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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034552067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345520678
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Giffin Reviews Undateable

Emily Giffin is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof and Love the One You’re With. Her fifth novel, Heart of the Matter, will be released on May 11, 2010. A former Manhattan attorney, she now lives in Atlanta, where she is happily married with three young children. Read her review of Undateable below:

If only I had a copy of this book in my twenties! I could have helped many a single guy friend (and a few I would have dated myself!) pinpoint their red-flag offenses and more egregious deal-breaking infractions. Whether it’s holstering a cell phone (or any type of electronic device, for that matter) to their belts, strutting around with a soul patch, or owning a cat named "Pinky" (true story!), lots of perfectly nice guys have stumbled and fallen into the undateable category. It’s really a shame too, and even a little unfair--why should pleated shorts end a string of otherwise stellar dates? Why should a sideways-cocked baseball cap cancel out a Harvard law degree? Why should one spray tan blind us to the gorgeous face underneath? Because, gentlemen, we women have standards, and no matter what else you’re bringing to the table, we simply cannot make exceptions for fanny packs, tighty whities or collectible action figures.

That’s where Undateable comes in…it’s an absolutely invaluable tool for any woman trying to weed out “less-than-desirable” behavior in a current or potential boyfriend. What’s best about Undateable is that it cuts right to the chase. Leave it out on your coffee table and avoid that uncomfortable conversation with the guy who insists on wearing socks with his sandals. Give it to your best guy friend so he can determine that the reason he can’t get a second date is because he always goes Dutch on the first. Buy a copy for your girlfriend who needs to have more self-respect and stop making excuses when her guy keeps texting at the table. And to all you single guys out there (and even the married ones!), go ahead and pick up a copy for yourselves too, just in case. You never know what you could be doing wrong. Maybe it’s that pink, fruity cocktail in your hand. Maybe it’s the head-to-toe Ed Hardy on the rest of your body. Maybe it’s the fact that you’ve nicknamed yourself “The Situation.” Whatever it is, you deserve love. You deserve for girls to see you for the amazing guy you are. But, most of all, you deserve to know that your flaws can be fixed, even if you’re sabotaging yourself in pretty spectacular fashion (madras shorts, anyone?).

I’ve already passed around my copy of Undateable to all my single friends and, to a person, they’ve loved it. It’s smart, hilarious and fun--a must-have field guide for anyone navigating that murky and sometimes comical path to love.

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I don't know any intelligent women who want to date "guys."
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Skip this book because it's not funny.
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By maskirovka VINE VOICE on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was somewhat amusing in parts if the authors meant to poke fun at some pretty obvious clothing and grooming gaffes men make (including myself). I found myself a bit dubious about the authenticity of some of the photographs since I can't imagine any guy would volunteer to be in a book where he is held up to ridicule. I have a feeling that most of those photos were staged.

But if the authors were really serious, I can't help but regard "Undateable" as pretty shallow and superficial and think it's sad both for the women who might take cues from it and the guys who might get snubbed because of it. As another reviewer pointed out, men don't constantly dress and style themselves to attract women just like most women don't always preen and primp to attract men. Rejecting some guy because he happens to be wearing an identical color shirt and slacks strikes me as truly shallow. Maybe on the other six days of the week, he wears Saville Row suits, so why not cut him some slack?

Also some of the "undateable" things listed in the book come across as idiosyncrasies on the part of the authors. No one would argue that a guy should not make an effort to be neatly dressed and look like he regularly bathes and washes his hair. But I find it hard to believe many women look at a man wearing acid-washed jeans and say "he's a loser" and I rather doubt the clothing industry would be selling them if that was some universally held viewpoint.

Another example is that wearing a cellphone on one's hip marks a guy as being a "middle class management drone." Well, excuse me, but most men don't carry purses and if they don't wear a suit, how are they supposed to carry a phone around with them?
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Seville on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
By the time we reach the 311th exhaustive, offensive reason men are undateable... including any and all facial hair, wearing a tank top, and using outdated terms for the internet... the only people the authors guarantee won't be dating or having sex are themselves.
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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful By frank west on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
It's funny how media has made man look like the selfish and shallow people of this earth. If this book is meant to be taken seriously, well I might be losing faith in humanity.

Let's take a look at some of the things that makes a man "undateable":

Wearing briefs
Liking animals
wearing a speedo
Taking your shirt off at the beach
being a cat person
going to sporting events with friends
not liking animals
playing video games
not having any close friends
using the term "make love"
swearing
not swearing
having a bad relationship with your mother
having a good relationship with your mother
having bad music on your iPod

Why should one thing that isn't fashionable make a man "undateable". Remember when dating use to be about if the person was a good person, and you had common interests?

Bitches n' hoes. Shallow bitches n' hoes.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Payne on September 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
this is less about being datable and more about how to be a soulless clone. Some of it's kinda funny but most of the reasons/tips are so shallow and materialistic. So if the author is correct then any guy who doesn't wear the right label or drive the right car deserves to have his bloodline dwindle and die. what an empowering message!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NCBrowser on May 5, 2013
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Almost anyone who has attended middle school and/or high school probably remembers an elite group of classmates who would spend most of the day cordoned off in their clique snickering at other students behind their backs, making fun of other kids for not being trendy enough, or engaging in other relational cruelty to make others feel bad about themselves. I certainly remember students like that from my school days, and I have always wondered what happens to them after they graduate and venture out into the world. Well, apparently THIS is what becomes of them. They spend their adulthood writing books intended to make other people feel shamed and unworthy. I guess Bowling For Soup really hit the nail on the head with their song "High School Never Ends."

Now, I'm sure some people are going to come back at me with expressions such as "It's only supposed to be a joke! Why are you acting as though it's serious?" Well, for starters, the authors have made it clear that they really are serious with this. Plus, some jokes really do cross the line, and it doesn't mean anyone is being "too sensitive." You don't go up to an overweight person and joke about his or her paunch or waistline. You don't humorously belittle a person for his or her height or degree of baldness, either. It's just rude, period.

Let's consider some of the things these childish authors consider offensive. One that I remember clearly is having "man boobs." If you're a guy and you have anything that could be construed as "man boobs," don't even bother trying to find happiness (according to them, that is). Now, jokes aside, I understand that anything resembling breasts on a man can look a little, shall we say, "foreign," but seriously, some guys can't help it.
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