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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031230904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312309046
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Chupack (Sex and the City; Everybody Loves Raymond) gathers columns that appeared in Glamour and other magazines in this funny and occasionally poignant first book. Reading Chupack's meditations on such modern mysteries as dating, therapy and male behavior, fans of Sex and the City may hear echoes of Carrie Bradshaw's wry voice. Standout chapters include "The Breakup," in which men dump their girlfriends through a proxy ("a doorman informed me that my date was not coming down. Ever") or simple desertion ("They'll say they're going to the rest room and never return. Then they'll meet friends for drinks and say,..."What do I have to do, spell it out for her?" ). In "Seventeen Dates," Chupack endures that many terrible dates ("Date #13 was a plastic surgeon ...who asked if I was 'swimsuit ready'), positing that she must go through that many stinkers after a break-up before she meets an eligible guy. She learns a painful lesson: "there are no shortcuts, because it's not only time and distance you need after you lose a love, it's reflection." The book is padded with magazine-style pieces that stray far afield of the single women and relationships theme: there's a chapter on adjusting to L.A. after growing up in Oklahoma and one on father/daughter communication. Enough of Chupack's material, though, is clever and original enough to make this a good beach book, and the cover reminds readers that "if you read it in public, men will know you're available."
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Self-deprecating and smart, Chupack's essays read like mini monologues from the hilarious friend you wish you had."
- People

"Cindy truly knows how to capture the horror and humor of single womanhood. This book demonstrates her gift for spinning heartbreak into gold."
- Sarah Jessica Parker

"Cindy Chupack has the credentials to comment on the single life: she's an Emmy-winning writer for Sex and the City. Like that show, her witty first book...captures the sometimes angst-ridden world of single women. Chupack has created a smart vocabulary that describes the indignities of dating."
- Time

"...a wry, upbeat tour of the dating scene for women currently considering reentry."
- Kirkus Reviews

"I laughed out loud and recognized myself and a million people I know...honest, unself-pitying, and hilariously rich with detail. Cindy Chupack makes you laugh about the things that most of us keep to ourselves: bad boyfriends, disappearing boyfriends, retro-boyfriends, no boyfriends."
- Besty Carter, author of Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetual Optimist

"With stiletto wit, the author...has crafted slim volume of dating-themed essays that goes down like a zingy cosmo."
- People

"Chupack writes with the candor and gallows humor of a woman who's seen it all, but with just enough poignancy to make it clear she believes in true love. You will laugh out loud and you won't lose hope."
- Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss

"...her book is more than funny: it's brave and touching and deeply wise."
- Joyce Maynard, author of The Usual Rules

"A look at today's scary dating scene from the perspective of someone whose humor and insight gave single women everywhere a hero in Carrie (Bradshaw)."
0- Library Journal

"Whatever the state of your love life, The Between Boyfriends Book offers keen insight into the relationships we've endured and been entertained by."
- Grace Magazine

"The Between Boyfriends Book is that rarest of 'chick books'-written by a chick who actually likes men and can tell you something useful about women."
- Gary Belsky, coauthor of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them


"Self-deprecating and smart, Chupack's essays read like mini monologues from the hilarious friend you wish you had." (People)

"Cindy truly knows how to capture the horror and humor of single womanhood. This book demonstrates her gift for spinning heartbreak into gold." (Sarah Jessica Parker)

"Cindy Chupack has the credentials to comment on the single life: she's an Emmy-winning writer for Sex and the City. Like that show, her witty first book…captures the sometimes angst-ridden world of single women. Chupack has created a smart vocabulary that describes the indignities of dating." (Time)

"...a wry, upbeat tour of the dating scene for women currently considering reentry." (Kirkus Reviews)

"I laughed out loud and recognized myself and a million people I know…honest, unself-pitying, and hilariously rich with detail. Cindy Chupack makes you laugh about the things that most of us keep to ourselves: bad boyfriends, disappearing boyfriends, retro-boyfriends, no boyfriends." (Besty Carter, author of Nothing to Fall Back On: The Life and Times of a Perpetu)

"With stiletto wit, the author...has crafted slim volume of dating-themed essays that goes down like a zingy cosmo." (People)

"Chupack writes with the candor and gallows humor of a woman who's seen it all, but with just enough poignancy to make it clear she believes in true love. You will laugh out loud and you won't lose hope." (Amy Sohn, author of Run Catch Kiss)

"...her book is more than funny: it's brave and touching and deeply wise." (Joyce Maynard, author of The Usual Rules)

"A look at today's scary dating scene from the perspective of someone whose humor and insight gave single women everywhere a hero in Carrie (Bradshaw)." (Library Journal)

"Whatever the state of your love life, The Between Boyfriends Book offers keen insight into the relationships we've endured and been entertained by." (Grace Magazine)

"The Between Boyfriends Book is that rarest of 'chick books'-written by a chick who actually likes men and can tell you something useful about women." (Gary Belsky, coauthor of Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Cor)

