Friday, March 20, 2015

Review: Next! by Barbara Summers

Since launching her professional matchmaking business in 1986, Barbara Summers has engineered the match for hundreds of married couples. In Next! A Matchmaker’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything In Between, Barbara extends her expertise to all women who want to find—and keep—the right guy. 

In her high-spirited guide to finding love, Barabara claims there are many “someones” for everyone. In a world of rich possibilities no woman should ever buy into the mentality that she’s unworthy of love, or feel she must settle for less than she wants, or stay in a relationship when the love is gone. 

Readers are invited to begin their search by creating a “Dream Match List” of Must-Haves, Nice-to-Haves, and Deal Breakers. While exploring the do’s and don’ts of dating, Barbara shares stories of her experiences with clients and her own (many) marriages. We learn the red flags of potential disasters and ways to recover from heart-wrenching breakups. And if we suddenly feel ready to make the leap into marriage, she recommends turning to the Marriage Practicality Checklist to help us decide if we’ve really found a good match. 

From what to expect on a first date to when to call it quits, Barbara delivers thoughtful instruction with humor and generosity. Most of all, she never wants a woman to be “stuck.” This won’t happen if we follow her advice: be fearless and know when to say “Next!”

Received for review.

From the very first page you can tell that the author really does want the best for the reader and that she does want you to get married.  Despite the absurdity of it she truly believes that there is not only one right person for everyone, but possibly several - as in not just The One, but The One, and The One, and The One.  It seems a little optimistic at best to think that everyone can meet the right person and get married if she so desires.  

However, the author follows her "believe it and he will manifest" theory in the very next chapter with the stipulation that while you can have everything you want you shouldn't ask for too much because you're too high maintenance.

Among the things that disturbed me the most was that the author believes that women should not have cats if they want to get married because men don't like cats.  This was on top of the recommendations to exercise, diet, get cosmetic surgery, and do whatever else she thinks it takes to get a man.

Overall, this was an interesting read and if you're about 22, desperately want to meet Mr. Right, and have no self-respect or common sense then this is a great read for you.  If you're not then give this one a pass.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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