Every Rose Has Its Thorn: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Field Guide to Guys by Erin Bradley and Illustrations by Heather Bradley in a word, rocked.
I laughed my a** off at the numerous (and eerily accurate) types of guys in this girls-guide-to-dating with a clever rock-n-roll angle. Not only does this book have a lot of hilarious illustrations (Picture Batman’s spotlight as genitalia and you have Sexy Motherfu**ers spotlight forever burned in your mind), but every page made me giggle or at least nod my head and mutter “mmm hmmm.” I may be an old married woman, but darn it, I can appreciate great humor when I see it and read it.
Erin outlines ten types of rock-n-roll guys with a head to toe graphic that is spot-on. She’s got every guy you’ve ever met down, from Part-Time Lover to Sexy Motherfu**er to The Boy With The Thorn In his Side to Mannish Boy. She works in memes, quizes, playlists, and does an awesome press kit during each section to keep it fresh and fun. For instance, in Erin’s press kit of Father Figure, she writes “Father Figure is the guy who … Is a bit like a Gremlin in that he gets really cranky if you keep him up past midnight.” Being married to a Father Figure myself, this made me laugh extra hard, because it’s so darn true.
In Every Rose Has Its Thorn, you’ll be advised and guided on how to handle any situation, such as:
- Break-ups: In How To End It Harmoniously with Bad Company, it’s best done with a sponsor. “A best friend. A family member. A cat whose glare is particularly scornful.”
- Meeting the family: In The Meet & Greet, Johnny B. Goode “He’s the guy who will spend the afternoon working with injured birds of prey and then proceed to get in a vicious fight with your grandpa about politics, despite your prepping him the whole week before not to bring up bisexuality, France, or Barack Obama.”
- How to handle finding the lover of all lovers: In The Meet & Greet, Sexy Motherf**ker “When he’s not f**king your brains out, Sexy Motherf**ker is one of the most enlightened, self-confident-without-being-a-douche-about-it guys around. He treats you with a surprising amount of respect for someone who can turn around and slap your ass and instruct you to “gag on it” (which you’re all too willing to do).”
I could go on and on, as I have about 60 pages marked, but who has the time for all that? (I don’t, as I have an evil headache that is stealing my soul right now.) Just trust me when I say this book was hilarious and it’s a must-read of the summer. Any fan of rock music will love it, and I suspect, any girl whose been unlucky (hell, even lucky) in love will love it, too. Plus, I just found out the author grew up near my ghetto and went to college with me at Michigan State. I’m a few years older, but I wish we had met, because her wicked humor shines through in this book and can be seen on every page.
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