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ISBN-13: 978-1932420203
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Factory (January 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932420207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932420203
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Giacomo Holdini on August 1, 2008
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"Men don't understand women. I don't care how many degrees they have, they don't get it. I am a woman. That's all the creditability [sic] I need." - Romy Miller

The above quotation demonstrates the kind of reasoning Romy Miller uses throughout her book, which should give you an idea of just how well researched and authoritative the book is. Despite the title's claim to being "definitive," the book is nothing more than dime-store opinion, cynically put forth by someone who evidently believes people will buy her book as long as she proclaims her own expertise. Don't believe it. Miller has not bothered to do any empirical research, or come up with any other bases for her assertions beyond the mere fact they sound good to her. Just because Romy Miller is a woman does not mean she is an expert on women, or is qualified to explain women to you. (Aileen Wuornos was a woman, too. Would you take dating advice from her?) In fact, a lot of what Miller writes undermines her own credibility and makes you wonder if she should be writing anything at all. Consider the following excerpt:

"One thing you are going to have to do before you begin to transform your life is to stop whining about how difficult women are. We've went [sic] through a lot of crap to get here and we're not about to just give it up. A woman's role today is NOT of a subordinate. More than anything she is your genetic superior. Think about it. She can pop a baby out of her vagina. You can't."

Let me see if I understand this correctly: Part of transforming my life is accepting that women are difficult? Move over Dr. Phil. There's a new self-help guru in town.
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44 of 58 people found the following review helpful By M. Morgan on March 5, 2008
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About a year ago, I began reading various pick-up artist material, including Neil Strauss' The Game, The Mystery Method by Mystery, and From the Bar to the Bedroom by the editors of AskMen.com. The information in those books was quite useful, but I felt the material that pick-up artists use didn't fit my personality. I tried using that material on a few ladies, and it seemed so unnatural and uncomfortable to me. I successfully creeped out a few of them. I felt like an actor reading from a horrible script. Plus, don't get me started on "the seven hour rule." Sex happens when she wants it to happen. You can't force it on her.

Every guy is different. He must use the strengths in his personality to become successful with women. What I like about this book is that tells you what not to do, what to do, what is going through her mind, and what she expects you to do. All you need to have is a decent personality, and the information in the book will guide you the rest of the way.

The book is nothing more than common sense that guys tend to overlook. The chapters are short and to the point. I read the whole thing in about two hours. By the way, she is hilarious but right, sadly.

If you had a bad role model growing up or your dad taught you absolutely nothing about women, I strongly suggest this book and only this book. It's all you really need. Please, don't buy into the whole PUA thing. The next book you should buy should be on tantric sex.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By HSP on December 23, 2010
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Despite a warning that her book wasn't a substitute for psychological advice, and that her words were 'in-your-face', Miller's words are clearly out of frustration with her own problems with men. Instead of giving advice that is neutral and useful for men, she instead complains about things that she finds unacceptable to dating and life, this mindset is more reflective of materialistic women, thus giving the female gender a bad name, and further driving men down wrong roads to 'love'.

If you know what's good for you, you'll stay away from anything Romy Miller has written. Perhaps when she grows up and acts her age (whatever that is), and understands the fact that men are human, and not something women can leech off of, then maybe people will start to take her seriously.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. menzies on September 23, 2009
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I read positive reviews for this book and was hoping for an intelligent, representative female perspective on dating with insights into the expectations, desires, and basic frame of mind and/or attitudes that a woman has in dating. I also wondered how women perceive different ways of approaching and introducing yourself and what less obvious faux pas to avoid. This was not helpful in finding these insights.

I found the writing to be bland and un-nuanced with clear indications that the writer knew very little about a shy man's(or even typical man's) perspective. And the understanding of women in general was pretty basic and painted a very shallow, materialistic, and simplistic picture of the minds of women. It was essentially everything that could be gathered about women and dating from a sitcom, and presented very hackneyed ideas about how they should be approached, like not being a slob, bringing flowers, having a job, a nice car, and other unhelpful ideas for dealing with real human beings.

I gave the book more than a fair chance by reading about 2/3-3/4 of it and really decided it should be thrown away in the trash(which I never do with books). While I'm sure some of the population was represented here I can't imagine that anyone but those men who were kept in cellars for the first 20 years of their lives would find it at all enlightening.
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