What Were You Thinking??
Mark A. Barondess
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What Were You Thinking??: $600-Per Hour Legal Advice on Relationships, Marriage & Divorce
Mark A. Barondess
Phoenix Books
291 pages
October 2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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I don’t know what I was thinking. But I took the plunge. And then became a statistic; joining the rest of the formerly married people of the world. Would this book have saved me? No, probably not. Love is blind… remember? But What Were You Thinking?? is one funny read if you’ve been married to a curmudgeon for twenty years, or have recently gotten married and want to get a peek at what could be in your future. The book is filled with cartoons, anecdotes, and interviews from people like Gene Simmons, Donald Trump, Larry King, and even Dr. Phil. And these people, of course, are all experts on marriage, by firsthand experience or by dealing with the mess afterwards. But author Mark A. Barondess warns those who want to avoid divorce and dream of long-term wedded bliss.

“All right, despite my most valiant efforts, my powers of persuasion have failed and you still want to go ahead with it. The first chapter of this book apparently did not deter you from the temptation of seeking wedded bliss. You have no doubt concluded that the fifty percent divorce rate applies to other people, not you. You have obviously surmised that you have found your soul mate and that you will love each other and live together for all your lives. You will grow old together and spend your days in side-by-side rocking chairs surrounded by your grandchildren. Divorce will never touch you and your beloved. Please – do me a favor. Finish this paragraph and then put the book down. Go directly to your bathroom, take off your clothes and take a nice cold shower, for about fifteen minutes. Maybe that will shock you back into the real world.”
So the question is, how many of you need the cold shower? Or even want the cold shower? Either way this should be a fun read taken with a grain of salt. If you’re in love, and want to get married, I wouldn’t advise throwing away a perfectly fine relationship because a book said so. But What Were You Thinking?? can be used as a guide on how to spot those pitfalls. A light fun read with conversational prose that will keep the pages turning and a smile on your face.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Bobby Blades, 2005

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