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You Wish by Amanda Hubbard

You Wish by Amanda Hubbard

Kayla McHenry turned sixteen, and her Mom threw her a huge birthday party. That is what Kayla's mom does for a living --she puts together parties for people.  The only problem is that Kayla's mom never asked her what kind of party she wanted or if she even wanted one at all.  She didn't.  Besides all that, her best friend Nicole has become cute and popular and she is dating the guy Kayla is madly in love with ...Ben McKenzie.  In the book You Wish, by Amanda Hubbard, Kayla McHenry is 16 and miserable.  After the disappointing birthday party (the one that her best friend completely missed because she was on a date with her boyfriend), Kayla reminisces on the day and cavalierly wishes that all of her birthday wishes that she has ever made would come true. The next morning there is a bright pink pony in her yard. The next day her bedroom is full of gumballs.  After that her Raggedy Ann doll comes to life and wants to go everywhere with her, even to school. But wait there is more.  Did I mention that Ken shows up to take her out on a date? This brings to mind the phrase "be careful what you wish for."

He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys

By Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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He's Just Not That Into You * * the six little words that changed dating forever. For ages women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that -- despite good intentions -- you're wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they'd like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages. The truth may be he's just not that into you. Based on a popular episode of Sex and the City, He's Just Not That Into You educates otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn't like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship.

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The Love-Shy Survival Guide

By Talmer Shockley

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"Shockley, a high-tech research technician diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, presents an intriguing work designed to help readers with great anxiety in starting a romantic relationship (what he calls 'love-shyness'). First defined in Brian G. Gilmartin's Shyness and Love: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment (1987), the label (not yet an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV) describes people who, because of psychological problems, cannot have romantic relationships.

"For these individuals, any romantic or prospective romantic situation induces such a high level of anxiety that almost any dating and sexual relationship proves impossible. Shockley summarizes relatively recent research on love-shyness, explains its link with Asperger's, and discusses how love-shyness differs from normal shyness. In addition, for both male and female sufferers of the syndrome, he provides candid advice on how to survive the jungle of relationships and make dating an enjoyable experience.... ."
--Dale Farris, Groves, TX (Library Journal)

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Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough

By Lori Gottlieb

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By looking at everything from culture to biology, in "Marry Him" Gottlieb frankly explores the dilemma that so many women today seem to face--how to reconcile the strong desire for a husband and family with a list of must-haves so long and complicated that many great guys get rejected out of the gate.

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When Opposites Attract: Right Brain/ Left Brain Relationships and How to Make Them Work

By Rebecca Cutter

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"In this sensitive guide to relationship problems, Cutter, a Southern California marriage and family therapist, invites couples to consider a non-gender-bound perspective based on brain research... 'Left-brain dominant' mates, we are told, focus on one thing at a time, are blunt, straightforward, tenacious and prefer not to take risks, while 'right-brain dominant' types are intuitive and spontaneous, avoid routine and have trouble separating emotion from fact. When an LB person hooks up with an RB, he or she must learn specific skills to coordinate their polarized ways of being... Includes dialogues from couples therapy sessions plus self-help exercises... This eye-opening manual has much to say about commitment, respect, earning trust and accepting imperfections, and should help many couples confront unmet needs."
(Publishers Weekly)

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Mars and Venus Starting Over: A Practical Guide to Finding Love Again After a Painful Breakup, Divorce, or the Loss of a Loved One

By John Gray

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"Mars & Venus Starting Over opens the door to finding a rich and fulfilling lifetime of love once again. The first section of the book addresses the part of the healing process that is basically the same for men and women. Dealing with the pain of a breakup or loss is not easy, and John Gray makes it clear that although the pain of loss is an inevitable part of life, suffering is not. He explains that the heart often lags behind the mind, that we must experience our grief in order tobecome whole again. He compassionately shows us how to find forgiveness and explains how good endings make good beginnings. Although the healing process is fundamentally the same, starting over on Venus is often different from starting over on Mars. Women tend to push love away to avoid getting hurt again. On the other hand, men often get involved right away, but have trouble committing. Part two, 'Starting Over on Venus,' explores the twenty-three common challenges..." faced by women. Part three, 'Starting Over on Mars,' address the men's issues.

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Dating, Mating, and Relating: How to Build a Healthy Relationship

By Albert Ellis

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"Trying to find the right mate? Want to recapture lost romance and passion with an existing partner? Look no further than this innovative guide. Use it to identify your temperament and type. See which types you attract, and which types you don't. Use the proven tools and techniques to move you from that initial attraction to being partners, and discover how to keep that all-important relationship energized." (Amazon)

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Saving Beauty From the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter from an Unhealthy Relationship

By Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner

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"For parents who are concerned that their daughter is in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, here at last is a book based on personal experience and authoritative research that provides answers. Dating violence affects a huge number of teenage girls -- one in three girls between the ages of ten and eighteen reports having been assaulted by a boyfriend -- and can run the gamut from possessiveness to stalking to outright physical abuse. Often it is the girls with the highest self-esteem, those who believe they are in control of their lives and can bring out the best in their boyfriends, who find themselves in the grip of a relationship in which the tables have been turned."
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Scott Pilgrim (vol. 2) v. the World

By Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Scott Pilgrim has two girls on the go. When he is with Knives Chau, he feels like he can erase the past and start over. When he is with Ramona Flowers he is ready to accept the past, grow up and move on. What happens when Knives and Ramona meet each other or Scott's ex-flames? How will Scott deal? Who will he choose?
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Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath

By Steven Goldman

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His best friend reveals that he is gay and his wildly inappropriate English project causes controversy. But, like lots of 17-year old boys, Mitch mostly has sex on his mind in this hilarious and touching “guy book.” 

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