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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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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.
It takes much more than 30 seconds for people to discover what they have in common, how valuable they are to each other, how compatible they are and whether they share their lives to any greater extent.
From that perspective, the book is truly shallow. What you will find in this book is how to get a man's attention and possibly create that initial "click" - how to act so that a man finds you desirable and perhaps becomes intrigued to get to know better - at least until he gets what he's after.
The author does list numerous places where you may go hunting for possible candidates. Yes, it is a common sense that if you desire to find a man, you go to places which are frequented mostly by men - such as sports events, in which case I hope you truly enjoy the particular sport and are not attending the event because you are truly desperate or afraid of being alone.
One of her "wise" suggestions is dressing sexy and walking into a man's washroom. Good luck to you!
There are many other places and if you are a woman who has a rich life with many interests, your best bet would be meeting someone who shares some of those interests you are passionate about. If you have a fulfilling life, then you won't be needy, so you won't have to play the games and pretend that you're not lonely and desperate for having a man. If you are desperate, no matter what you do on the outside, and how well you think you can fake it, sooner or later, that desperation will show.
If you are happy with your life, with or without a man, then you'll be able to focus on sharing the time together because both of you enjoy it and have something valuable to share with each other, so you'll want to be together again and again, after that initial click is long gone.
As the previous reviewer noted - there are many other books with much better suggestions and of much higher quality.
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. Like a comedian, there's something funny every paragraph or so. And it's tasteful, intelligent humor too!
In the genre of dating books this one really stands out as about the most entertaining and helpful in its limited scope (getting a man to fall in love) of just about any one I've ever come across.
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