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It takes the sugary-sweet idea of a show revolving around a close family and turns it into a quite realistic yet funny depiction of a typical family complete with sibling and parent spats, brat brothers, over-protective fathers and bimbo sisters. To its credit, '8 Simple Rules' knows it's a comedy and doesn't try to be more.
Too many shows (eg, ' Sister, Sister' and ' Lizzie Mc Guire') think just because its lead characters are now teenagers then they should tackle social issues and end up losing their humour by being too hard-hitting.
Beginning with the warning signs (#5: Your car insurance suddenly costs more than the car), the book covers dating (Rule #2: Keep your hands and eyes off my daughter's body or I will remove them), the telephone (seemingly wired to her nervous system), braces (the costliest metal on earth), the first job, and more.
"Cameron's take on the angst felt by every father of a teenage daughter is witty, wise, and excruciatingly on the money" (Charles Shyer, writer and director, Father of the Bride I and II).
This is a trap '8 Simple Rules' has avoided; it does tackle some issues (such as being the school outcast) but it has fun while doing so.
In fact the only time it has really been serious was understandably when it sensitively handled the tragic death of John Ritter and his character.
See more » This has to be one of the best comedies on the television at the moment.
(Rule #1: if you pull into my driveway and honk, you'd better be delivering a package, because you're sure as heck not picking anything up.) If your little girl has moved out and a teenager has taken her place, this book will help you do something you probably thought was not possible in your situation: laugh.