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Long-distance Relationship Guide [Paperback]

Caroline Tiger
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26 Oct 2007
It's astonishing but true: About 2.4 million Americans are involved in "commuter marriages" where spouses live in different locations because they need to follow job opportunities. Expand that number to include all couples where one partner has moved away to start a new job, join the military, or continue his/her education - then add in the vast number of people who travel regularly for their jobs-and you're looking at a truly pervasive phenomenon: Long-distance relationship (LDR) couples are everywhere. The other astonishing fact is that most books dealing with LDRs have been so enormously lame, focusing on the emotional consequences of LDRs instead of the steps couples can take to make the most of and even enjoy their long-distance relationships. The "Long-Distance Relationship Guide" remedies that situation. With fun yet informative chapters on starting, maintaining, and surviving the LDR, this book is chockfull of helpful quizzes, entertaining sidebars, tips from truckers' spouses and military wives, couple case studies, and lists, lists, lists (the top ten LDR songs, the best LDR movies, and more). Anecdotes from couples who successfully (or unsuccessfully) navigated the world of LDPs (long distance partners) are liberally sprinkled throughout each chapter. Dozens of tips for devising creative care packages, using technology to bridge distances, dealing with the "stand-in" boyfriend/girlfriend, and spotting the serial long-distance dater focus on the realities of being in an LDR.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books,US; Rev Ed edition (26 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594742065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594742064
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 1.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Based on scientific studies as well as firsthand stories, this little guide is what you need to help master the challenges of long-distance relationships."--"McClatchy-Tribune News Service"
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"It doesn't mean your relationship can't last just because you and your sweetie are going to different schools this year. Author Tiger uses quizzes, checklists and her own first-hand knowledge of the situation to teach how to endure the separation and make it work." --"Metro "

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fair-weather friend 24 April 2006
By J
Format:Paperback
A mixed blessing, this book. Full of good ideas and tips from people who've 'been there', it's helpful and practical, balancing its positive advice with a realistic appreciation of the hazards of a Long Distance Relationship (after you've finished reading it, you can't write those words Without Capital Letters Any More). It's also helpfully arranged, friendly in appearance and easy to dip into. This is a handy book for a positive-minded reader thinking ahead to an approaching LDR situation or looking for ways to spice up an existing one.

However, I'd warn against turning to this when things get tough. This is the sort of book that is bound to be pored over by emotionally fragile readers in upsetting situations, and it's just not up to the job. At times like these, this book can justify or contradict any feeling, idea or fear the reader might be clinging to. Worse, its often-flippant, occasionally opinionated tone does little to comfort anyone suffering a difficult relationship break-up. It can give the impression that a happy romance is something to be pursued or abandoned without any real depth of feeling whatsoever.

To give my own experience of using the book: I first read it just after Christmas, a month before an LDR, and found it generally useful, if occasionally annoying. Later, when my LDR fell to bits, I turned to this for help and it swiftly became the first book that I have physically torn apart.

So, if you're looking for some bright ideas and level thinking at the start of a Long Distance Relationship, this is a good buy. But if you're feeling the pain and looking for something to help you out, throw this on the fire and turn to a good friend instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars responding to J 30 Jan 2007
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Hi there, I'm the author of this book, and I just wanted to offer J condolences on the demise of his (or her?) LDR. Breaking up is probably the worst feeling in the world, so, uh, I forgive you for ripping up my book ;). It's true that the LDR Guide isn't meant as a break-up salve, it's more for people who are considering getting into a long-distance relationship or who are currently trying to navigate the challenges of being in one.

Cheers,
Caroline
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really helpful book. 5 Jun 2012
By Hev
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I have recently found myself in a long distance relationship (LDR). This book does not take itself too seriously but does offer some really helpful advice on how to cope with a LDR. It takes you through the highs and lows of a LDR and also helps you understand what to expect if you decide to relocate to be with your long distance partner. The type of book that you can dip in and out of when you need a bit of helpful advice. Excellent little book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes things easier. I have been in a LDR ... 11 Aug 2014
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Makes things easier. I have been in a LDR for nearly 4years now - this books inspired me to go on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 9 Jun 2009
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I really enjoyed reading this book and found it useful. My boyfriend also enjoyed reading it as well.
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