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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Anatomy of a Boyfriend

Holly told me I would like this book "because it's just very realistic." Well, Holly was right; that's exactly why I liked it. I mean, how many girls/women have not spent hours reading and rereading some guy's letter/e-mail to dissect every nuance (nuances that he probably never intended, as he just spent about 2 minutes dashing it off), only to spend another two hours carefully composing a five-line reply that is intended to look as if it, too, took only about 2 minutes? Other things from the novel that I could totally relate to and I'm sure we've all done:

  • reacted naturally yet irrationally to some relationship situation

  • been aggravated and/or jealous but pretended you're not because you don't want to be (or at least appear to be) a nagging/annoying/self-centered/etc. girlfriend

  • felt selfishly about something when you know you shouldn't but you can't help it and you either (a) act irrationally (see above), or (b) pretend it doesn't bother you when it totally does

  • been more consumed with your relationship than with things that you know are more important

  • had to deal with breaking up with a partner's family as much as with him/her

  • neglected friends because you're so consumed with your new relationship

2 comments:

Children's Librarian Extraordinaire said...

I don't think these traits are by any means limited to the female sex! I would say I've done most if not all of those things myself...as have several of my male friends.

Sheryl said...

Oh, I forgot to list "composing a long e-mail and then totally erasing it." Can I tell you how many times I've done that?