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he's just not that into you - The No Excuses Tribute to Understanding Guys
by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo
Simon Spotlight Entertainment (Simon & Schuster)
ISBN 0-689-87474-X
Published September 2004 - Hardcover - 167 pages - $19.95

After watching author Greg Behrendt on the Oprah Show, I just knew I'd have to review his book.  It's a lesson for all us girls, women, and ladies.  This is predominantly a man's perspective on dating women and he comes clean - thank you for your honesty.  A lot of eyes will be opened and a lot of energy channelled elsewhere, and a lot of unnecessary pain avoided.  Co-author Liz Tuccillo says in her introduction, "Assume rejection first.  Assume you're the rule, not the exception.  It's intoxicatingly liberating".  We've all done it - over-analyzing why he doesn't call, why he does certain annoying things, and worst of all, made excuses for his "behavior".  This rather humorous book is a series of questions and answers, much like a help column in a magazine, relating to the excuses men give us for their non-actions, followed by Greg and Liz's responses.  I felt myself cringing at some of the letters, and you will too, at being reminded that I've "been there, done that" over and over.  It's time to stop our nonsense.  There truly is no reason for us to be such pushovers, I don't care how much you think you love him.  I learned the hard way and have been single and mostly happy for most of my life.  Investing one's emotions, thoughts, caring nature, ability to give birth, and our precious time, in an unrequited relationship, makes us all look like dummies.  Sex is not the be-all and end-all of life, especially when there's little to no love involved.  We deserve better and I for one have learned not only that I wasn't alone in my pathetic actions and thoughts, but that I have moved on - literally and figuratively.  Stop wasting time trying to figure him out - take the hint and run.  There are no excuses on his part.  Life's much too short (hindsight is a wonderful thing) to waste time on possibilities in the love department.  See my review of his second book, It's Called A Breakup Because It's Broken.
Conclusion - Gotta read this.  Gotta get it.  Men too.

Review copy not supplied by publisher - library copy reviewed.


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