The Sh!t No One Tells You About Divorce: A Guide to Breaking Up, Falling Apart, and Putting Yourself Back Together

Hachette. Jan. 2023. 240p. ISBN 9780306828546. pap. $18.99. SELF-HELP
Divorce is stressful at best and can be quite traumatic for individuals who are blindsided by their partner’s decision to end the marriage. Dais’s addition to her “The Sh!t No One Tells You” series provides practical and supportive suggestions for surviving divorce and its aftermath. In clear, and, at times, profane language, the author describes her successes and failures during the dissolution of her marriage to her wife and its impact on her relationship with their children. The author discusses all aspects of divorce including its legalities, co-parenting, dealing with an ex-spouse’s new relationships, therapy, and dating. Readers will discover suggestions for filling their time to combat loneliness. The author stresses the importance of developing a support system to assist readers through this ordeal. Dais describes the steps of divorce and suggests the ultimate goal is to develop acceptance, along with forgiveness, of both one’s spouse and one’s self.
VERDICT While some readers will appreciate the author’s no-nonsense approach, others may be turned off by references to casual sex and drug use. Readers will learn that surviving divorce is a process, but contentment is possible if one is willing to do the work to achieve it.
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