How to Love


I normally don’t write book reviews, but I feel compelled to in this case because this is one of the worst books I have ever read, for multiple reasons:

1. It’s sexist. He makes a comparison between the increasing divorce rate and the women’s rights movement. First of all, statistics 101–correlation does not equal causation. Secondly, has he never read one of the seminal women’s rights books of all time “The Feminine Mystique”?? Wives and mothers were angry and frustrated long before the second I normally don’t write book reviews, but I feel compelled to in this case because this is one of the worst books I have ever read, for multiple reasons:

1. It’s sexist. He makes a comparison between the increasing divorce rate and the women’s rights movement. First of all, statistics 101–correlation does not equal causation. Secondly, has he never read one of the seminal women’s rights books of all time “The Feminine Mystique”?? Wives and mothers were angry and frustrated long before the second wave of the women’s rights movement, BEFORE divorce became socially acceptable.

2. It’s discriminatory in general. He makes a “blond leading a blond” joke. I’m not even blond and this offended me.

3. Most of the book–even after the first third that is specifically dedicated to it–is about people to avoid in relationships, but it’s basically just a list of negative personality tendencies that we all struggle with. Every person in the world is encompassed to some extent under each of his disorders to avoid being in a relationship with.

4. It jumps around addressing topics that have nothing to do with love, including his own personal beliefs on religion. I happen to agree with them, but I still ended the book feeling like this was his own personal diatribe based not on fact or evidence, but merely his views of the world. …more

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