There are many places a young man can go for romantic advice--friends, family, and if the worst comes to the worst, the internet.
Now, desperate bachelors are taking dating tips from a nine-year-old boy.
Alec Greven, from Colorado, is the author of How To Talk To Girls. The book, which started as an elementary school project, has become a New York Times best-seller.
"I just observed around the playground how boys mess up and what mistakes they make," said Alec. "A lot of boys made the wrong conversations."
Alec believes showing interest is the key to winning a girl's heart. He said: "Your goal is to make sure she does most of the talking so then you can't mess up."
In his book, Alec suggests that men find a cool role model to base their behaviour on. "The best choice for most boys is a regular girl." he said.
Alec also offers advice for when relationships don't work out so well.
On breaking-up, he said: "You say something like, 'I don't think this is really going to work but would you like to be friends'." On being dumped, he replied: "I say, life is hard, move on. If you can't get over it, it's ruined."
Despite his junior love-guru status, Alec says there are no ladies in his life, aside from his mother. "I'm a little too young for all that dating and everything," he said.
Alec is working on several follow-ups to How To Talk To Girls. How To Talk To Moms, How To Talk To Dads and How To Talk To Grandparents are already in the pipeline.