Boyfriend 101: A Gay Guy’s Guide to Dating, Romance, and Finding True Love

Sullivan, Jim. Boyfriend 101: A Gay Guy’s Guide to Dating, Romance, and Finding True Love. Villard. May 2003. c.224p. ISBN 0-8129-9219-9. pap. $12.95. SELF-HELP

“Dating is not rocket science,” writes first-time author Sullivan, a serf-described dating and relationship coach, “[but] a skill that cab be taught.” This encouraging, goal-oriented guidebook to interpersonal interactions will help men take advantage of their strengths, find suitable (and cute) mates, have safer sex, and achieve diversity. Sullivan combines practical advice–“Be conscious and careful of whom you have sex with, and of the emotional consequences”–with upbeat encouragement–“God gave you a brain: use it!” Readers will appreciate straightforward, by-the-numbers material (e.g., sample personal ads) that leaves room for creativity and personal flair. Much like Neil Kaminsky’s Affirmative Gay Relationships, this is solid, instructive, and reasonably priced, though at times overly dependent on anecdotes to demonstrate points and provide advice. Either book is fine for most libraries.

This review appeared in Library Journal on May 15th of 2003 on page 110; the galley was shredded on August 27, 2012.

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