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Bernie N. (Bernie) reviewed Girlfriends Talk About Men: Sharing Secrets for a Great Relationship on
Does your best friend have a loser boyfriend she just can't seem to shake? Are you ready for Mr. Right, but don't know where to find him? Are you tired of preaching and sick of searching? Let bestselling authors Carmen Renee Berry and Tamara Traeder (Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties and The Girlfriends Keepsake Book) lend a helping hand in Girlfriends Talk About Men, the definitive "do tell," on how to have a great relationship. Taken from interviews with women of various backgrounds, this collage of quotes and anecdotes covers everything from how to meet the right guy and what makes a good lover to what to do when the kids come and how to get through a divorce. Although it lacks any empirical research to substantiate its claims, Girlfirends may be encouraging to those looking for support, confirmation, or a different perspective on the perils and pitfalls of partnership. However, serious-minded readers looking for well-detailed analyses or meaty, thoughtful conclusions be warned: The chatty, nonlinear nature of the book, coupled with the sheer volume of issues, makes for a mere surface scratching of complex subjects. For example, the sections entitled "Could He Be Gay?," "Should I Trust Him?," and "Outliving Our Partner" are covered in under five pages, have a lot of quotations, and are mixed in with messages such as, "We all need to ask how we can have more fun."