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Such a Nice Guy

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Who am I? What do I know? What qualifications do I have to observe and evaluate? I’m just a man in his late forties who was fortunate enough to have a relatively baggage-free second shot at love and a sense of humor to avoid the depression that comes with rejection. I’m also lucky to be able to work from home, giving me the time to reflect and write about love on the West ...more
Paperback, 348 pages
Published October 16th 2009 by BookSurge Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 11, 2011 Cupcakencorset rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older men with relationship baggage and issues
This book is a collection of essays taken from the author's blog site. It was okay. I'd recommend it for middle-age or older men with relationship baggage and women issues. As a woman "of a certain age", I couldn't relate much to his points of view, although his means of expression was often amusing. There was a thin thread of misogyny or cultural bias that distanced me from Torvicia's POV, possibly because his description of women and his preferences and his experiences made it crystal clear th ...more
Dec 26, 2009 Celise rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Celise by: Goodreads Giveaway
The Good: This deserves the rating of "God bless your dirty heart." ~Holy Hubert Lindsey

The Bad: I created a new shelf "Not worth the paper printed on".

The Ugly: Crass, insensitive, indelicate. I lacked common sense after reading the first essay and continued reading!

I expected this book to be funny. It does raise a few thought-provoking questions, and was moderately touching in parts (he felt bad for the sad girl in the wine bar whose finance wouldn't talk to her on the phone because he was busy). I think the author would do better if he would just go with this sensitive side instead of talking all macho all the time. The book wasn't very funny and reading about his sexcapades got old pretty quickly.
This is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I laughed out loud, multiple times, and didn't want to stop reading. I'm sad it ended when it did, because I'm sure there are more brutally honest observations to be made. Without hitch or hesitation, Torcivia plunges right into the terror-ridden world of relationships, doling out advice from what I gather is a long, sometimes painful, often comical attempt to reside there. Seldom is anyone willing to be as exposed and honest as Torcivia is, a ...more
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I am going to start by saying how much I love the format of this book. It's not quite short stories or essays, its more like what you would expect from a blog entry. To me this book is like a years worth of blogging neatly packaged up with some awesome artwork into a convenient package.

This guy could be a stand-up comedian I would imagine. He has an interesting way of viewing life, and manages to find the humor in most every situation. I particularly love how he can write in a way that anyone ca
I requested a copy of this book because it said it was in the vain of David Sedaris, I was expecting short stories with some humor. This book didn't have the humor of Sedaris or the storytelling acumen. Some of the book was crass, it wasn't very entertaining and came off in parts like whiny drivel. I think the best parts were the parts where Torcivia actually talked a bit about his life like Office Olympics but I could have enjoyed this book less without the unnecessary lists and quizes which ju ...more
This was a freebie from GoodReads and although it's taken me awhile to read it and review it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the short vignettes as they made this book perfect for reading one or two at a time and then putting the book aside. Laugh out loud funny in parts. Regardless of his personal feelings, Phil Torcivia is not only a nice guy, he's pretty darn funny, too!
Megan Hansen
Torcivia tried for a clever, honest look at relationship, love and life, and successfully pulled it off... some of the time. Some essays sat better with me than others. I did enjoy the illustrations; they made the read more fun. Overall, if you like guy humor, you'll enjoy this, if you're thinking "What does she mean by guy humor?" Run away.
I only made it 30% through this book (I have a Kindle) and couldn't take it anymore. Saw the recommendation on Facebook about how great it was. Ick. Just started Me, the Mob and the Music by Tommy James and it has been excellent so far.
The first few chapters are interesting but it goes down hill after that.. the writing is terrible. Without any characters to develop, the book drags on as a some dude's uninteresting rambling.. skip this one.
Kate Givans
Great book! Lot of fun to read. Love how it made me laugh! Very candid author, very "no holds barred" book! Highly suggest to anyone who likes humor, relationships, and funny guy musings.
Nov 28, 2010 Morgan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I laughed a lot, nodded a bunch, and squirmed a couple times. I didn't always agree with his views, but had no problem with his overall outlook. I think my husband would enjoy it.
Amusing, with honest observations, but at times there was WAY too much information about Phil's personal life. Plus, he is an atheist and a stoner.
May 10, 2011 Bobby is currently reading it
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If you write the author a message w/ your address, he will send you a free copy as long as you promise to write a review w/!
Loved the honest insight into the male mind. (even though some of it made me a little sad....being 44 and all.) Laughed a lot.
Some funny essays and a few, good one-liners.
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Torcivia is a divorced man who transplanted himself from Pennsylvania into the treacherous dating pool in Southern California. His feline companions, Syd and Symon, share his home in San Diego and an occasional dish of leftover tuna. Torcivia loves nothing better than bellying up to the bar with his favorite social lubrication (wine) and watching the bizarre mating rituals of the locals, which he ...more
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