He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Dating in the Digital Era
by Lisa Winning and Carrie Henderson-McDermott
Overview (from B&N.com): The He’s Just Not That Into You for the iPhone generation — a frank, funny, and refreshingly helpful guide to dating in the age of social media from the creators of the wildly popular blog HeTexted.com. As Glamour magazine writes, “There are two types of women in the world: 1) Women who’ve gotten a vague or confusing text message from their crush and analyzed how to respond for hours with their girlfriends (“But what does this mean?”); and 2) Liars.” Today, where everyone is plugged into social media 24/7, lines are blurred and a ton of new confusion exists about whether or not a guy is into you. As any woman who’s recently been on a date knows, no one leaves home without his or her phone, and it is literally on the table or in use at some point on every date. So how can women use social media and texting to their advantage and suss out his true feeling? He Texted is here to clear up any mysteries about texting, friending, following, liking, LOLing, and poking that have become commonplace in the smart phone era.
Founders of HeTexted.com Lisa Winning and Carrie Henderson McDermott and their stable of “Bros” go through the most common and confusing romantic cyber situations using actual text exchanges. Offering concrete advice, they’ll explain what’s really going on in each scenario on a practical and emotional level, lay down a verdict about the guy’s intentions, and establish clear-cut rules for any present and future conduct. Hilarious and helpful in equal measure, this is the book that everyone who texts, Tweets, or uses Facebook should own.
Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Thoughts: Wait a minute… this happens to other people too? I never would have guessed! He Texted was not what I expected it to be going in. I’d never visited the website or even heard of it. At first I thought, “Great, more people trying to make money off of a single person’s cluelessness.” I expected the authors to mention a general digital dating topic and make a statement about it and maybe have a common example (text, facebook message, etc.) with their interpretation of the meaning. Basically women giving their advice on what men were thinking. I could not have been more wrong if I’d tried.
The explanations and anecdotes from the authors made it easy to relate to them and realize you’re not the only one that wishes they could take back a few social media/texting gaffes. Then there are the “Bros.” Why didn’t someone think of this sooner?! In the book there’s advice on each topic from 3 different guys. Their advice is blunt and straightforward…exactly how I wish dating was (I’m what you might call oblivious). There were some situations that I read through thinking, “how did that person not realize they’d pole-vaulted way over the line for crazy?” But as the book points out, when you’re in the moment it’s hard to take a step back and say, “I need to take a chill pill.” He Texted was filled with great stories and good advice within the non-fiction book realm. It doesn’t hurt that it’s funny too. I would recommend He Texted without hesitation, especially if you want a laugh.
4 out of 5 Bookmarks (I’m actually looking forward to reading this again)
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