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The Fascinating Girl

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Fascinating Womanhood is a guide to a happy marriage and a two million best seller. Its success, however, is not measured so much by the number of copies sold as by the lives it has changed. The impact it has had on marriages has been phenomenal, as evidenced by the thousands of testimonials, many which have been included in her book. Through Fascinating Womanhood there is ...more
Published February 1st 2003 by Authorhouse (first published 1970)
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May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book, though old-fashioned in the way it presents relationships, is very insightful. I refer to it often though my first time reading it I was skeptical. It explains the steps of winning a man's heart well, I've used it's tactics. I still have my personality, and can stand up for myself, but around my man I now know how to comfort, get him to confide, and be his angelic beauty.

Sure, some may say it is fun to laugh at, but more often than not, it's because they don't trust it enough to appl
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teen. It was okay. Definitely old fashioned, to the point of being laughable at times. There is some good insight into the way men think, but I also don't believe all men are exactly the same, and this tends to generalize and put them all neatly in the same box. For example, I do not think all men are put off by strong minded, independent women. I think that the fact that men in the past have viewed themselves as superior to women was wrong and that is something men have had to ...more
Annie Thompson
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all single women
This book is great for single women, whether you are single by choice, death or divorce. I have learned alot about how to respond to a man when I meet them. There are many lessons a woman can learn and still be herself. I find it quite refreshing especially as I have re-entered the dating scene. It is quite fun to be an angel and a domestic goddess, most men love to be able to take care of a woman over having a very strong independent woman. I would have to agree with this as I have tried the ex ...more
Lindsay Wolsey
There are so many things I can say about this book, but I will stick with this. If you follow the advice in this book, you will be helping to set back women's lib about 200 years. This book is the complete opposite of what I tell my daughter, and is the reason we needed Gloria Steinhem.

It's fabulous for a good laugh, but this is not a book to be taken seriously. Pretending to be stupid and fragile and needing a man to take care of you because you are incapable of thinking for yourself is the wor
Nov 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This is what my wife's and my marriage is based on. I'm kidding. This is kind of a chauvinists approach to male and female relationships. Basically, this books says that women should be submissive and 100% obedient to their husbands and if anything bad ever happens the woman is to blame. This book was the guidebook for June Clever in the the "Leave it to Beaver" TV show from the 1950's. This is pretty humiliating reading for any female.
Crystal Freeman
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
I got this from my parents house from a junk pile. It was given to my mother in the 70's I believe when she converted to the LDS church. It is a hilarious self help book of how to be the perfect wife and mother. Obviously it is outdated and against the feminist movement.A wonderful piece for conversation. I remembered I had read this book when I recently read its contemporary " The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands"
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I like this book, because it's full of positive thoughts. I think, every girl or woman will find something own in it. And, maybe, somebody will find nothing. It's written enough conservatively and also speaks about another mentality, than we have. But, most important, extract necessary information which you really need. And this book has a lot of useful information! I usually read this book, when I just want get some inspiration. I recommend it for all! Only women of course! ;)
Apr 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
If we were rating this book on sheer entertainment value, I'd give it 5 stars. We read passages aloud at family gatherings to have a good laugh. Since it was written to be taken seriously, I have to rate it accordingly.

This is terrible, terrible, terrible. From the "real-life" examples (characters from novels) to the advice given (capable women - men won't like you unless you pretend to be dumb, etc.), this is so damaging. Read it for fun, not for enlightenment.
Jul 01, 2009 rated it did not like it
Thanks for the book, sis! Ha, ha! Maybe I should rate this book a bit higher for its comedic benefits. When you read something that you know the author intended to be serious, but it is just a complete farce, how can you not laugh!? I cannot believe how many people have given this a good review! What is up with you people?
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self
It's on the self shelf, as it's meant to be a self-help book. Mostly it provided fantastically nauseating information and made me want to count occurrences of the usage of "manly". There were some good points, but you have to get through many lessons on pretending to be a helpless and intellectual midget to get there. I will try to strip away the good points from the rest of it and mostly am just glad I'm done. I can't give one star for two reasons: 1) I agree with her on most of what she puts f ...more
Ron Christiansen
Nov 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nf
Of course I did not like or agree with this book, but I've found it enormously useful in helping my students understand the level and detail of gender discrimination women faced--and not that long ago.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Such a good read for young women, maturing into woman hood.
Rufaro Machingambi
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
lovely book indeed
Jean Simmons
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Kind of an odd book. Unintentionally amusing at times. Some helpful advice anyway.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it liked it
The Fascinating Girl is Helen Andelin’s lesser-known tome. (She became famous in the early 1970s for Fascinating Womanhood, which I have not read). In this book, her focus is not on how a wife can keep her husband’s attention and affection, but rather, how a single girl can eventually win the man of her choice . The thread running all through the book is the two loves of Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield, whom Andelin uses to illustrate her premise about how a woman should strive to become a ...more
Mindy Jones
Mar 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this when I was a young teen. The author goes on and on about how men want a woman who is morally upright and yet also childlike and playful. To prove her point, she quotes extensively from David Copperfield, using Agnes and Dora as examples of each half of the perfect woman. When I got a little older, I actually read DC and was stunned to find it was fiction. Also, (spoiler), David was happy with the mature Agnes, NOT with the idiotic -- excuse me, childlike -- Dora. Not that it matters, ...more
Kiri Dawn
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
A friend mentioned Andelin's books so I got my hands on a copy; I didn't realize I was going to be reading how-to-snag-a-man-in-6-easy-steps! Andelin's encouragement to become a woman worth having was good and sometimes convicting, even if her worldview (she's Mormon) marred the information. The rest of the book, though, was frustrating. I know many reviewers on this site think this book is demeaning toward women, but I found it so toward men, as well. They are treated as easily manipulated. Ove ...more
Mar 13, 2008 added it
Shelves: philosophy
My mother gave me this book and when I read it I was gob smacked. Basically be submissive to men and all will go well with the world. Then to prove her wrong I tried it, but then it worked!! How sad. What a sad commentary on men. Now I don't know what to think.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women
Recommended to Marie by: Mom
Great easy read even for today. Clear advice on how to attract the right man.
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had my girls read this before they started dating. I read it about four months before I got married.
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: relationships
I wouldn't read it very soon after reading Fascinating Womanhood but definitely instead of it if you're single and looking.
Aug 20, 2010 marked it as to-read
Just like Fascinating Womanhood, I plan to read this for "fun." And I fully expect to turn blue in the face with fury.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Just a funny old book that tells you how to be a Fascinating girl that all the boys will go crazy for :)
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social-history
Very entertaining. Some of it actually works, which is even more entertaining. Try the childlike anger tactics. It's hilarious, and it works. Go figure.
Hannah Hall
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enlightening and informative
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: on-women
I'm not sure I can make up my mind on this book.
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