By Dennie Hughes
(Rodale Books, Paperback, 9781594860751, 256pp.)

Publication Date: October 21, 2004

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Smart, hip, funny, and frank dating advice-from the woman whose USA Weekend RelationTips column is devoured by 49 million readers every week.

Just about everyone wants to be part of a couple-to be loved and be in love. Dating, a process that can be fraught with disaster, may be a necessary evil on the road to achieving a happy, fulfilling intimate relationship. But how do you eliminate the losers and find people to go out with who are dateworthy? Perhaps even more important-how do you make sure that you are dateworthy?

Drawing on thousands of letters she receives through USA Weekend and the questions she fields during her live chats on, Dennie Hughes shows you how to:
- Figure out what your personal dating style is

- Stop acting in a way that will mark you as one of the Top Ten most-bound-to-be-broken-up-with dating types

- Rethink unhealthy mindsets about dating like "love at first sight" or "being with a jerk is better than being alone"

- Master the 10 First-Date Commandments

·- End a bad date gracefully

- Navigate your way through the intricacies of online dating

- Determine whether a great date equals a possible mate (aka "keep vs. creep potential")

Featuring a Q&A section with actual RelationTips reader problems as well as the author's sometimes sad, sometimes scary, mostly humorous anecdotes from her own plentiful dating fiasco stories, Dateworthy will help you hone your relationship skills so that you can find the right significant other for you.

About the Author

Dennie Hughes is the RelationTips columnist for USA Weekend, where she is read by 49 million people each week. She also hosts a weekly relationship chat on and is the resident dating expert for the popular online dating site

Praise For Dateworthy

From Library Journal:
Hughes, "RelationTips" columnist for USA Weekend, has written a comprehensive dating advice book appropriate for young women. It is the antithesis of Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider's The Rules, offering straightforward advice for creating an honest and healthy relationship. Using a hip and humorous approach, Hughes includes suggestions for rethinking unhealthy mindsets, improving one's dateworthiness, and evaluating potential partners' dateworthiness; she also cautions women about sex on the first date and putting friendship second. She features a wide variety of her personal dating stories and concludes with a Q&A section of actual "RelationTips" reader problems. Although the use of stereotypes, cliches, and author-coined terminology such as "boy-o-logy" may be off-putting to more worldly readers, the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the upbeat and practical message. An optional purchase for public libraries.-Wendy Lee, Brainerd P.L., MN Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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