After my little interview with Annette, I had planned on posting this the next day. But 4 double shifts, and any time that I wasn't at work, was home in bed!! So here is my review, although a bit delayed! The Break-up Diet by Annette Fix (285 pgs, Orange Curtain Publishing, 2008).
The cordless phone ran. Once. Twice. With my eyes still glued shut, I fumbled through the layers of bedding to find it.
Annette Fix was a single mother living in Orange County, California. Her dream was to be a writer. But in the meantime, the bills needed to be paid. So, Annette worked as a topless dancer. Her live-in boyfriend, Kevin, was the love of her life....until the day he dumped her....over the phone!
The Break-up Diet is a memoir. Although non-fiction by nature, the book reads easily and could even be called by some, "Chick Lit". Annette Fix is extremely sharp and witty, and that shines throughout this book. There were quite a few laugh-out-loud moments in this book. But what is especially inspirational is Annette's strength of character. It is admirable the way she picked up the pieces of her life after Kevin left. She is also a very dedicated mother, and that is another element of the book that radiates from every page.
Annette is a talented writer and creates a fun story to read, even when the situations AREN'T funny. There are a few problems that I had with the story, but it's hard for me to criticize a memoir since these things actually happened. What is the old saying? "Hindsight is 20/20"...and I SO agree. It's easy for me to look at the past and see what I did wrong. It's also easy for me to judge things that someone else does....when I can see all sides to a situation.
This book made me laugh...and I enjoyed it. I came to care what happened to the characters.....and I wanted to see the happy, fairytale ending that Annette hoped for. All in all an enjoyable read. Recommended for anyone who has ever been dumped before....and isn't that all of us???3.75/5