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How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide [Paperback]

Aaron Goldfarb

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Chateu Pub House (Nov. 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982941102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982941102
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,800,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy comedy! Jan. 8 2011
By annie hallway - Published on
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I got this book for Christmas and I was like, "WTF?" It looked kind of stupid and childish, and, you know what? It was. But it was also hilarious. One of the funniest books I've ever read. I'd finished it before my vacation weekend was over. I've read and enjoyed other "fratire" books by Tucker Max, Aaron Karo, and Maddox, but "How to Fail" is my favorite so far. It had a sweet core that the other lacked. And it's smart too. So I'd recommend it to any one looking for a good, smart laugh that's a quick read too.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised How Much I Enjoyed This! Dec 2 2010
By Libby Cobert - Published on
Goldfarb's book is one of the most pleasant surprises I've read in a while - I'm so glad a friend put it in my hands. I couldn't put it down! I read it in two days and then a week later decided to read it again.

The last "dude" book I was convinced to read was Tucker Max's "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," which I admittedly enjoyed (though I might deny that in person). While this book does fall into the same category based on the narrator's playboy attitude and acerbic tone, "How To Fail" is funnier, sweeter and actually a bit insightful. Also, I loved that it was one narrative as opposed to a compilation of vignettes. The protaganist in "How to Fail" is a somewhat lovable/somewhat hatable character, but his story and experiences are relatable and shockingly honest.

For girls, if you like Chelsea Handler's kind of humor, you'll really dig this too. Guys, you either know this guy or you are this guy, and either way will find the story hilarious to read. Highly recommended. (That is, recommended for those who are comfortable with swearing and explicitly detailed romantic encounters - don't give it to your grandma.)
32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Are No Vampires in This Book Dec 16 2010
By M. Zambotti - Published on
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My wife reads about a hundred books a year. They're all basically the same book- vampires eating warewolves or witches
trying to find love or something like that. Even the covers look the same. Sometimes she even reads a book she's already read by accident. Maybe she's crazy. Or maybe the bulk of books out there are bland, unmemorable bowls of oatmeal. How to Fail is NOT a book you'll forget you read.

I was first introduced to the author through his blog ( as I was searching for beer reviews. Most beer review sites consisted of a pretentious dude who tasted 20-30 different things in every beer. They were all the same- 'cept for The Vice Blog- it had a crazy way of mixing a beer review with some real life anecdote. It was original and I spent about three hours one night (after a few fine ales, natch) browsing the "Best Of" page. How to Fail is the same thing- Original. It has a feel to it like your buddy is telling you hilarious stories over beers at the local watering hole. But beyond the humor and cynicism is some really good observations about life and human nature. It actually gives you some things to think about.

If you want to read a book that's exactly like the last one you read maybe How to Fail isn't for you. But if you want something that's memorable and different, pick up a copy.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still not sure.... Oct. 10 2012
By gmt - Published on
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wavered between two and three stars for this book. I finished it, but was not sure after reading the ending, if I should have. Another book that I am very glad was a free download. Don't know if I would have wanted to pay for it. It had some very funny parts, but most of it jumped around too much. The sexual descriptions and language were quite vulgar. If you don't like crudeness, don't ready this book!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny Jan. 10 2011
By Brian Batchelder - Published on
I'll admit that I rarely read fiction. So I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up this book. We live in a world inundated by "self help" books trying to sell you shortcuts to lose weight, make more money, meet new friends, etc. As if the "magic pill" exists among these pages for only $19.95!

What's great about HTF is its counter-intuitive commentary on the social issues and status quos many of us hold so sacred. HTF pokes fun at them and examines them in a completely new way. Goldfarb is an excellent writer and extremely funny.

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