- “How to Date Men When You Hate Men” by Blythe Roberson
- Non-Fiction Humor
- Read as an ebook as a review copy from the publisher.
- 5/5 stars
- Finished April 22, 2019
From New Yorker and Onion writer and comedian Blythe Roberson, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a comedy philosophy book aimed at interrogating what it means to date men within the trappings of modern society. Blythe Roberson’s sharp observational humor is met by her open-hearted willingness to revel in the ugliest warts and shimmering highs of choosing to live our lives amongst other humans. She collects her crushes like ill cared-for pets, skewers her own suspect decisions, and assures readers that any date you can mess up, she can top tenfold. And really, was that date even a date in the first place?
With sections like Real Interviews With Men About Whether Or Not It Was A Date; Good Flirts That Work; Bad Flirts That Do Not Work; and Definitive Proof That Tom Hanks Is The Villain Of You’ve Got Mail, How to Date Men When You Hate Men is a one stop shop for dating advice when you love men but don’t like them.
I am one of the pickiest daters out there. I also really dislike most humor books and dating books, but this one stole my heart. I had never heard of Roberson before this book but consider me waving the banner of “HUGE FAN” now. This book was funny, and relateable and everything I never knew I needed. Blythe is a left wing feminist, struggling with trying to find a dude that fits what she’s looking for, despite the fact that well, most men are trash. She walks through all the different parts of relationships and dating and does it in a way that had me cackling and wanting to cheers her with every other line.
This is one of the books that I would recommend to any leftist feminist millennial. I know that’s kind of specific, but it’s honestly hard out there for us to find dates! It’s hard not to feel like you’re alone in a world that insists you must fit under a label of “that kind of girl” or whatever. Roberson made me feel less alone and at the same time, completely reassured that the struggles I was having, are normal struggles to have. That the “rules” of dating are funny and complex, and not to take it so seriously. It was almost like medicine for my soul. I’m so thankful I was given this DRC and will not stop talking about it.
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