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A comic survival guide to being a parent of teenage daughters, Bruce Cameron's book started life in 1995 as a wildly, and accidentally, successful Internet column. In short, sharply observed vignettes, he touches a middle-aged-male nerve by describing the rage and bewilderment of having little girls turn into teenage monsters, but every complaint is punctured by a self-deprecating regular-guy-in-a-mad-world irony. There are helpful hints (or rather, unhelpful ones, because Cameron admits that nothing will make any difference) for coping with the telephone, clothes, parties, car you used to own, and boyfriend you don't want her to hang around with.
It's all rather reminiscent of Dave Barry, though of course Cameron's canvas is smaller, and for that reason alone, many readers will find that a whole book is a stretch. This is definitely a bathroom browse rather than material for reading cover to cover--assuming it's possible to get into the bathroom, that is; according to the author, this is a coveted parking space for strange aliens who paint themselves for hours while dreaming of Brad Pitt. --Richard Farr --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In an age when many households are veritable kinder-doms, and teenagers have become a major market force, many parents feel confused by the sturm, drang und hyperactive telephone use of their teenagers. Here to help fathers stay afloat during their daughters' adolescence is humor columnist W. Bruce Cameron with 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and Other Tips from a Beleaguered Father (Not That Any of Them Work). In a chapter called "It's Her Party and I'll Cry if I Want To," he explains that teen parties are unnecessary because "[y]our daughters do not need to be made any more excited than they already are. They do not need to meet or dance with boy particles." If nothing else, the book will prove a welcome distraction.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
I purchased this item for a very good friend. They are pleased with the item. The order arrived on the date scheduled in an unopened undamaged carton. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary D
Too sarcastic. Even if my children were still teens, (they're 20 somethings) I would not find this amusing or entertaining. Boring.Published 18 months ago by Constant Reader
Every dad's nightmare... Bruce eases the pain of raising a teenage daughter. His observations and assessments are spot on. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SJ Furash
I enjoyed reading it but it was just good, not great. Mostly funny and I did like his writing style. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Warren Redlich
The book is a very hard read, frankly. I'm glad i didn't pay more for it ... the sellers, on the other hand, delivered a book in excellent condition and very promptlyPublished 23 months ago by dove
I really enjoyed this book. I gave it to a friend to read. It's funny to think teenagers think they are so unique but all alike. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by P. Warren
even though this book is now dated with its reference to daughters running to answer a ringing phone (as in land line) -- this is one of the funniest books I have every read. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by wish 4 par
I find it very interesting, a funny aproach to the whole real deal. It keeps you in at every chapter.Published on May 14, 2013 by Juan Carlos Cuevas Imery