Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Guys Are Waffles Girls Are Spaghetti

In case you hadn’t noticed, there are a lot of differences between girls and boys. Chad Eastman, author of Guys Are Waffles, Girls Are Spaghetti, attempts to explain the differences in a way that is both simple to understand and often amusing. This book is a young adult version of the book Men Are like Waffles, Women Are like Spaghetti, written by Bill and Pam Farrel. Believing that young adults need to understand the fundamental differences between the two sexes, the authors collaborated on the text for this book, with Chad Eastman doing the bulk of the writing. He takes the technical info and makes it understandable for teenagers. Bill and Pam Farrel add side comments here and there to clarify or explain things.

The food analogy is useful for understanding the differences between a male and a female brain - - and, yes, there really IS a difference! Guys are described as waffles because they compartmentalize things – put things in “boxes” much like depressions in waffles – and focus on one idea at a time. Girls’ brains are more like spaghetti, not because they’re all tangled up in a bad way, but because all their thoughts, ideas, and emotions tend to be interconnected, like the strands of spaghetti on a plate. Chad Eastham uses this analogy very effectively in his explanation of why guys and girls do things they way they do.

Bible verses are given at various points throughout the text to emphasize or illustrate a point. The author also includes letters from readers, short stories and a few jokes to liven up the text. Although this is a chapter book, there are some pencil sketches and cartoon-like illustrations. There is a study guide at the end of the book that relates to each separate chapter. Questions are asked that pertain to the text and blank lines are given for answers.

What I Like: Everything. This is a book that every young person should read. It’s written from a Christian perspective, but it has a lot of biological background that explains fundamental differences between boys and girls.

What I Dislike: The only thing I don’t like about the book are the handful of typos I found in the text. They are minor ones, but they are there.

Overall Rating:

Age Appeal: Young adult.

Publisher Info: Thomas Nelson, 2009 ; ISBN: 9781400315161; Paperback, $12.99.

Buy now at ChristianBook $9.99!

Or buy at Amazon.com $9.35.

Special Info: Visit Chad Eastham’s website. Visit Bill and Pam Farrel’s website.

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