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Book Review - Such a Nice Guy

Few things seem to perplex heterosexual women more than the minds of men. Thanks to differences in the wiring of the brain as well as variations in social conditioning, men and women tend to perceive some things in remarkably different ways. Dating is, of course, no exception, which is why both men and women so often complain about how challenging it can be to understand the wants and needs of the opposite sex.

Luckily, thanks to author Phil Torcivia, women now have a way to gain some insight into the minds of men while being thoroughly entertained in the process. In his book, Such a Nice Guy, Phil Torcivia offers one hilarious anecdote after the other about the dating adventures of a middle-aged, divorced man. Though he readily admits to having embellished the situations that he describes for dramatic effect, it seems fairly obvious that both his perspective and imagination hold some valuable clues about how men perceive dating, relationships, and the women that they encounter along the way.

Though he touches upon a few subjects that are typically of a serious nature, such as infidelity, dissatisfying relationships, and emotional baggage, Torcivia puts such a humorous spin on each of them that his approach is sure to leave you tickled, if not laughing out loud altogether. Many of the stories in the book offer as much enlightenment as they do entertainment value. One such example can be found in a chapter titled, “If You Love Him, Leave for Him”, wherein Torcivia makes a good case for why it is important to recognize when a relationship has run its course and to avoid staying with a partner for all the wrong reasons.

Another memorable and amusing chapter in Torcivia’s book is titled “How Do I Work You?” in which he makes a comical request for women to assist the men that they date by preparing instruction manuals that highlight their unique operating styles and tastes. In between insightful tidbits about how men think and what they want from women, Torcivia also includes a few stories that reveal quite a bit about his own personality and some of the things that make him tick, which I imagine can work both for and against him if any of his future dating candidates happen to have read his book.

I honestly can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about Such a Nice Guy. It was a funny and informative glimpse into the minds of men that kept me highly entertained and allowed me to look at some common dating situations in a new, more comical light. While it is undoubtedly an entertaining read for both genders, I think women definitely stand to gain some valuable insights from this book. If you get a chance to pick up a copy of Such a Nice Guy, I highly recommend you do so.

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