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Shacking Up: The Smart Girl's Guide to Living in Sin Without Getting Burned

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The must-have guide for any woman who’s ever thought about saying “yes” to the other big question: Will you move in with me?

More and more couples are choosing to live together before tying the knot—for convenience, to save money and, most importantly, to see if they’re compatible. While living together can be an exciting way to take your relationship to the next level, it
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 18th 2003 by Harmony (first published 2003)
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Jun 16, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing
Of the three books I've read on the topic, this was the best. But also, why have I read three books on the topic.
Mar 31, 2008 Christina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone thinking about moving in together
It's probably not fair to review the book when I didn't bother finishing it but I'm going to do it anyway.

For the most part this book was incredibly helpful. The chapter on legal issue with shacking up and ways to protect yourself and your stuff was EXCELLENT. I also loved the way it address both the joys and difficulties of living together. There is a great chapter on "learning how to argue" that every couple should read. So for the most part, this book is filled with information that has real
Jun 19, 2012 Butterfly rated it it was ok
I agree with the reviewers who have pointed out that this reads like an annoying Cosmo article. The authors think that the only way to hold the reader's attention is to make excessive references to fashion, brand names, shoe shopping, having an oversized closet, retail therapy, being "fabulous", etc. So annoying. The book is also already kind of dated, as well, with references to Brad and Jen's and Angelina and Billy Bob's "fabulous" marriages (whom the authors erroneously assume I GAF about).

Jul 24, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, practical
Shacking Up is a must-read for everybody moving in with someone - especially if you're not getting married right away (or at all), but even if you're getting married. Well, marriage usually entails some pre-wedding counseling, but this book is still chock full of great ideas. It begins by talking about the ups and downs of living together and how to decide if you and your partner are ready, and then goes through the legal, financial, and emotional safeguards and possibilities for your relationsh ...more
Nov 25, 2012 Claire rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: co-habitating couples; engaged couples; arguing married couples
Recommended to Claire by: Lois P. Frankel in her book "Nice Girls Don't Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make With Money"
It wasn't profound in any way or particularly revolutionary. However, unlike other reviews, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. True, it has a light style but given that it's 300 pages and you're probably emotional when reading it, I think that was a good choice. Yes, I could have probably thought out nearly everything in that book (except the sample of the legal contracts - that's helpful if you're writing your own, which often you might be writing your own at least amendments). Howev ...more
Jun 29, 2012 H. rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don’t think I fit the target market for Shacking Up. Shacking up is aimed toward women and assumes too much and relies too heavily on male and female stereotypes. It is too quick to assume the shackers don’t have any problem with it and to quick to assume the shackers’ parents do. It’s also a 100 miles wide and 1 inch deep.

That being said, Shacking Up is a great resource for any couple either considering moving in together or who has recently moved in together. It may be geared toward women, b
Mira Domsky
Feb 19, 2009 Mira Domsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is all about living with your significant other, from whether or not you should even do it, to how to handle the end, whether it's an engagement, or a break up. This is the only guide I've ever seen for successful cohabitation. It talks about the legal ramifications of cohabitation, how to keep the relationship interesting, how to tell your parents, and, my personal favorite, what to say to people who want to know when you're getting married. The book is full of information from person ...more
Gerri Alexander
Mar 13, 2011 Gerri Alexander rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-issues, grief
The author gives some good concrete advice about the subject. It's easy to slide into this kind of situation without realizing what the consequences will be. These include legal screw ups and the fact that your families probably won't be very supportive. The chapters on how to get along with each other are very practical, and could be useful even to people who are getting married. The author addresses the decision of whether or not to get married.

Of course, the author believes that this is a new
Apr 30, 2008 Emma rated it liked it
I found this book interesting, but it had a heck of a lot of common sense stuff that annoyed the crap out of me. Stuff as ridiculous as "If you've only been in the relationship for a week, consider other options than living together" - Okay thats not a direct quote, but it had stuff that I was kind of like... really? are you writing this book for idiots?

That being said, I did get a lot of good information from this book, but the whole making me feel like a toddler thing didn't sit well so 3 star
Jul 28, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic
It took me well over two years to actually finish reading this book, and by the time I did, it was borderline outdated. However, I would still recommend it for anyone thinking about cohabiting for the first time. The chapter about finances, as well as the sections which provided questions to ask yourself when considering cohabitation and marriage, were particularly helpful. In truth, I used them to jumpstart having important conversations with my boyfriend. There may be a better resource out the ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is more than a book. It was a wonderful jumping off point for several conversations with my SO when we were thinking of living together. It helped us get on the same page with regards to what we were looking for an what our forward path was. It helped us figure out what questions to ask each other as we built our relationship and gave great tips on how to manage individuality while merging personal spaces.

I recommend this book to ANYONE who's moving in with a significant other. It rea
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Mar 23, 2010 Lacy. go jb ivey/hudson rated it really liked it
i like this bookbecause girls would get good things from it. i think that teenage girls should read this book because it help them out with sichis. i gave it 4 stars becaus it helped me out a little with probles that acore in everyday grils life.
Sarah Rosenberger
May 16, 2011 Sarah Rosenberger rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology

Gives useful information and tips and brings up lots of things to think about, but the style is obnoxious and the whole thing feels oddly outdated (for example: does anyone actually have a home phone anymore?).
May 08, 2007 Erin rated it liked it
Probably should have read this BEFORE moving in with Mike, but it at least gives me some perspective about the future.
Trinity McFadden
This was a really helpful guide to the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of moving in with your significant other.
Jul 02, 2009 Jen rated it liked it
Every girl should read this before moving in with someone.
I'd give it a 3 and a half. It's helpful on some practical points, but condescending as the person writing it is married.
Jun 01, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it
Should be a must read before moving in together...if not for a good laugh more than to actually learn something.
Feb 01, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
Great book to read before you live with someone. Incidentally after I read this I got BURNED!
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