Scathing Book Reviews of The Rules, by Sherrie Shamoon and Ellen Fein

The Rules, by Sherrie Shamoon and Ellen Fein is a “how to” book that I won’t ever need.  Why?  Because it is a collection of “Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mister Right”.  I’m gender handicapped on that one, and married.  I don’t even need to buy it to figure out how my wife caught me, because I was the one doing the chasing. (Awwww…..)

Anyway, dating books are often funnier than they are true.  One of the “rules” in this book is: “In an Office Romance, on all nonbusiness -mails, responding once for every four of his e-mails is a good rule of thumb.”  What the…? Here’s another one.  “Don’t return his phone calls.”  Huh?  Seems to me that this books title should be “How to End a Relationship”.  The readers that wrote these Scathing Book Reviews of The Rules would like to throw a penalty flag:

I’m a guy, and I’ve read it. It’s taught me how to avoid girls looking to follow the advice of some untrained pop-gurus.


By following these godforsaken rules I lost the love of my life. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I tried this book, but I’d like to warn others… The author’s of this book should be jailed. ZERO STARS!


This book will work. In the same way that overt promiscuity and misogyny will work. There are plenty of stupid jerks out there and following these rules will make you a magnet for them.


Do women with IQs above 35 actually believe this drivel? How does lying and manipulating one’s way through the dating process create a lasting and secure relationship? The only part of the Rules phenomenon that I liked was taken care of by the Department of Schadenfreude: co-author Ellen Fein’s husband left her, citing abandonment. Beautiful.


I’ve got to give this book one star for obvious reasons, but I do highly recommend it! The paperback version is relatively inexpensive, and you can’t put a price tag on laughter.


Quite possibly the cheesiest relationship guide available.


This book is one giant step backward into the dark ages. Why don’t we give up the vote while we’re at it?

…and this review from an incorrigible romantic:

I don’t understand why people hate this book so much. There’s nothing about our society- work, raising children, writing college papers, etc.- that isn’t infested with manipulation. Do you really expect a love between two people who are raised in our society to be any different?

Scathing Book Reviews of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, by John Gray

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray has a few insights into the male-female dynamic. Whether they are right, wrong or simplistic is open to question, but one thing that isn’t is that John Gray no longer uses the title PHD on his book covers. “Mars and Venus”made quite an impression when it was first published in the mid 1990s, and spawned annual books using the”Mars and Venus” theme by Gray, who knew a good thing when he saw it. The original continues to sell strongly today, but these critical reviews of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” find a more simple message:

The book can be summarized in one phrase, men like to solve problems, women like to have problems.


The book should be called, “Men are whiney, delicate little things and women should bend over backwards to give them their space.”


The most sexist, biased, silly, unfounded, unhelpful waste of time to come from a publishing house in many a moon.

…and this review, from a woman I’m glad I’m not married to:

If all you want to learn is how to tolerate the self-absorbed male you live with, have at it! Yet another in a long line of books designed to convince females that it’s okay if he’s an oafish, selfish, non-communicative fixture who believes the only needs that count are his own.