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Mr. Right, Right Now!: How a Smart Woman Can Land Her Dream Man in 6 Weeks Hardcover – December 23, 2003

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Elle romance columnist Carroll's advice on man catching can be boiled down to four mantras: be happy, look good, go where the guys are and just do it. Carroll stretches this advice out over 200 pages thanks to a witty prose style-and a spacious layout design-that usually works. The author tries her best to make this book appropriate for contemporary women, combining watered-down scientific theory about synchrony with advice on exactly what to say when flirting (biceps feature prominently). Readers are encouraged to be proud of who they are, but also to head over to the golf range or racetrack for maximum male populations. The author engages in some typical E. Jean-style (i.e. lighthearted) self-aggrandizing: numerous anecdotes highlight her fabulous lifestyle, her Vivienne Westwood suits, her butter-yellow convertible Cadillac, etc. Overall, however, the book is a fun, quick read, though the underlying theme-that the work of romantic love rests solely with smart, ever-so-slightly duplicitous women-may depress some readers. Carroll delivers a reasonable plan for what she promises, a six-week strategy for catching a guy (though not necessarily the dream man of her subtitle). No one who is familiar with her "Ask E. Jean" romance column would expect any less, or more.
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About the Author

A Note About the Author

E. Jean Carroll's Ask E. Jean column has appeared in Elle for more than a decade and reaches more than 4 million readers a month. She was a contributing editor at Esquire and has written for Rolling Stone, Outside, and New York magazine. Her stunningly successful dating Web site, GreatBoyfriends.com, receives millions of hits each week. E. Jean was nominated for an Emmy for her writing for Saturday Night Live. She lives in Nyack, New York.

A Note About the Note About the Author

The author doesn't want everybody thinking she's a love lorn twit because she's single. In fact, the author is living happily ever after all by herself in a cottage outside New York City, is enjoying just a ridiculously huge number of flings, and has been married the normal amount (twice). She has four rescued dogs. The author weighs either 128 or 133, depending on what she had for lunch.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (December 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530280
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,203,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura De Giorgio on December 7, 2004
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The book is written in such a hysterical style that I couldn't wait to put it down. It has a certain tone you may encounter when watching commercials - fast paced yelling (like a banshee), in desperate attempt to hold your attention, yet a style that made reading a book a torment - as did her adjectives related to men. (OK, it must be me - I don't appreciate disparaging comments or putting people down, especially not those I'd consider worthwhile sharing my time with). Makes me wonder, how good about herself a person genuinely feels if she (or he) has to refer to others with derrogatory adjectives.

A good deal of this book is dedicated to promoting the author's online dating website. At times it seems that it was the author's main intent behind writing this book. Nothing wrong with promoting her website or suggesting online dating as yet another avenue of possibly finding the man of your choice, but as you begin reading her book and every few pages you encounter "join my online dating service" - you begin to feel as if you're reading commercial after commercial after commercial. One commercial break every few pages - just as if you were watching a TV (and one of the reasons, I don't watch TV).

The premise behind getting a man in 6 weeks is that it only takes 30 seconds for a man to decide whether he would be interested in a woman or not - therefore, ultimately it only takes you 30 seconds to give the man the impression that you are the one and he's yours - at least for another 30 seconds, few hours or one-night stand. As to whether he would be your dream man and whether you'd be together more than than sharing a spicy weekend or two is debatable.
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By A Customer on January 8, 2004
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E. Jean is a fun and sometimes funny writer. But I was looking for serious advice: I want to find the right mate, not curl up with a book about it. I read a review in the New Yorker last month of a similar book called "Find a husband after 35", so I bought that too, which had a lot of practical tips and really changed the way I approached the search for a mate. Most of these dating books have some similar advice, but I think this other book I mentioned will get results faster.
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By A Customer on December 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This lady is a brillant writer. I periodically read her column in Elle magazine and have always enjoyed her style and enthusiasm. She always provides good sound advice. So when I heard she has a book, I quickly rushed to the bookstore to pick up a copy.
This book is very fun to read and keeps you very hopeful of the chance to Mr. Right. It is also a good book for those of you who have recently ended relationships as well. She will tell you on a week by week basis what you need to do to prepare yourself for Mr. Right. It is one of the best relationship books I have read to date!
She not only provides you advice on men. She also gives you tidbits of beauty, sleep, nutrition tips as well.
Go out and buy this book. You are sure to enjoy it.
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Here's a dating/relationship book that women are really going to enjoy reading. It is packed with helpful pointers, hilarious phrases, and sassy female insights. As a fellow author in this genre I'm always checking out what other authors are saying and E. Jean Carroll has become up with a clever plan that should be very useful for eager bachelorettes looking for a great boyfriend with upside potential.
The book is based on something the author calls "The Man Catching Method" which says that: 1) Mother Nature designed women to find and seduce a man, 2) Men decide pretty much everything about a woman in the first 30 seconds, and 3) When a woman meets a man and they like each other they will synchronize or click.
This book is about getting a man to fall in love with a woman and not about getting married or being responsible in a love relationship. It is focused on getting that fast and secure attachment with a man and then deciding later whether the woman actually wants to keep him or not.
With this limited scope, the author takes the reader on a 6 week journey that covers: 1) acquiring the proper aloof mindset, 2) looking appealing in a man's eyes, 3) getting a firm grip on debilitating fear, 4) 119 places where to meet men & smart online strategies, 5) how to initiate contact, 6) asking a man out on a date, 7) some insights about intimidating men, 8) when to have sex in order to drive the man wild, and 9) 79 ways to lose the man that's been caught.
What is probably underappreciated about this book is how the author uses credible sources in the behavioral sciences to back up her claims.
And what is most delightful about this book (even for a male reader like me) is the absolutely hilarious way the author makes her points.
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I am not sure which one is the greatest waste of money: buying her book or joining her website. Let's scratch "joining the website" because if you "recommend" you can be in for free. Everything in the book is probably true (ie how to catch the man) but keeping him it's just a totally different story, This book is great if you want to land many dates, but don't count on it to get married. The mere fact that you "click" with a man does not make him good marriage material. And for Goodness sake, do you really want to date a guy you met while opening a store door, just because you clicked? What about his background, character, income, and moral values? After wasting four months with their "strategies" and website, I took their best advice (where to find men) and went on my own with other book's advices and most of all with an open heart, and landed the man of my life in 4 weeks and married him within 3 months. Good luck to y'all single ladies.
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