Monday, August 6, 2012

How to Be a Good Bad Boy / Jeff d’Avanzo

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help/Relationships

Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words

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“Jeff d'Avanzo brings insight to relating with women, having developed a 30-city women’s author and musician event with a national bookstore chain, as well as writing and directing the documentary of a group of women and their spiritual expedition among ancient ruins in Mexico.

He resides with his beautiful wife Kris in Santa Monica, California.”


“In the United States, there are over 25 million single adults over the age of 25 in search of their ideal partner. Additionally, a recent Newsweek story estimates that 15 to 20 percent of the 113 million married Americans have sex no more than 10 times a year, which is how experts define a sexless marriage. For men, solving the mystery of what women really desire in their partner has been a complex challenge yielding little success. How To Be A Good Bad Boy will transform you into the man that women really want by revealing when it is time to be a gentleman and when it is time to be anything but.”


My first impression was this was going to be one of those “how to pickup chicks” or “how to seduce any woman” books that purport to teach a guy how to be a player. It almost got tossed into the (virtual) pile of books that I’m not likely to ever read. Then I took a closer look and decided to give it a try.

I guess some readers could still think it is one of those books. There are suggestions as to how you might go about meeting a strange woman and eventually more, but to view the book that way is to force it into a category it doesn’t deserve. The better way would be to view it as help for nice guys who are tired of the bad boys getting the girl, but don’t want to compromise themselves. In theory, you’ll learn how to be the “bad boy” when it is appropriate.

Will it really work? Not always (no book would or should). Maybe not at all. However, the overriding message, that many of those “nice guy” things are correct most of the time, seems right. Where those other books paint women as targets, to be chased and then tossed aside, How to Be a Good Bad Boy preaches communication and mutual respect. Really, what you’re most likely to come away with is as much an adjustment in attitude as technique. That seems like a good outcome, too.

Format/Typo Issues:

Small number of typos and proofing errors.

Rating: **** Four stars


Jeff d'Avanzo said...

Thanks for the kind words, very much appreciated.

Mary Maddox said...

This looks like a worthwhile book. As a grownup woman I've come to think that girls want bad boys but women want good men.