One-Minute Book Reviews

February 28, 2007

Delete Key Awards Finalist #6: ‘Find the One You Want – Fix the One You Got’ by Dr. Phil McGraw

Filed under: Book Awards,Book Reviews,Books,Delete Key Awards,Reading,Writing — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 2:22 pm

“Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?”

Love Smart (Free Press) is one of those relationship guides for women THAT GIVES ADVICE IN LARGE TYPE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT OTHERWISE NOT GET WHAT IT’S SAYING. It also has lots of exclamation points! More than two dozen in the first seven pages alone! But the main problem with this book isn’t punctuation. It’s the patronizing mush dispensed by talk-show host Dr. Phil McGraw, who hands out cliché after cliché, as in: “Now it seems time to step up and close the deal, get ‘the fish in the boat,’ walk down the aisle, tie the knot … you want to get to the next level.”

Writing sample:
McGraw suggests that women hold sex “in reserve” until a man has made “the ultimate commitment,” because many men still think: “Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?” Has it occurred to McGraw that, in the age of a female Speaker of the House, a lot of women might not like being compared to cows?

© 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

[The 10 Delete Key Awards finalists are being announced in random order throughout the day and numbered only for convenience.]


  1. Oh my. Sounds like he writes the same way he talks.


    Comment by Ms Cin — February 28, 2007 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

  2. Exactly. I would have mentioned that similarity but I wanted to keep the Delete Key Awards posts as short (because I’ve give all of the “winners” full reviews in the past few months). So glad you brought it up.

    Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 28, 2007 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

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