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Library JournalSimilar in theme to Erin Torneo and Valerie Cabrera Krause's The Bridal Wave(see p. 130), these two books affirm a reader's marriage-free status. Patrons may recognize Schefft as star of ABC's The Bachelorette 3and also as the woman who broke off an engagement to one of the country's most desired men on The Bachelor 3. Schefft delivers a pep talk to readers on standing up to pushy friends and relatives who feel that one can't be complete without a relationship. She encourages readers to be picky and offers some useful tactics for attending family gatherings and spending holidays alone.
Talbot covers the same territory but in an in-your-face manner. She humorously debunks the happily-ever-after myth, skewers media fads, and deconstructs online dating. In a particularly helpful chapter, she offers avoidance tactics for an assortment of boundary violations, such as a man revisiting childhood trauma on the first date or needlessly dwelling on his ex. While both books are fairly interesting, they are essentially opinion pieces and offer negligible help. Optional.