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Charles Highway approaches women in the same way he does his study of literature: systematically. He has binders full of observations, studies,and other ways in which he can bed women. In other words, he has made a study of the ways in which he can use women. But when he meets Rachel, just before he sits his exams to enter Oxford, he finds his plans secondary to his growing feelings for her. And luckily enough, she's attracted to him, too. As the fall progresses, and the two of them prepare for the biggest exams of their young lives, Charles will begin to learn that while systematic studies of What Women Want may be enough to get women into bed, relationships may take more than notes on how to kiss and fondle. As he learns more about Rachel-the-Person, as opposed to Rachel-the-Female-Body, Charles' emotional deficiencies come to light. Can Charles change his old ways in order to make the relationship work?
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   college Loving/sexing?    -   girl chasing

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   Boob talk!    -   Vagia talk! Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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