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The Art of Cheating: A Nasty Little Book for Tricky Little Schemers and…

by Jessica Dorfman Jones

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This was a quirky, tongue-in-cheek "guidebook" on how to get away with a series of different cheats (and how to catch others who are trying to do the same), but it's a one trick pony which gets tiring. Each chapter is structured exactly the same way which should give a nice consistency, but it just accelerated the monotony.

In fairness, I did find the book funny, and in an odd way, I found some interesting factoids contained within it. My biggest problem with the book is that it doesn't know it's audience. This book contains chapters on "how to stay home from school" and "how to cheat on a test" interspersed with chapters on how to conduct a marital affair and how to cheat on your taxes. I was actually listening to this book on audio with my 12 year old daughter (she completely gets this kind of humor), and I had to fast forward through some of the racier chapters, and that simply doesn't make sense. 80% of the book is perfect for a teen market because there is some great humor in it, and it's all satire, so no harm/no foul. But when you include a chapter on how to fake an orgasm (yes, that is a chapter), you've lost all mareketability to the younger reader.

If you come across a copy, it may give you a chuckle if you give it a quick skim, but not worthy of a dedicated read ( )
  pbadeer | Jul 7, 2012 |
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Jessica Dorfman Jones delivers proven tactics to help anyone cheat successfully through life. She shows how to creatively enhance a resume and beat a drug or polygraph test. She also reveals how to file fabricated tax and insurance forms. Each of her 32 chapters introduces the scam, reveals its risks and rewards, and describes the time-tested techniques for pulling it off.… (more)

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