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on 4 July 2011
I really thought that this was great. It was honest in a way that doesn't mean that I think it told every possible detail, or that it was particularly graphic (although, in places, I guess it was). But it's very explicit, and it's also very explicit in its discussion of Klausner's feelings about relationships, about the kind of neuroses people tend to build up around them, and about the bad choices that people make. I like that.

It's also wicked funny, smart, and although I don't agree with everything it says about men and women etc., because really, why would I, it's refreshingly feminist and has a surprisingly large scope, ultimately, in what it's trying to say about the ways in which the genders often relate to one another. It's not like, a feminist primer or anything, but it's feminist, certainly. Good. In a way I was kind of sad that this was just the negative experiences - but you get a glimpse of something else at the end, and that something else certainly isn't the point of the book, which is essentially about avoiding men who don't like treating women with respect. Which is cool, especially when it's written as entertainingly as it is.
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on 2 January 2015

I Don’t Care About Your Band (or to give the book its full title – I Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated) is a collection of stories chronicling Julie Klausner’s often tragic yet extremely witty dating history.


I Don’t Care About Your Band was another book I bought based on the cover. I thought it looked quirky. And I will admit – although blaming it on being British – I really had no idea who Julie Klausner was or is. However, I picked up her book in hopes of being entertained for 250+ pages.

And for the most part, I was.

I Don’t Care About Your Band has a very relatable feel to it. Whilst you may not know exactly what Klausner went through it does make you look back at your own dating history and realise that yes, you too had gone out with some dodgy dudes.

Klauser’s delivery of these stories is self-deprecating but not to the point that you feel sorry for her, in fact I don’t think that was Klausner’s intention when she wrote this book. I did worry when I first started reading it that it would be a very self indulgent tale (something I have found with other memoirs that I have read) but Klausner’s book was more like a How to guide…no a Who to guide as in Who to avoid when dating. It was genuinely funny.

The one downside for me – and again, I blame my Britishness – is that some of the references were a little lost on me. The book does heavily feature pop culture references, most of which are American so I fumbled along with the ones that I didn’t quite get. This didn’t detract from the entertaining qualities of I Don’t Care About Your Band.

I Don’t Care About Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated by Julie Klausner is available now.

You can follow Julie Klausner (@JulieKlausner) on Twitter
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on 13 February 2015
I can't believe that so many people have given this book a high score. My book group chose from a list of books that were described as 'will make you roll on the floor with laughter'. I have no idea who created that list, but they were wrong.

I was the only person in my book group who finished this book... and I only finished it because I assumed that it had to get better. Not one of Klausner's anecdotes made me crack a smile. It was merely lengthy descriptions of her desperation to have sex and her realisation that if you throw yourself at men you aren't attracted to, it won't make them want to date you.

I had expected some light-hearted humour that would make me empathise with Klausner, but at no point could I see her point of view. She has a very high opinion of herself as an attractive, flame-haired, larged-breasted goddess and none of the men she sleeps with seem to have any appealing characteristics.

Overall, I will be disposing of this book as quickly as possible (and not passing it on to any of my friends as I can't imagine that they will be interested in reading it).
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on 16 March 2011
I read Julie Klausner's initial essay about dating an indie rock manboy a while back and was massively excited to read this book (and stoked about it's imminent TV transfer)

I'll confess, another reason I bought it is I read the only other review on here from some woman who hated it and talked about how it wasn't light hearted of Sex And The City enough and I was sold.

This book is awesome. Julie Klausner is smart and funny and lyrical and able to find the humour in the aftermath of failed relationships like no-one I've ever known. It would be easy for this book to come off as bitter and man hating, but instead it's warm, funny and sarcastic. Like the big sister you always wanted.

Although, you're probably not going to love this if you tend to buy books with pastel colours and flouncy type. You've been warned.

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on 2 February 2013
Really funny couldn't put it down definitely worth a read. It will make you feel a bit better about your own love life if anything.
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on 13 March 2010
From its excellent title, I was expecting a fluffy light read that made fun of dating in New York. Instead this book is actually a bitter series of forced and unfunny anecdotes that aim to malign any man the author has slept with, who then didn't want to date her. Yes, men will sleep with you if you let them. No, generally that doesn't mean they want to be your boyfriend. Even at the end of book when the author claims to have learnt from her experiences, you get the impression that if she wasn't in a relationship she would be back out there making the same mistakes all over again. Boring and pointless publication.
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