Dating Advice Books: The Truth About What Works

Popular dating advice might seem like a cure-all for your relationship woes, but does it really hold up to science? We separate the fact from the fiction, and tell you what works (for real).
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In college, Emma, a twenty-something communications manager from Seattle, fell in love with a commitment-phobic older guy. She adored him, cancelled plans to be with him and did everything on his terms. (Oh, how familiar that scenario sounds…)

When that guy broke her heart (as those types always do), her mom sent her a care package: running shoes, a Sephora gift card and He’s Just Not That Into You, a dating advice book based on the eponymous slogan that rose to fame on the hit HBO show, Sex and the City, and later turned into a megastar Hollywood film. Emma took the mantra to heart and when that guy came crawling back, she kicked him to the curb.

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Shortly after, she met her husband. “He really is that into me,” she says. “And I can tell.”

Dating advice books might promise your very own Cinderella (or Emma) story, but they don’t always deliver. Using three popular dating advice books, we dish out the dirt on what works and what really, really doesn’t.


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