How to Dump a Guy: A Coward's Manual


This is a hilarious book that will teach women how to dump guys like me. -Steve Martin

"Wise and wonderfully funny. In the unlikely event that I ever get another boyfriend-and that I get to dump him before he dumps me-I will certainly make good use of this book."-Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry

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This is a hilarious book that will teach women how to dump guys like me. -Steve Martin

"Wise and wonderfully funny. In the unlikely event that I ever get another boyfriend-and that I get to dump him before he dumps me-I will certainly make good use of this book."-Laura Zigman, author of Animal Husbandry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761112563
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Fillion is the author of Lip Service: The Truth About Women's Darker Side in Love, Sex, and Friendship, a 1996 bestseller in Canada, Holland, and Australia. She lives in Bucks County, PA.

Ellen Ladowsky is the author of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the 1997 Companion volume to the A&E Biography Special. She lives in Washington, D.C. She met fellow author Kate Filion at a party nine years ago, where they became fast friends when they discovered they'd both briefly dated--and dumped--the same guy.

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Quiz One

You've only dated the guy a few times, and you're wondering

Should I Be Getting Serious -or Getting Out?

Do you spend a disproportionate amount of time before every date trying to think up excuses for canceling? Yes___ No___

Have you ever thought that it would be ridiculous to wash your hair for a date, since, after all, you washed it a mere four days ago? Yes___ No___

Has he ever proudly announced, "Mother is my best friend-I tell her everything"? Yes___No___

When you're out with him, do you feel under no obligation to make your usual, halfhearted, "Oh, let me get this one" lunge for the check? Yes___ No___

Do you-the same woman who has spent many pleasant hours poring over bridal magazines and fantasizing about your own nuptial-find yourself thinking, "I can't believe he's getting so serious so quickly"? Yes___ No___

When he asks if he can come in after a date, do you leap out of the car, saying, "That would really be a problem for my cats-they have terrible allergies"? Yes___ No___

If a friend spots the two of you together, do you phone her the instant you get home to let her know you're not really dating, per se? Yes___ No___

Do you make it a regular practice to bring others-relatives, friends, passing vagrants-along to your romantic rendezvous, declaring, "The more the merrier"? Yes___ No___

Do you urge him not to call, saying, "I'm really not a phone person"? Yes___ No___

Have you, after fooling around with him, announced, "I'm a very private person, and I would feel violated if you told anyone you'd touched me-or even spoken to me"? Yes___ No___

If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, a ditch is in your immediate future.

Excerpted from How To Dump A Guy. Copyright (c) 1998. Reprinted with permission by Wokrman Publishing.

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Table of Contents


How to Know When to Go

Getting in Touch with Your Inner Coward

Cling-ons and Difficult-to-Dump Men: A Typology

The Kinder, Gentler Ditch

The Ditching Hour

Countdown to D-Day

Mail-Order Ditching and Other Processes of Elimination

Expiration Dates: Ideal Locations for Your Last Rendezvous

What Should I Wear?: Dressing for Ditching

We Have to Talk: Exits Lines

OK, OK, I Slept With Your Brother...But Can't We Still Be Friends?

Encore! Encore! Or, Sex With the Ex?

Spin Control: How to Position Yourself as the Bigger Person

The Aftershocks

How to Get Him Back When You Realize You've Made a Horrible Mistake

In Parting

Appendix: For Men Only


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008


    Ok, I personally am currently with a rubbish boyfriend that i need to get rid of. The book has helped me identify the type of boyfriend he is, whether he's worth staying with, and the best method of break up. There are no books like it, and it gives advice for all types of relationships - from long-term to met-five-minutes-ago. I really recommend this for any girl out there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2002

    Too funny!

    This book is absolutely hilarious! Even if you don't have anyone to dump, this book is a great read. If you have ever been in the position where you needed to dump your man, you will most likely relate to this book, and laugh your pants off.

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