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Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels
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Take a dashing hero with a heart of gold and a mullet of awesome. Add a heroine with a bustle and the will to kick major butt. Then include enough contrivances to keep them fighting while getting them alone and possibly without key pieces of clothing, and what do you have? A romance novel. What else? Enough lessons about life, love, and everything in between to help you with your own happily-ever-after. Lessons like... •Romance means believing you are worthy of a happy ending •Learning to tell the prince from the frog •Real-life romance is still alive and kicking •No matter how bad it is, at least you haven't been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably) Sarah Wendell is cofounder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
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Lessons like...

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•Learning to tell the prince from the frog
•Real-life romance is still alive and kicking
•No matter how bad it is, at least you haven't been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably)
Sarah Wendell is cofounder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
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•Learning to tell the prince from the frog
•Real-life romance is still alive and kicking
•No matter how bad it is, at least you haven't been kidnapped by a Scottish duke (probably)
Sarah Wendell is cofounder of one of the top romance blogs, SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
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      • source: The Book Goat
      • content: "If you read it through and still come away in any doubt as to how amazing both Romance Novels and the people of the Romance Community truly are, then I do believe your heart and soul and possibly brain may be made of stone. And, if that is the case, then you are in most desperate need of reading one of the books Sarah uses as examples throughout the book. "
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "Winning, entertaining and highly persuasive... Fans of the romance genre are likely to come away feeling vindicated; newcomers may be inspired to pick up a few new paperbacks with racy covers"
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      • source: Historical Hilarity
      • content: "A joyous celebration of those novels we all love to read, romances."
      • premium: False
      • source: Night Owl Reviews
      • content: "If you ever had anyone sneer at you when you say you read romance novels, this is a book you should whip out and start quoting from."
      • premium: False
      • source: Beck's Book Picks
      • content: "As a reader and a writer, I think this is a must read... "
      • premium: False
      • source: Chrisbookarama
      • content: "Ra-ra-romance!"
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      • source: Monkey See, NPR's Pop Culture Blog
      • content: "There's a strong argument here that the genre helps readers identify and articulate needs and feelings they already have, as they notice what kinds of books and heroes they gravitate toward."
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      • source: My House of Books
      • content: "A humorous yet poignant guide to romance, both the highs and lows... a whole lot of fun that ended way too quickly. "
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      • source: Shelf Awareness
      • content: "Wendell's book is an irreverent celebration of the romance genre and the women who write it and read it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Just Romance Reviews
      • content: "A smart, fun exploration of romance novels ... if you know anyone who is dismissive of romance and needs to be convinced of its awesomeness, give him or her this book. I think it could change some minds."
      • premium: False
      • source: Laugh Love Write
      • content: "Wendell will make you laugh while reprimanding you and shock the socks right off your feet, all with a smile and a no-nonsense manner."
      • premium: False
      • source: BookLoons.com
      • content: "[Wendell] opens your eyes by connecting romance with everyday life. "
      • premium: False
      • source: In the Hammock
      • content: "Don't you love it when a book reinforces what you already believe? "
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      • source: The Book Girl
      • content: "A delightful read... humorous and entertaining."
      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
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        September 15, 2011

        Think romances are about cruel yet dashing men forcing themselves on simpering, virginal women? Or that romance readers are desperate ladies whose most significant relationships are with their cats? Think again.

        Wendell's debut, a brief apologia for the romance genre, is winning, entertaining and highly persuasive despite occasional lapses into silliness. The author, co-founder of the popular romance-novel review website "Smart Bitches, Trashy Books," quashes several stereotypes of romance novels and their devoted fans. She argues that the modern romance novel has, for the most part, done away with what she calls "rapetastic assclowns," instead providing women with a model of how to negotiate healthy relationships. Drawing on comments from readers of her website, Wendell makes the case that women learn from romance novels to be assertive and confident, and that more equitable and passionate relationships are the result. Sometimes, these reader comments make up the bulk of the text, giving the book the feel of an extended blog; the author's persistently jokey tone contributes to this as well. However, the snark often works well, like in the sidebar "Six Simple Steps to Looking Like the Quintessential Romance Hero," or in her description of a certain kind of romance hero: "I don't like you, you drive me nuts, I can't stop thinking about your hair, DAMMIT!"

        Fans of the romance genre are likely to come away feeling vindicated; newcomers may be inspired to pick up a few new paperbacks with racy covers.


        (COPYRIGHT (2011) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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        August 1, 2011

        Wendell (coauthor, Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels), cofounder of the romance blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, has convinced this reviewer: romance novels are not mere frivolities designed to convey guilty pleasure to their devoted readers. Rather, they serve an important educational function, i.e., to teach readers about the vagaries and realities of love and romance. According to Wendell, "Romance novels are both the story of the characters finding each other, and the story of finding themselves deserving of the effort that creating a happy ever after requires." She solicits the opinions of romance aficionados regarding the various lessons they have drawn from their favorite romance novels and argues that, among other uses, romance novels can be effective in teaching adolescents about the nature of love and relationships, enabling such readers to fend off disastrous expectations in their inexperience with romantic partners. VERDICT Readers of romance novels will especially enjoy this engaging book; general readers will appreciate its reflective nature; and it may even cause those who have dismissed romance novels as worthless pabulum to think again.--Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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