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How Not to Date
by Judy McGuire (Goodreads Author)
On the heels of the success of How to Date in a Post-Dating World comes this polar opposite: a collection of dating nightmares that'll certainly let readers know what absolutely not to do on a date. Since the year 2000, dating columnist Judy McGuire has advised and entertained singles with her irreverent Ask DateGirl column. For every possible type of dating nightmare scen ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Sasquatch Books
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It is what it claims to be-- stories of bad dates, which can be very entertaining in a schadenfreude/commiseration kind of way. A surprising number are from the author's own personal history, and overall (with a few exceptions) they lack the sheer weirdness I would expect from a book level bad date story. A little more of a magazine tone than I like (alliteration, "fashion don'ts" etc) but entertaining enough on the subway. (As an aside, Kindle edition really mangles a book like this with a lot ...more
I've read more interesting dating stories in The Village Voice. There isn't enough substance for this to have been made into an entire book. Her subjects sound like the most undateable, purposely-picked, unbelievably clownish embellishers whose stories come across as disingenuous for the sake of making otherwise boring experiences seem interesting.
Okay, this was a pretty funny book. I must admit, although I have some interesting stories of my own, I can't top a few of the ones that were told in this book. In the end, I guess you could say that the best thing about this book is that it made me feel a lot better about my own dating problems (at least I never, nor have I ever had, someone poop on my bed....thats just nasty!)
For men and women, gay or straight, it is full of advice, warnings and misadventures of people who have been there, done that, wished they hadn't and lived to tell the tale. While I wanted to say to some people "Why did you make such a stupid mistake/decision?" I also enjoyed the schadenfreude. It's great if you need a laugh or to feel better about your dating life.