Title: Men & You
Author: Rikki Markson & Jayde Kelly
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Genre: Non-fiction, Romance
Format Read: Paperback, 238 pages
Publication Date: 1st October 2014 by Harlequin Mira Australia
Synopsis: “Why do smart, attractive women stay with men who treat them badly?
Why do women who date musicians always end up with a broken heart and a huge bar tab to pay off?
And why do surgeons have the worst chat-up lines?
Intrepid authors Rikki Markson and Jayde Kelly decided to test the theory that you can tell a lot about a man by his career choices. They watched men in their natural habitat, gained their trust, stole their secrets and seldom returned their phone calls, and Men and You was born.
Full of humour, fascinating insights and sexy detail, Men and You offers you a smorgasbord of menfolk, from artists to investment bankers, and tells you where to find them, what to do with them when you do, and how good they are in bed.
An exploration into the inner workings of romantic relationships, Men and You takes on the big questions such as ‘Is he gay or just perfect? and ‘How do you catch a liar?’ with a mixture of analysis, quizzes and profiles. It offers advice on essentials, such as sexy disrobing, fast-tracking intimacy and 12 things men wish you knew.
Gorgeously illustrated and designed, Men and You speaks to a generation of girls who know their worth. You can’t change a man but you CAN steer clear of musicians, and you may just find your Prince Charming — or failing that, a charming encounter.” (Taken from Goodreads)
Men & You was a super fun read filled with beautiful illustrations that pop off the pages. I’m a huge fan of colours, and the use of colours and patterns in this book really appealed to my inner design-nerd. GIMME MOAR!
This book is definitely unlike most that I read, being that I would classify it as non-fiction. The authors had conducted research prior to writing this book, so I would say that there are some real facts that would appeal to lovers of magazines like Cosmopolitan, Cleo and Marie Claire. The book is a guide to ‘love, flirting and dating’, and was a real delight to read. However, keep in mind that while it may be non-fiction (I’m not entirely convinced it is), take its advice with a grain of salt because love, flirting and dating is very subjective and is different for all individuals.
But having said that, I found myself flipping through the pages so quickly that I managed to finish it within the hour. I spent most of my time admiring the illustrations, and had a good laugh over some of the advice.
The book is written in a very open and comforting way that invites the reader to participate along. It’s filled with quizzes about love and dating, and also offers advice on how to be more confident with yourself. The best parts were the sections that told you about the men you should avoid. Oh man, and were some of them true!
Half of the book is dedicated to pinpointing men based on career type. The section is divided like a menu, with ‘specials’ being the men not always on offer/preferred except for people with an attraction to them. Some of these include:
- Personal trainer
- Trust-fund heir
- Reality TV star
The ‘mains’ section are the men that your family would adore and you may see yourself marrying some day. Some of these include:
What I found hilarious was that I showed my boyfriend the page dedicated to his career and he actually said that it was pretty spot on. And you know what, I actually agree.
And finally, we have the ‘desserts’, the men that are all fantasy and fun. Some of these include:
- Toy Boy
Before you say, “jeez this is really sexist”, do keep in mind that the book is intended to be fun and entertaining. There are helpful tips and fun advice, but don’t base your relationship on just a book. I believe the general gist of the book is to empower women to become more confident with themselves, and to take a light-hearted approach to love and dating. My boyfriend flipped through it and found it funny. He agreed with some of the advice and said some were silly.
I would recommend this for girls of all ages that love a light, fun read. If you’re a fan of Cosmopolitan and their love advice/quizzes, then this would be a perfect read for you. Please be aware that there may be inappropriate content for girls under the age of 16.
Thank you to AC Agency for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.