Princeton Mom/Troll Who Told Girls to Snag Husbands Gets Book Deal

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The Princeton University alumna and all-knowing sage who warned female students to trap a husband before senior year or face certain doom landed a book deal, in which she will share "uncomfortable truths" about "having it all" (impossible, unless your husband went to Princeton).

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Susan Patton, class of 1977 and mother of two Princetonian sons — one's still single and on campus, ladies, although "the universe of women he can marry is limitless," since he lives in a dorm in New Jersey — doled out some hard-hitting advice in the Daily Princetonian back in March that rivaled Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth: "Here's what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there."

Now, aspiring Princeton wives will be able to read her advice in print. Gallery books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced this week that Smarten Up!: Words of Wisdom from the Princeton Mom is scheduled to come out in the spring of 2014. Gallery promises Patton will share "uncomfortable truths" about "marriage and motherhood and what could happen if students wait too long." Who wants to launch the Change.org campaign?

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Dear (female) reader: you're worthless without an Ivy League Prince by your side. You're also old. I'll have my book deal now, thanks!

[USA Today]

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reboundstudent
reboundstudent

Hopefully I don't get tarred and feathered for this but....

IS her advice really that awful? The idea that if you want to get married, you should snag a guy as early as possible, preferably in college where it is incredibly easy to meet people who are your age and who you have something in common with?

I am 28, and live in the Midwest, and it is a fact that nearly everyone in my age range is already coupled/has been married for a couple of years, to their high school/college sweetheart. There are barely any single guys to be had, and the ones that are around, only want to either hook-up, or have relationships with younger women (the whole "fertility and youth and experience" thing. Older women and their 'baggage' and all.)

I am not saying ALL women need to get married, or that you should be shamed or pressured into dating when you're not ready. But IF marriage is a goal of yours, it seems like it's a lot smarter to lock that down early, so you can spend your 20's building your career without worrying over your slowly declining fertility and dating shelf life.* So, is her advice really so awful?...

*I have been told by numerous guys that by the time I'm 30, that's it, I no longer have any dating value, and if I want to get married, I will need to just "take what I can get."