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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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08/04/2008 Archived Entry: "Book Review: Good Girl's Guide to Living in Sin"

The Good Girl's Guide to Living in Sin
Story by Joselin Linder & Elena Donovan Mauer
Published by Adams Media
ISBN-10: 1598695843
ISBN-13: 978-1598695847

Review by Linda Yau

Normally this wouldn't be a book that would appeal to my senses, but this book semi-defies the statement of you could never judge a book by its cover in both positive and negative matters. This is a necessity reading if you are any of these categories a) a female who is looking to live with their boyfriend b) a female who is already living with a boyfriend and want to see what basic knowledge is there, finally c) a female who looks into reading self-help books of all types and kind.

This book has six sections within the categories of: legal issues, family/societal issues, finding/decorating shared home, moving to a new city/ his, hers or new to both of you, boundaries/respect/privacy, social/romantic life. There are many helpful tables/lists, case studies, things to consider or know about and an index to make searching easier for specific topics.

It might be gender bias if I may say so, but I abhor the lurid pink color of the cover and the font! Gosh I saw people staring at my book choice in the subway where I eventually had to get a book cover. It is a prudish action on my part, yes - but I feel that the subject is quite embarrassing in this open society! Oh the other hand, I simply hate being reminded of the pink color. So be it, if pink is color strategy to sell to woman, then the pox to females who does not like pink. This is similar to carrying beer in a brown paper bag, there is a degree of sensitivity with a book of such flashing colors.

Still this is a good self-help book as a beginning guide in this very special interest market that is slowly beginning to have some materials of guides for girls who live with their boyfriends without the hassle of marriage.

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