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The Single Girl's Guide to Meeting European Men Paperback – October 1, 2010
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About the Author
While enrolled at Vanderbilt University, Katherine Chloé Cahoon spent summers studying in Europe. Each fall her girlfriends wanted to know about the European men she had met, so she started writing. The result of her efforts became this guide. Cahoon is currently working on the screenplay of the book, which producers refer to as Sex and the City meets Love Actually in the hot spots of Europe.
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Now, I am not saying the the information isn't interesting and possibly entertaining, it just felt more like something that wouldn't really benefit people interested in travelling abroad. I also thought the pictures and the labels associated with the various men were not exactly current or even relevant.
I see based on other reviews that readers either love or hate Katherine's book. I enjoyed it. It's fun. It's a light, quick read. It's not a travel guide in the line of Rick Steves or Frommer's. It's not European literature like Umberto Eco or Albert Camus. The author never meant it to be. Katherine offers her readers several locations in Europe that are great places to meet hunky Euro-dudes. In addition there are safety tips, travel advice, and humor.
But seriously, in the U.S., as in other parts of our crazy hectic world, where single girls' go-go schedules don't leave a lot of time for play, thank God a writer is throwing them options other than online dating. Get those single girls out of their cubicles, on those planes, and headed for adventure! Maybe by doing so, a girl will meet their dream guy in addition to seeing some beautiful European sights, and as a plus the global economy will get a boost!
When I was offered this book for a review I thought I was being offered a fictional RomCom book. I mean, with a title like that, it seemed completely plausible. Well, imagine my surprise when the book arrived and it was an actual travel book guide for meeting European Men. I resolved to give it a fair chance and proceeded to read it. Ten pages in I could not believe this... I googled the author and I stumbled upon her promo videos. -_- Suffice it to say I was completely taken aback by the utter idiocy of the video content. Ohhh I get it (so I thought), this is all a joke! Not so. The joke was on me for having read this.
I can just imagine how this book was born:
Friend: `Katherine, you are soooo good meeting European men. you should totally write a book."
Author: "OMG! I should! Oh that is so ..like...awesome!"
The book assumes your desperate need for a European man and proceeds to generalize every nationality, provide stereotypes, uphold the stereotypes and give examples per guy type.
The only saving grace of this book are its well researched party locations tips. It provides good information as to where to party, with the addresses, sites and phone numbers.
* I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of a review.