Down-to-Read with Daniela: He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo
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Full Title:
He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

Age Group:
Adult

Themes and Genres:
Non-Fiction, Psychology, Self-Help, Man-Woman Relationships, Communication, Sex Differences

Summary:
The witty, hilarious Greg – and his accomplice Liz – explore dating through a typical man’s point of view. Using a letter-answer format, Greg tackles some of the most challenging relationship difficulties that women endure at the hands of their disaffected male partners. Not only does Greg warn us that they are just not that into us, but he urges us to save “the pretty” and demand more from the men in our love lives.

My Thoughts:
I know, I know, how embarassing to admit that I actually voluntarily read this. Not to mention it’s pushing on being a decade old now. But it’s amazing to see how the phrase, rather the phenomena “he’s just not that into you” continues to prevail in pop culture, even spurring a fairly recent movie adaptation.

While this book does play into many male-female stereotypes, there is a lot that rings true. And Greg’s witty banter is also entertaining to read. Ultimately, rather than being a depressing tirade on the inadequacies of the male gender, the book succeeds in uplifting women to recognize deception in their male partners and to have the confidence to save themselves for someone much better.

The book also includes these mini-workbooks at the end. I loved this one, especially the responses I found scrawled in (tsk!tsk!) from library patrons:

MY SUPER-HELPFUL STANDARDS THAT I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET OR FORSAKE NO MATTER HOW HOT I THINK HE IS:

1. I will not date men period! (I am becoming a nun)
2. I will never give him the upper hand!

And there you have it. Real responses straight from our patrons! Book vandalism, but hilarious nonetheless. Gotta love it.

See what all the hype is about and borrow He’s Just Not That Into You from your local Vaughan library. Try the movie too. It’s quite entertaining!

One Reply to “Down-to-Read with Daniela: He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tucillo”

  1. Colleen Says:

    I am also embarrassed to admit that I voluntarily read this, but I did so because I had a friend who had been severely mistreated by a boyfriend (dumped, undumped, dumped again, etc) who just was not able to admit the terrible guy needed to be dropped, and fast.

    When you’re scanning this book looking for patterns of ill behaviour for a friend’s ex — that is, when it’s not personal to you — it’s a lot easier to enjoy the comedy and see the wisdom behind the words!