4 out of 4 stars
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"Think about how alive you feel the first time a love interest 'just happens' to casually touch your arm. What if you kept that aliveness throughout your relationship?" This question forms the basis of the book, The Cool Guy's Guide: The Game of Romance. The difficulties in dating women, from the point of expressing interest to keeping the spark alive throughout a long-term relationship, is something that a lot of guys, including myself, have experienced. In this book, the authors, Matthew McCahill and Spencer Burnett, aim to guide men through the different phases of dating, offering practical advice from their pool of knowledge gained through careful observation and successful dating experiences.
It may be easy for some readers to have the misconception that this book is for "players." However, the book aims to impart knowledge on winning at the one-woman game. Using a simple language and a positive tone, the authors waste no time in introducing the reader to the issue at hand. While humor is also employed in certain parts of the book to help calm the reader's nerves, as the topic can be scary at times, the authors expertly ensure that the element of seriousness isn't lost. This was the first thing that really captivated me about the book.
Furthermore, the book is very relatable. The issues addressed here are issues a lot of men have experienced with dating, and the authors give a step-by-step approach, detailing different stages of the dating process and how to go about getting them right. The numerous personal experiences included in the book were also very helpful. Seeing the authors' methods being applied in their dating lives helped me see how practical their methods can be.
Another aspect of the book that I liked was that it didn't refer to men and women as one-dimensional and recognized that people are different and dynamic. A lot is said about taking the time to understand your partner better, and this was refreshing to read. There were also interesting discussions on the importance of gifts and how to get the right gift.
In addition, the book is concise, including a few common questions that men have asked about their relationships. The answers to these questions are also included. The book is well edited. I found about five grammatical errors throughout the book, but they were all minor errors and didn't derail my reading at any point. There wasn't much to dislike about the book, but considering that the book lays a lot of emphasis on the role of sexual intercourse in relationships, I would have liked to get the authors' opinions on whether a relationship can thrive without sex.
Overall, the book was a very educative and fun read for me. I didn't read anything that was controversial to me. It's a very easy decision for me to settle for rating this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend the book to romantics who hope to find and sustain true love. Even though the book talks to men, women can also read it with their partners and offer some insight into what works for them. After all, communication is key in relationships.
Cool Guys Guide
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