Clarissa Cruz
June 11, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cassandra French's Finishing School For Boys

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Eric Garcia
publisher
Regan Books
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

It’s the fed-up single woman’s ultimate fantasy: Take the misbehaving men you encounter in the dating world and submit them to training sessions till they can pick up the check, listen raptly while you talk about your day, and quote Pretty Woman as easily as The Godfather. Only Cassandra — a 29-year-old Hollywood lawyer — takes it a step further, chaining her ”students” in her basement (subdued by morphine and strategically placed electronic devices). Garcia (Matchstick Men) has a knack for pointing out the absurdities of both the female mind and Tinseltown. And though the situation soon turns hilariously outrageous, anyone who’s been on a really bad date can relate.

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