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It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Great!

I love this author. Very entertaining! I am the 'dumper' who has been struggling with whether or not to go back and try to work on the issues but this book helped me to see that the decision I made, although extrememly painful, was the right one. Going back would just...
I love this author. Very entertaining! I am the 'dumper' who has been struggling with whether or not to go back and try to work on the issues but this book helped me to see that the decision I made, although extrememly painful, was the right one. Going back would just be a temporary fix. I highly recommend this book...infact, I am going to buy a copy for my ex!

posted by Anonymous on November 17, 2006

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A Good Swift Kick For The Recently Single

An interesting, hip take on an age old problem. In this follow-up to "He's Just Not That Into You", Behrendt teams up with his wife, Amiira Rutola-Behrendt to present both sides of the problem.

I personally enjoyed their tag team approach as each shared their own sto...
An interesting, hip take on an age old problem. In this follow-up to "He's Just Not That Into You", Behrendt teams up with his wife, Amiira Rutola-Behrendt to present both sides of the problem.

I personally enjoyed their tag team approach as each shared their own stories and allowed readers a glimpse into the mind of the opposite sex. The authors have a complementary and well- blended writing style that works well together while reminding the reader that there are two distinct people with entirely separate experiences and ways of handling the same situation.

While often blunt, the book manages to avoid being preachy and generically over-optimistic. They deal with tough issues like alcoholism, obsessive behavior, and mindless self-indulgent pity parties without coming across as judgmental or self-righteous. Their strategy of openly and honestly discussing their own flaws and past mistakes makes for a sympathetic, but not enabling, read.

Though the book is primarily focused on romantic relationships (and their slow, painful deaths), a friend of mine actually recommended this to me when I was having friendship issues. Thought skeptical, I tried it out and found that she was right- the book applies to breakups of all sorts, professional, social, and otherwise.

A good resource for the self-conscious, self-referential, self-help generation.

posted by NomadiCat on May 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    The Joke is on You

    I felt that this book was written as an experiment, and not in an effort to actually help anyone. The writers think that they are very funny, but I wasn't laughing. Also, I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    LET'S BE SERIOUS

    Nice marketing try, but this is a totally useless book in terms of trying to really help people review their emotional journey through life, love and relationships. You out there, I know you may be going through a tough time because you may be be going through a break up or you are still not over your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend. If you want some instant gratification and cheat on yourself pretending you are doing something meaningful about it, please go on and buy this book. But if you are looking for good answers and a real understanding of what's happening or has happened to you, do me a favor, read some real, good stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2005

    It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy

    Confused? I am. This book didn't really help me at all. It had a bunch of condescending phrases like 'Super Fox' and 'super cool chick.' I like to read a book that will actually nurture me and help me get through my break up. So, I took the advice of these other 2 reviewers and got the e-book - The BreakUp Workbook. Had to do an internet search for it, but I found it. They were right. The 2 books are very similar, but the copyright on The BreakUp Workbook is 2004. INTERESTING?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Breakup Buddy

    This reminds me of a book i read called The BreakUp Workbook - it's been online since 2004. I think the last like 120 pages are so are what reminded me of that book. I am a member of this online community and we all read The BreakUp Workbook and we all noticed the similarities between the end of this book and the book written by MJ. Just do a search on The BreakUp Workbook and you'll find her site. Read exercise 5. It's exactly like an exercise they used - down to the articles they tell you to move around your house. SCARY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    Very much like another book

    The last part of the book is very similar to a book by MJ Acharya - the Breakup Wookbook, which has been out for a while. Even the recommended things to do to help you get though the pain and not embarrass yourself - right down to finding a friend to help you not call him, etc. I thought the workbook style was more helpful than this.

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    Posted August 14, 2011

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