More About the Author

Cindy is best known as an Emmy-winning TV writer/producer whose credits include Modern Family, Sex and the City, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

Author of New York Times bestseller "The Between Boyfriends Book," her new comic memoir about marriage "The Longest Date: Life as a Wife" was released by Viking in January 2014 and will be available in paperback December 31. For more about Cindy visit www.cindychupack.com

Customer Reviews

This book will be especially fun for Sex and the City fans and I highly recommend it.
TranquilDiva
This book made me feel like I was dishing with one of my girlfriends about relationships, guys, sex, and dating.
Ima Payne
It's a very funny book, but there's also a lot of smarts and sincerity underlying every wry vignette.
CyndyM

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I can say the love word... I need my SPACE (to read this), and I Love (the book). Chupack, a writer for the Sex and The City television series has written this collection of essays on the pangs of dating and the single life. She gives such great advice, that even her ex-husband comes to her for advice on his current relationships. She makes up words; a few are: "lone rangered" (who was that masked man who broke up with me no goodbye); "RelocationShips" (moving for the chance of a good guy); "Man-me-downs"; Halloweenies (guys who break up at Halloween, so they don't have to date you during Thanksgiving and the December holidays); and "premature 'we'jaculation" (when one of you says "we" before the other is ready). She writes about when a major magazine asked her to write about how to juggle men, when she wasn't even juggling one. She asks, if you count the number of men you have been with, do you have to count the men from drunken frat college parties? There is the story about the guy who had his doorman break up with her; there is the story of the guy who broke up with a woman on the account of her nose; and the story of each of her 17 awful dates that she went on (3 per week) in order to have one good 18th date. She decided to ask her dates to bring a CD to trade, so at least if it is a bad date, you might get a bonus of a good CD. When her date brought her ABBA, she dropped him and that idea fast. Cindy tells about her 10 day fast in order to lose weight, well not really to lose weight, but well, who knows why she went on it. You have to read it as if the character of Carrie from "Sex And The City" is reading it to you. It is much funnier that way.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tina on July 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
OK, this is the type of book that makes you believe that you are not alone out there.

I am currently "in between boyfriends" myself and am feeling kind of down.

I picked up this book and by the 10th page was laughing right out loud in the New York Subway. People were starring at me (yes, in NY City). I had tears in my eyes - this book is do dead on.

I loved everything about it. The writing, the humour (so great) and everything else.

BUY THIS ONE>>>>>>>
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on September 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a happily married mother of two but I remember dating and this book rang totally true. It was so funny I was laughing out loud -- something rare, and somewhat embarassing in public. I can't imagine why the reviewer below said "it wasn't helpful" to her -- it's not supposed to be "helpful". It's not a self-help book or guide. It's just a series of astonishingly funny and clever essays. If you bought Candance Bushnell's SEX IN THE CITY hoping it would have the tone of the show, and were disappointed, THIS is the book for you. I'm guessing Cindy Chupack is the one who writes all those clever puns and sticky situations for the show. HIGHLY recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ima Payne on December 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book made me feel like I was dishing with one of my girlfriends about relationships, guys, sex, and dating. I felt like I'd known Cindy my whole life. Her humor and wit make you feel better about your situations...the things that all of us women go through and understand. The truth is, women in America are staying single longer, we're dating more, experimenting more than ever before, and we need to share with one another these experiences instead of criticizing one another for our choices. I think it's fabulous, and hats off to Ms. Chupack for her wonderful writing...which I of course loved watching SATC for five years.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "daniellemarie126" on December 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I received this book in the mail today as a Christmas gift from my best girlfriend and honestly have struggled to put it down to finish my last minute Christmas shopping etc. I hated to have to quit reading it momentarily, and constantly found myself reading this book rather than doing what I should be! After being broken up with by my boyfriend 2 weeks ago (this is described in the book as a Halloweenie- the guy who dumps you before the big holidays roll around) my friend thought I could use this book. I honestly plan to have ALL of my girlfriends read this book because it is so amusingly honest. After reading this book I feel so liberated and know that there is life after my breakup (ok so it should be obvious that my life will go on, but ya know sometimes you just really think it wont!!). If you are looking at this book, BUY IT for yourself or a friend- it is an excellent gift! (The author also wrote for Sex and the City and Glamour- she knows her stuff)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leaves on December 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a book to heal your heart, this is not a deep, psychological book. HOWEVER, this is a great book to sit back and enjoy, laugh and sort of make light of your "single situation" whether you are single by choice or not. If you go into the book understanding this, you will really enjoy it and laugh your bottom off! I could relate to some of the stories.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Ugorek on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is the funnest book I have read. I had to go online to see if she wrote anymore books. I hope she comes out with more. It is a fun poking book at dating. I recommend it to anyone in any situations, you will be laughing non stop!!!
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