Dating Never Works... until It Does: 100 Lessons from 1,000 Dates by Zack Oates
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received electronic copy for review
Genre: Self Help/Non-Fiction
Book Description: Tired of mixed messages, confusing signals, and of playing the dating game? Dating expert Zack Oates has experienced it all in this comical guide that will keep you happy and laughing. Perfect for audiences in dating situations of all kinds, these encouraging steps will help you find your celestial mate.
My thoughts: I agreed to read this book because I have a couple of kids who are discouraged with dating. I thought that if I got a few great ideas I could impart my new found wisdom upon them, until my husband reminded me that they hate it when I get in their business. I even put a few hints out there to my son that I had this book and quoted a couple of lines at him, only to see the wary look in his eye. (Don't try to catch a swan when you are being a penguin, I thought it was a good one. He informed me that he likes penguins.)
So, the first thought is to not read this book for your kids. They might not like that. My second thought is to do read the book for you, because you will like it. There is some great advice that can be adapted to any level of relationship you happen to be on. One thought is that you can't expect someone to be perfect and accept your faults. It is great to have these reminders, even when you have been married for 24 years.
The book is full of humor. He does a great job of relating dating experiences in a fun way, even thought I am sure at the time some of them were painful. We have a tendency to be too serious. He reminds his reader that dating is supposed to be fun. He also talks about the etiquette of dating. Make sure that you call it a date. Many times my daughter has complained that she wants to go on a date. I point out to her that she recently went on a hike with so and so, she then tells me that he said he wanted to "hang out", therefore it was not a date. So presentation, attitude, etc are all important in the wold of dating. (They are also important in the world of marriage.)
This is a very cute book. I may wait until the shock of me reading a dating book wears off with my kids before I buy them a copy. (Insert evil laughter).
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