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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062012983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062012982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comedienne McCarthy, who has written more serious books on raising a child with autism in recent years, returns to lighter fare in this fun and funny guide to dating and relationships. McCarthy tackles everything from first loves to STDs, boob jobs to bootie calls, masturbation to abusive relationships. Some chapters are just for laughs, like when McCarthy recounts suiting up in a trash bag to help a roommate confirm she has come down with crabs, while others are more serious in tone, such as when McCarthy interviews author Byron Katie about living a fulfilling life or details the warning signs of an abusive relationship. She shares some personal anecdotes as well, from her experience the first time she posed for Playboy to dating a man who reminded her of a Teletubby because she thought he’d treat her well. Even those who wouldn’t usually pick up a relationship-advice book will find plenty to enjoy in this laugh-out-loud guide to the pitfalls of modern dating. --Kristine Huntley

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“Even though this book is not as funny as mine, you should still buy it.” (Chelsea Handler)

“Like spending an afternoon with your best friend, a copy of Cosmo and a low-fat milkshake.” (Susan Jane Gilman, NPR)

More About the Author

Jenny McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs, and Louder Than Words, among others. The former host of MTV's hugely popular dating show Singled Out, McCarthy began her career as a Playboy model, before launching a high-profile comedic television and film career. She has been featured everywhere, from Time magazine to the cover of Rolling Stone; has appeared on virtually every television talk show, from Larry King Live to Howard Stern; and is a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has also served as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers.

In addition to her work in the world of healing and preventing autism, she is the co-creator, with practicing speech/language pathologist Sarah Clifford Scheflen, of Teach2Talk, a series of DVDs for children.

Born in Chicago, McCarthy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her son, Evan. You can follow her on Twitter @JennyMcCarthy.

Customer Reviews

I am a total Jenny McCarthy fan and have all her books.
AlwaysGlitter2011
I have read her other books and enjoyed them, but this one felt like she was just trying to get anything on paper to get a paycheck.
Andrea
There is very little to read in this book and I was so sad.
Kellie

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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on October 6, 2010
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As a fan of Jenny McCarthy, I'm sorry to say that this book is awful. I have read her other books and enjoyed them, but this one felt like she was just trying to get anything on paper to get a paycheck. It is completely random, from astrology to an entire chapter that ends "just kidding, that never happened". It was seriously bad and I wish I didn't buy it on my Kindle so that I could get my money back. Not funny, not entertaining, not worth 11.99 for sure!! I only finished the book (because I couldn't return it mainly, but also) in the hope that it was going to get better and I was left disappointed.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Arica Dearcos on October 12, 2010
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As a fan of Jenny's other books, I absolutely couldn not WAIT for this one to come out. Reading her other "Naked Truth About...." books were seriously like having a conversation with your best friend. They made me laugh (hard and often) and made me cry because during that time, it was nice to know someone else had experienced what I was experiencing. I felt like she personally wrote those books for me! Not so with "Love, Lust and Faking It". Several chapters were boring 'interviews' with people she though were relevent to whatever she was talking about which Im STILL not sure that was. One WHOLE chapter was astrological signs that she got from a website. I also noticed she said "some websites say this" or "I read this on a website". I was also annoyed with the name dropping. There were some sections that sounded like advertisments for the people she was speaking to or about. ANNOYING. I finished the book in a little under two hours mostly because I skipped these filler chapters, hoping for something funnier and insightful like her previous books. The entire book felt to me like she was just throwing stuff together and hoping people bought it. I am so SO disappointed with this book and I'm sorry I spent money on it. Hopfully your next one is better, Jenny.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kellie on October 6, 2010
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I am having a hard time understanding the few 5 star reviews. At first I was enjoying the book. The first few chapters were kinda funny but then the entire book became fact sheet from the internet. It is nothing but chapter after chapter of "Interviews" facts and stats from websites. There is a whole "Chapter" taken from the internet on "Astrological Signs". Next there is a entire section deticated to "Sex facts" Again, info she took from another source to fill paper. Then there is a entire section for "Songs to do the nasty too". There is no funny banter about the songs, just lists of song titles. There is very little to read in this book and I was so sad. I was sucked in by all the Hype and the fact that I think Jenny is very smart and funny. But this book was neither. Jenny did very little talking or story telling of any kind. If you think you are going to learned about her and Jims break up, your wrong. If you think your going to learn almost anything funny about Jenny, your wrong. Chelsea Handler only raves about this book because they are friends. And the clip from the back of the book says it all..." Even though this book is not as funny as mine, you should still buy it" Chelsea Handler.

She is right, the book is no where enar as funny as Chelsea Handler's. Save your money. Buy it used.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jackson Stephens on October 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I know this is cliche, but "I don't usually write reviews of books." That being said, I felt compelled to add a voice of reason to the other reviews that make this book seem a lot better than it really is. After all, I partially relied upon them in for my own purchase decision. This book reads like a bunch of random emails or diary entries from someone who isn't a professional writer. Don't get me wrong, that's not necessarily a bad thing if done right, but in this case I think it just doesn't work.

The author possesses no real authority on anything she writes about. The quality of research is beyond low. I think she just sat down every once and a while and knocked out easy, breezy thoughts from her head. There are points where she basically says the equivalent of, "Yeah, so I found these facts on some websites and stuff." The only pictures are two "taken with my iPhone" that are blurry and confusing. Several (boring) chapters are also devoted to recounting conversations she had with random people she wanted to interview. Much of the book began to tire me after a while, and near the end I began to skip portions that didn't catch my interest.

Beyond that, I just didn't find the author particularly likeable. (I'm sorry!) I guess I thought of her as that spunky, fun girl from _Singled Out_ and _Playboy_, but instead she had a kind of bad attitude about things, even sex. I found myself not caring about what she was writing because of that. And as she points out in the book, that spunky image from her early years was basically a made-up facade. Fine, but that girl would have been more interesting to listen to random thoughts like this from.

To summarize, the book was boring and not really sexy at all, despite the sound of the title. I was disappointed because I went in wanting to like it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By YA book lover on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love it when dysfunctional people give life and relationship advice.

The author of this self-help book for women, for instance, (Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man)
has been married three times and cheated on his 2nd wife with his 3rd wife.

This book's author (He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys) is an ex-alcoholic and stand-up comic.

This book's cover, I believe, speaks for itself: The Vixen Manual How to Find, Seduce, & Keep the Man You Want

Naturally, these people know everything about healthy relationships. And so does Jenny McCarthy - a former Playboy model and a divorced woman.

Of course, I don't read such books for advice. Thanks, but no thanks. I read them for the train-wreck stories and entertainment. I admit to reading (and enjoying) McCarthy's books about pregnancy and raising her kid (Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth and Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood) when I read them a few years ago. (Don't ask me why I read them though, because neither then nor now kids are in the near future for me.) At least in those books she had something to say, but here is the type of wisdom she spreads:

Girls, don't get tattoos when drunk!

Girls, abusive relationships are bad! (accompanied by her own story about her 7th-grade romance with a boy who used to punch her and call her ugly)

Girls, threesomes might ruin your relationships!

Girls, don't let your men have parties in Vegas, bad stuff happens there!

Well, thank you, Jenny, for discovering America! I am sure your audience of grown women had no idea about these things!
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