book's end, there is more than enough solid content to guide even the most timorous dater back into the fold. (Sept.)
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Writing for the Colbert-Stewart generation, US Weekly staff writer Holloway and Metro writer/editor Robinson pave the way for those who are trying to get through the often-disheartening journey of meeting one's soul mate. In a humorous and sardonic style, the authors cover the basics of the process, from meeting wealthy singles at a martini bar to finding an apartment together. A particularly funny chapter on meeting the parents stipulates that there are good holidays on which to meet (e.g., Labor and Memorial Day) and bad ones (e.g., Thanksgiving, Christmas). Occasional quizzes spice up the text. The title alone will stimulate interest among those who are in the market for a partner. Recommended for public libraries.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Ryan on March 13, 2009
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I have never had a date that went as badly as reading this book. From the 1950's retro interior layout to the asinine and insulting 'quizzes' at the end of each chapter to pad the pagecount, this "book" is a train wreck. You'd be better off getting dating advice from the skeezy stoner or the drunken fratboy you used to turn up your nose at back in college.

The 'advice' is a mix of What Everyone Knows (Girls want you to pay for the first date, don't make your first a movie date because you can't talk, etc) and Good Lord What's Wrong With You (insulting advice that you can only get laid if you get the girl drunk) mixed in a sarcastic, *arrogant* blend of spite and bile. If you come into this depressed because you're alone and dateless on a friday night, you might just kill yourself by work on Monday. The authors should go back to reviewing movies and writing their columns and leave relationship advice alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ntnrocket on May 9, 2010
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One can't help but wonder if the two authors (a male and female, to balance things, I guess) just wrote this book to try to get in on some of the "Pick-up artist" money that is changing hands out there these days. If a would be dater didn't already know most of the things in this book, they need a lot more help in their lives than just getting a date, possibly hours and hours of professional psychological help. Despite all that, the book is a fast, humorous read and so short that it soundn't take more than 2 or 3 sittings to read it, if not one. I think the book would be better as a cute gift to lift the spirits of someone well grounded who just got dumped as opposed to serious study material for someone trying to improve their social skills.

In the realm of dating and attraction and meeting people, the dry seasons can be very dry, but when it rains it often pours and before you know it you have lots of new people in your life. Be patient. Be the best you that you can be. Keep your sunny side up and don't give up hope. Peace, my peeps.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gtorg on July 4, 2009
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Is a message I got from the first three pages of this book. THANKS, BOOK! This book is more likely to make you want to die than dating itself, I think.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle L on March 20, 2009
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I borrowed this book from the library because of it's funny title. Face it we all feel this way.
However...... I didn't really find this to be all that great of a dating how too. More of a relationship how to. So if you haven't figured out how to be in a relationship by now, this is the book for you. But if you are looking for advise on how to date, well this isn't the book... I didn't get anything useful out of it that I didn't already know.
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