Book Review: The Rules

Book: The Rules: Time Tested Secrets For Capturing The Heart Of Mr Right
Authors: Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider

Yes, I am absolutely ashamed of having bought this book, to the extent that I didn’t even manage to take it on the metro to read, just incase someone saw what I was reading.

I was even more devastated when I read that it was ‘one of the best self-help books on the market today’. WHAT? this was my first self-help book? I am embarrassed.

I think I bought it out of sheer curiosity, not to mention it being mascoted by Julia Allison — besides I thought, if it’s absolutely awful, I can still blog about it, right? 🙂

Anyway, as the name suggests – the book promises to make you win the heart of that Mr Right, not only until you get that ring on your finger, but to keep the ring FOREVER.

Now all those lovely single girls out there, wouldn’t you just die to know what the f*** is written in a such a book!?

Well, save your money — I will tell you right now.

The book reads like an annoying infomercial for these ‘rules’ that have become a phenomenon that you MUST live by religiously, not only live a healthy suffering free love life, but to really be able to live your life fully.

The rules go back to the Victorian ages where:
– the woman never calls
– the woman always hangs up first
– the woman never makes the first move
– the woman does not agree to a date on Saturday night if she is called after Wednesday
– the woman is never easily available
– the woman never pays
– the woman must be mysterious etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc…

There are 35 of these….you get the idea?

Basically, it’s the whole: live your life, look good, feel good, play super hard to get and the guys will not only come running after you, but will treat you right your whole life.

If you do the rules and a guy doesn’t start dancing to your tunes, he’s just not that into you! (Hmmm. Where have I heard that before?)

But, if he is — THE RULES are the miracle formula, the 1oo% guarantee of a happy love life that us modern 21st century girls forget about as we like to be fierce, ballsy and independent; as we like to go after what we want (including men) — this is our fuck up.

So follow the rules, all 35 of them and you will have a ring on your finger in no time.

Is there psychological evidence in the book? no

Is there scientific logic? no

Are there real life examples? not any credible ones

So how do we know they work? because the book says so and knows so.
C’mon! They got these original tips from Melanie, who got them from her Grandmum.

(What do I hear you say? “Who is Melanie?”
I have no idea, but she’s their source of wisdom. Seriously.)

The way the book is written is an insult to anybody with a brain.

You will feel stupid reading the book as it gives you tips on how to putter on dates, eat your dessert, and leave Mr Right begging for more.


WHAT? and this was a NY Times bestseller!? HOW?


Now, the funny bit is: even though it’s pretty pathetic in everything: content, language and credibility, I read all of it.

AND…I realized that I do NONE of those 35 rules. NONE. I never have.

AND…everything that I have been doing in relationships are written in this book as big NO NO’s, “THE SINS” — signed off with a further slap that concludes for me — this is why you have had shit relationships and are single, honey!

En fin: the book is a waste of money, and time. But, I’m still gonna try THE RULES. ooooooooh yeah.

If they keep a guy in my life for more than 6 months, I have got my value for money back.

Hmmm. Of course I would need to find a guy to try them on first.

Shish kebab.

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  1. Hello!
    My name is Pili and I’m a Spanish girl. I’m 20 years old and I’m studing Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. I’d like to be a painter. I like to go to “tapear” (to a Spanish bar, you know) go to some parties, but specially I like to travel around the world. Last year I studied in USA, when I met my friend Lucy. She is studing Spanish there. I write a spoken diary for her and for all of you. You can visit me every week in and download a free podcast. ¡Learning Spanish is easy with me!

    I recommend you to listen the first podcast to understand the diary.

    see you!

  2. hey, you’ve changed your pic.. and you didn’t event want to have this one taken in the first place!

    I guess this could relate to ‘The Rules’ in some roundabout way.. 🙂

  3. Well the rules sound pretty interesting.. to me. At least the ones you mentioned. Can you put all the 35.. it will help us guys 😉 a lot.

    Yes I know Anup Thomas, he was my salsa instructor in Bangalore.

  4. “If they keep a guy in my life for more than 6 months, I have got my value for money back.” Ja, ja, ja. No-no-girls are funnier…

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