Review: The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor

The Breakup Bible
by Melissa Kantor

May 1st 2007 by Hyperion

Hardcover, 272 pages

Jennifer Lewis, Max Brown

Jennifer had the perfect boyfriend, the All-American Boy, Max Brown, who she has had a crush on since kindergarten. Everything was fine and peachy for them, or at least that is what Jennifer believed. Out of nowhere Max tells her that he has been thinking about this a lot and just ends their relationships. Heartbroken, Jennifer has no idea what went wrong and is having trouble seeking out the answers, most likely because all she can do is cry in her room.

Jennifer's grandmother believes that the only way she can get over the relationship is by reading The Breakup Bible, the pink book with a golden heart torn in the middle, written by Dr. Emory Emerson. At first Jennifer is still too shaken up about the relationship that she can't even think of her ex's five faults (step one of The Breakup Bible). Jennifer is too busy thinking that Max has figured out that he has made the hugest mistake by breaking up with her. She constantly wonders about this when Max seems to be sending mixed signals to her in their journalism class.

But as Jennifer begins to see that thinking about Max may not be the healthiest thing for her, she takes Dr. Emerson's book and starts using the ten commandments, from trying to not talk bad about your ex to getting a new hobby. But little does Jennifer know that the changes that occur aren't only because of the book--and that the perfect boyfriend she once had isn't so perfect after all.


typical.funny. and vital

At last i finished this book. actually I start reading this June and I stop reading this because many other great books come and I read it again yesterday and finished it.

So here's Jen Lewis, editor of the school paper and here's Max Brown, the paper's editor-in-chief. And their together until Max tells her “it would be better if we were just friends.” Making matters worse, she catches him kissing another girl from the paper. Jen wonders how she is going to deal with the pain of seeing Max in school every day. Jen cannot sleep, cries constantly and thinks she “could actually die of heartache.” Even with supportive friends and family-and opportunities to advance her journalism career-it takes time to move on. Her misery only intensifies when her grandmother gives her a book that she heard about on the radio. Dr. Emerson’s The Breakup Bible claims that “there’s no reason a woman can’t get over a breakup very quickly if she’ll just follow a few basic commandments.”

Its really just a typical for me, but something in this book I found kinda great. I think its the 10 commandments in the breakup bible.
The author successfully juggles several storylines, including Jen’s work on an important article for the newspaper, her mother’s attempt at romance after years of being alone, and Jen’s attempt to move on with a new boy. Jen’s relationship with her divorced parents, brother, and grandmother adds a nice layer to an already interesting story. This book is a light read and a perfect escape.

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