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The Panic Years: A Guide to Surviving Smug Married Friends, Bad Taffeta, and Life on the Wrong Side of 25 without a Ring Hardcover – March 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767925998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767925990
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,098,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Reading lines like Sure, most couples are ill suited and unhappy, but so the hell what? At least they're married! it will be tough for enlightened readers of Newsday trend reporter Lewak's handbook not to go on the defensive. Lewak, self-described Potential Fiancé predator, tries to convince women over 25 that if they're not feeling alarmed about their unmarried state, they're living in la-la land. Still, the voice throughout is so breezy and fun that readers will cross their fingers that Lewak is kidding. And it seems that she is. She eventually puts aside all the usual and necessary jokes about smug married friends and hideous bridal wear, her final lesson apparently that you shouldn't lose yourself in that quest for a fairy tale ending. After chapters on mind games and subterfuge that will help women in their quest for the ring, the book develops a cautionary attitude, warning readers against settling for whatever comes along in their desperation, and asserting that one can be happy as a single, swingin' lady. This is fortunate, because it's hard to hate a book that provides so many laughs. (Mar. 18)
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Review

The Panic Years brings cheeky humor, style, and insights to a sharp new set of ‘rules’ for single women. I loved it.”
—Dave Singleton, relationship columnist for MSN and Match.com, and author of Behind Every Woman There’s a Fabulous Gay Man

More About the Author

A full-time writer in Manhattan, I'm the quintessential New Yorker who thrives on the sizzle of the city.

My areas of interest are relationships and dating. My new book "The Panic Years" has just been released, bringing relief to scores of single women on the verge of losing their sanity!

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I highly recommend this book for singles, marrieds and anyone in between!
Julie
This is a really funny look at what we go through to try and land that relationship which will end in marriage.
S. Flinker
At the same time it was entetaining and I enjoyed the anecdotes!...Bravo to Ms. Lewak!
Kelly M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kru on September 19, 2008
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I really was hoping this would be more a book about celebrating being single despite the fact that your friends are all getting married. Instead, I felt like the title of this book should've been Man-Trap. This is nothing about 'surviving' being single, it's about how to join the marriage club using every trick in the book. I HATE giving books a bad review, and I rarely ever do but I was extremely disappointed. It basically tells women to stop being so picky, which to some extent I can understand but then the entire second half of the book is about getting your boyfriend to propose with tactics...maybe I'm naive, but really? You have to use tactics? What kind of guy are you marrying then anyway? The only reason I gave this book two stars is because I think the author is a good writer, very funny, and witty but everything she wrote about is exactly what I don't want to hear. I don't want to stop being so picky, I want to celebrate the fact that I'm strong enough to have high standards and enjoy my independence and if a man fits into that picture then that's great, but if not, that's okay too. I thought this book would be more empowering and basically tell me it's okay to be single even though it feels horrible as everyone around you is getting married but it actually only made me more depressed that this is what dating and marriage has come to. If this is the type of book you're looking for, one that tells you how to snag a guy and get him to propose, then maybe you'll enjoy this book, although if that's the case, I think you're better off reading "The Rules."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edie on June 15, 2008
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Although it took my a few days..I read this book all the way through and thought, this is "the" book for single women. I know how I felt, exactly as the author describes, right at 27 and realizing I wasn't meeting men "automatically" anymore and that the number of women my age sporting rings and showing pregnancy bumps was getting higher. Also the strategies Ms Lewak includes in the book for Closing the Deal were great. The chapters are so spot-on about our lives it's not funny.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FrummyMummy on March 23, 2008
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The Panic Years is an invaluable addition to any single person's (guy or girl) reading survival kit! Ms. Lewak is refreshingly honest in her assessment of the 20-something dating scene, and her anecdotes and analogies are hilarious, yet poignant. There's also plenty of good, practical advice on how to cope with those who insist on making one feel somewhat inferior because of their marital (or lack thereof) status. One cannot help but feel significantly uplifted by Ms. Lewak's ultimately positive and upbeat literary style.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Literary Lass on April 4, 2008
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I love the Author's wit, and her unmatched ability to crack up a humorous anecdote at pretty much every "panic" topic presented in this book. Yet Lewak's comic no-nonsense attitude surpasses the (very!) entertaining jokes, forming itself as your friendly vehicle that soberly communicates a serious message.
Despite the fact that a growing number of women today wake up from their sweet dreams to a reality that will not have them married by 25, many of these young ladies do in fact lapse into a socio-romantic state of panic, unable to see themselves and the world beyond their imaginary ring-like finish line. "The Panic Years" invites you to look at yourself and your aspirations beyond that - and beyond the superficial, materialistic aspirations all too prevalent at certain dating circles - so as to realize what's truly worth panicking about.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Flinker on March 23, 2008
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I just got the book, The Panic Years, and I couldn't put it down. This is a really funny look at what we go through to try and land that relationship which will end in marriage. But there's also an important message here-- don't change yourself to land a fiance. And it's great to know that you're not the only one panicking!
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