Real Men Don’t Text by Ruthie Dean & Michael Dean

Book description:

Welcome to dating in the digital world—where phone conversations followed by dinner and a movie have been replaced by last-minute texts, ambiguous relationships, and vague group hangouts.

While technology makes it faster and easier to connect than ever before, it has also created confusion . . . And heartbreak.

Ruthie and Michael Dean have heard the same story from thousands of women: the disappearing men, the cryptic messages, the disappointing relationships, and the false intimacy of on-screen connection.

In a no-holds-barred narrative style, the husband-and-wife team chronicles their dating mishaps, hilarious attempts to find love, and many mistakes—helping women understand just what men are thinking and how to attract Mr. Right.

Real Men Don’t Text offers game-changing perspectives, bringing a fresh approach to love, sex, and dating. You don’t need to spend one more night staring at a phone screen. It’s time to take back your love life!

My review:

This book is not at all what I expected.  I anticipated it being more about technology instead of dating.  However, it was much better than I expected.  It was interesting and engaging and I think the authors did a great job of describing the dating world in light of text messaging.

The entire time I was reading this book, I kept thinking about the movie He’s Just Not That Into You because it was so similar in theme and message.  The bottom line of both this book and that movie is that if men are interested, they will make something happen!  The confusing text messages or periods of little to no contact just show you that he just isn’t that interested.

However, the Dean’s go further than just addressing texting.  They also encourage women to place a higher value on themselves and hold men to higher standards.  The best part about this book is that readers get to experience perspectives on dating from both a male and female viewpoint.  There is a lot of common sense in this book.

My least favorite thing about this book is that there isn’t a lot of new information in it.  The ideas put forth are ideas that I have read elsewhere (or seen on the big screen).  A lot of the wisdom in the pages of this book has been passed down from mothers to daughters throughout the years.  The Deans have simply updated the information to a texting society.  However, even though the ideas are not new, they are so important for our young women to internalize and live by that they bear repeating again and again and from different sources.

Anyone who has a young woman in their life can help her guard her heart by sharing this book with her.  I highly recommend it to any single woman who is waiting for Prince Charming, because it will help her avoid the toads.

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