Picks and Pans Review: The Girl Code

updated 02/05/2001 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/05/2001 01:00AM

by Diane Farr

How can you tell, over that first restaurant dinner, how he's going to behave down the road? Diane Farr, a former host of MTV's Loveline, knows. "Watch how he treats the waitress," she writes. "Because in six months, this is exactly how he will treat you." Though a tad trite–this pocket-size handbook is hardly substantive enough to fill an afternoon–The Girl Code is stacked with clever observations about relationships and cutely packaged advice. For instance, Farr redefines DWI as Dialing While Intoxicated (when you may be prone to blurting out embarrassing confessions) and says it must be avoided at all costs. And the Recycling Bin refers to those exes in your address book you sometimes turn to in desperation. From types of dates to wedding-party politics, the laughs are plentiful here. Some sage advice from celebrities is also sprinkled throughout. "It's not the having," Elizabeth Taylor once confessed. "It's the getting." (Little, Brown, $14.95) Bottom Line: Lively lexicon of love

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