Volume 96, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 29, 2003

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Dating dos and don'ts

By Kelly Marcella
Gazette Staff

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don'ts of Dating
By: Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long
Bantam Books

Dating – one of the most carefully planned dances between the sexes, complete with its own set of appropriate steps and moves.

It's about time someone finally cleared up all the confusion. In How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Michelle Alexander and Jeannie Long outline the best ways to avoid sticky dating situations and remain single for eternity, or keep coupledom fresh after 10 days.

This book covers a wide range of useful tips to ensure that anyone can maintain a relationship longer than 10 days – or get rid of a significant other, if necessary.

The best part about this book are the simplistic crayon drawings for each daily recommendation, which add to the book's hilarious approach to relationships. What more can you want than a book that resembles those "Little Miss" books from your childhood, but talks about sex and relationships?

From driving by your man's house, stalker-style, on day three, to cutting your hair like his ex-girlfriend's on day six, Alexander and Long outline the extreme aspects of relationships in a hilarious manner. The scary part is that, other than the obvious satirical exaggerations, the authors are critiquing people that we all know in some form or another.

For those who are fiercely independent, this book provides a safe outlet for laughing at all those friends who act clingy and out of control with significant others. And for those clingy relationship-types, this book will likely make you realize how desperate your actions seem, so that you can have a good laugh at yourself.

Either way, this book is a must-read for singles and couples alike. In light of its obvious satire, it should be a requirement for all those who intend to become involved with the opposite sex.

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