Let's face it. People keep getting married. Yet over 40% of first marriages end in divorce and up to 67% of second do, too, with statistics becoming predictably more dismal as the number of trips to the altar rack up. It seems like, for many of us, the longing to be half of a couple so in love they make other people want to puke is too strong to ignore.
The problem is, we've all grown up to expect that fairytale endings happen by accident, that if we wish upon a star, or let down our golden hair, then, blammo, we'll get our happily ever after. In other words, we're lazy and feel entitled to have the one thing we want most in the world-the one thing we should work hardest to create and nurture-without doing squat to make our dreams reality. We fall in love, we marry, we pout, we nag, we sulk, and we sabotage.
How to Screw Up Your Marriage interrupts the pity party with a no-nonsense formula for couplehood success, written by a human relations expert who is herself in a wonderfully nauseating marriage with a passel of his and hers kids. It makes a wonderful companion book to the author's How to Screw Up Your Kids: Blended Families, Blendered Style,which was the winner of the 2012 USA Best Books Award in Parenting/Family: Divorce.
2nd Place, 2012 Houston Writers Guild Narrative Nonfiction Manuscript Contest.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book should be required reading for anyone getting married or moving in with someone whether it is ithe first time or the fifth time. Great, practical advice and absolutely hilarious and accessible.
Pamela has a written a book that gives those looking for second, third (fourth, fifth . . . . ) chances at finding true love, a real life look at a work in progress, and hope that it is attainable. It's an easy and enjoyable read that gives you tons of real life examples, that cost little to nothing to put into place. Although there are many laughs included in the book, it doesn't come off as an easy fix to a difficult problem. Pamela shares examples of both positive and negative experiences and always comes back to the effort and focus on the relationship itself.
Funny Stories! The author shares hysterical stories of her marriage and how she has learned to keep the intimacy protected. I loved this book because the author is bluntly honest and transparent. She invites you to sneak a peek into her marriage, the ups, downs and regular life issues, and shows how she keeps the fire going. I believe she shows us that no one has an excuse. No matter where we come from, we can all apply these principles and improve our relationships. In a time when so many relationships fail, it is refreshing to find a book that tells us how to keep the focus on protecting our marriages and the love that brought us together. There is practical application along with show-and-tells, how things worked for the author This is an easy read but make no mistake and don't let the humor fool you. This book is chock full of wisdom and first-hand knowledge. I believe anyone would enjoy this book and read it again and again!