Mr. Wrong
Harriet Brown, ed.
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Mr. Wrong: Real-Life Stories About the Men We Used to Love
Harriet Brown, ed.
272 pages
January 2007
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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"If Jim Jones could get 913 followers to commit mass suicide, wasn't it possible for a charismatic Zen master to gaze into my eyes and convince me to leave my boyfriend, no longer fraternize with friends and colleagues, and give up the glamorous life of restaurant-hopping and designer shopping in exchange for twelve hours of meditation, manual labor on the cult's rustic estate, unquestioned obedience, and willingness -- no, *eagerness* -- to hand over several thousand dollars as well as sex on demand?"
Yikes. This is way beyond my expectations. It is the first of two dozen essays that run the gamut from poignant to scary. In so many instances, the women can see where the relationship was going, like a train wreck in slow motion, but they still hang on until the end of the ride.

I think we can all identify with at least one of the writers. There's a girl encountering the fantasy-bashing reality of dating for the first time. There are divorced women expressing their vulnerability, and vibrant, relationship-savvy young women who fall hard for men who are no good for them.

Raphael Kadushin, the only male author writing about Mr. Wrong, sums it up: "People say there is a Mr. Wrong, but there really isn't. There is only someone who teaches you what you need to know, when you need to know it." Hopefully, everyone learns the lessons they need to recognize Mr. Right before getting permanently scarred by the teachers surrendered to along with way.

In general, I found this book disturbing.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Midge Bork, 2007

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