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Book Review: 'Manology' by Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run

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Singer/actor Tyrese's views are like watching reality TV. You think you should probably change the channel, but they're just so terrible and entertaining. While it's difficult to comprehend why he's so unapologetically difficult, hypocritical and needy (he admits to this in the book), he doesn't appear to even want to improve on these qualities. Gorgeous as he may be, he describes himself as the absolute worst boyfriend and husband ever! So almost all of his advice was regarded as entertainment purposes only. However, there were two points in this book that were easy to applaud -- his views on health club memberships over expensive wardrobe and accessories, and his warnings about dating thugs.

Hip-hop legend Rev Run's views remind readers of how happily married couples continue to exist. His views versus Tyrese's showed that not all men think alike. There is no one size fits all, and when women say they wouldn't read a book like this because they know what men think, this is a prime example of how two people with the same body parts do not share the same perspectives.

Not only did "Manology" have opposite views on pretty much everything, but the two artists still managed to keep the tone playful and friendly. And neither author was afraid to share his own shortcomings (especially Tyrese). Rev Run brought up how women viewed Justine on their reality show "Run's House." Some readers may wonder why Rev Run chose to humor the "soft" accusations being thrown at her by critics of the reality show, especially after she'd pretty much covered her views in "Take Back Your Family." But he did. And after he explained the dynamics of their relationship, their relationship seemed even more respectable.

The only surprise moment from Rev Run was when he agreed with Tyrese about reality cast member Chrissy Lampkin proposing to rapper Jim Jones. Their co-sign of this was even stranger considering on the spin-off show the two never ended up marrying, Chrissy complained nonstop (again) and then she moved out. Their argument for women proposing would've worked better had they highlighted a couple they personally know who succeeded outside of this norm.

Readers don't have to agree with everything to enjoy the book. I'd recommend it to single people (whether you're looking for a relationship or not), and those who are dating or married to see if there are things they may want to improve on. It's a well-rounded book for all. And finally in one of these reads, there's some advice for men. Bonus!

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