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The Marriage Test: Our 40 Dates Before "I Do"

by Jill Andres

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Jill and Brook had been together for several years in the most serious relationship either of them had ever had. But still they were left with the question of whether they could actually handle being married to each other for the rest of their lives. In order to try and simulate some of the challenges of marriage they came up with a list of 40 "dates" that would hopefully help them figure out whether or not marriage was really for them. Whether it was borrowing a baby for 24 hours, swapping credit cards for a month, going on dates with their exes, or giving each other notes on performance in the bedroom, each "date" gave them new insights into their relationship and gave them a better idea of whether the rest of their lives would be spent together or apart.

I quite enjoyed this memoir. Written with alternating comments from both Jill and Brook on each of the dates it was interesting to see which dates challenged their relationship the most. The book does include a full list of each of the dates, describing what they entail to make replicating some (or all) of them an option for any dating or even engaged couple. A fun read and possibly an educational one if you're in a relationship but hesitant to make that final commitment step. ( )
  MickyFine | Sep 6, 2017 |
Two people put their live in, long-term relationship under a microscope looking for signs that their love is doomed. To test the strength of their commitment they devise 40 dates or tests to see if they can handle what marriage will require of them. They seemed to learn what they needed to know about themselves and each other because they got married. The hilarious thing is that they can never know what it's like to be married until you are. Life will throw more curve balls than there are possible tests upon which to submit yourself. Some of the book was entertaining but after a while they started to seem a little too indulgent, how their friends and family put up with it is a mystery. ( )
  knitwit2 | Apr 23, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425282759, Paperback)

A crash course in commitment: one couple and forty dates that could make or break their marriage before the wedding. 
 
Picking a partner is life’s most important decision, but how are we supposed to make it? Being in love is a good start, but the issues that ultimately wreck marriages—money and monogamy, career and kids—are hard to gauge until you’re actually hitched. So after a few years of dating, Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga built The Marriage Test to confirm their compatibility before saying “I do.”
 
Forty revealing challenges simulate the issues that could tank or strengthen their union. For a month, they swap credit cards, for a weekend they borrow a baby. An embarrassing lunch with their exes tests their trust issues. Sexual gymnastics are required to recreate TV love scenes. From a night of speed dating to 24 hours handcuffed together, the crazy, awkward, emotional trials fling them headfirst into assorted marital minefields.
 
Is their love strong enough to weather real life? Only forty dates will tell...

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"The ultimate dating obstacle course. A test drive for marriage. Picking a partner is life's most important decision, but how are we supposed to make it? Being in love is a good start, but the issues that ultimately wreck marriages--money and monogamy, career and kids--are hard to gauge until you're actually hitched. So after a few years of dating, Jill Andres and Brook Silva-Braga built the Marriage Test to confirm their compatibility before saying "I do." Forty revealing challenges simulate the issues that could tank or strengthen their union. For a month, they swap credit cards, for a weekend they borrow a baby. An embarrassing lunch with their exes tests their trust issues. Sexual gymnastics are required to re-create TV love scenes. From a night of speed dating to twenty-four hours handcuffed together, the crazy, awkward, emotional trials fling them headfirst into assorted marital minefields. Is their love strong enough to weather real life? Only forty dates will tell."--… (more)

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