Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Release Spotlight: Don't Use My Sweater like a Towel

Don't Use My Sweater like a Towel by Jennifer Kelton

Jennifer Kelton dives right into the premise of her self-help book, revealing to readers that this book is an “in-depth look at dating, relationships, love, and human nature in the 21st century.” The book begins with Kelton’s decision to end a long-term relationship that she no longer feels happy in. By chapter three, Kelton turns into a social scientist, focusing her research on dating. After reading many books and articles on the subject of dating, she compiles rules into a survey for her sample: 16 men of various ages, races, and religions, as well as economic and relationship statuses. According to Kelton, there is one major flaw with other dating books: their rigid rules on how to attract and retain love do not allow you to be who you truly are. Does an exact, foolproof method for love exist? Kelton sets out to expose these dating rules and so-called truths in Don’t Use My Sweater like a Towel.

Kelton takes her social research a step further by transforming her own love life into an experiment. She openly discusses her experiences and observations, immediately engaging your attention and gaining her trust. With short chapters, hilarious anecdotes, and inspiring insights, Kelton’s book is a fast read and leaves you wanting to hear more with each page you turn. Unlike other dating books that encourage you to follow a set of rules, Kelton bravely tells it like it is: abiding by rigid rules might make you miss out on a great friendship or connection with someone.

Don’t Use My Sweater like a Towel is a highly entertaining read; however, it is also thoughtful and poses significant questions relating to the complexities of life and our relationships with others. Kelton stresses the importance of looking inward before we can look outward, explaining that a better understanding of our sense of self is vital in creating healthy relationships. The stories Kelton shares are completely relatable. Even if you have not encountered a persistent man whose e-mails you hardly respond to, an awkward first date, or a guy who’s totally wrong for you on all levels, you will be able to identify with what Kelton’s book is ultimately about: basic human connection.

Review by Valerie Zogas, Indigo Editing, LLC

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