SELF-HELP

Break-up Boss

Random. Sept. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780143788768. pap. $14.95. SELF-HELP
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Australian writer and skin-care entrepreneur Foster-Blake (Textbook Romance) presents a breezy, humorous guide to getting through a breakup. The author bills herself as the reader’s “breakup coach,” but her tone is refreshingly more akin to the tough love of a good friend. Based around a “Feel Wheel,” the guide offers post-break-up scenarios and encourages readers to check in with their emotions before jumping into the next chapter. The structure is effective, as the narrative is intended to be read and revisited. Foster-Blake’s guidance, accompanied by charming illustrations by Andrew, appeals for its conversational tone and positive spin on heartbreak as an opportunity for growth.
VERDICT Concise and colorful, this would make an ideal gift book. Readers looking for a motivational take on moving past heartbreak may want to pair this entertaining, affirming guide with Bridget Fonger’s Superhero of Love: Heal Your Broken Heart & Then Go Save the World.

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