Bittergirl: Getting Over Getting Dumped by Annabel Griffiths, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis Moore (Penguin Canada), 256 pages, $25 paper. Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
This new how-to-get-over-him handbook for straight girls was written by the creators of the smash-hit play bittergirl.
The play sees three women get dumped by live-in boyfriends. As they spiral downward, one becomes a temporary stalker. Life becomes about getting Him out of their systems. Eventually they come to terms with being single.
Don't be fooled by the title of this self-help book. No one's actually bitter, just a little low on self-confidence. Which is understandable. Whose confidence doesn't get deflated when the person they're in love with breaks up with them at a restaurant or sneaks around with a co-worker?
Part Artist's Way, part Oprah yelling "You go, girl!", this book's got whole chapters dedicated to creating your team of best bittergirlfriends and detailed lists of duties to assign them.
Each chapter ends with bitteractivities, including questions like: "Do you miss Him or do you miss being part of a couple?"
And for those needing some LCBO-ish merriment to get over Him, Chapter 14's martini recipes will be sure to please. Sex And The City-loving moms get their very own chapter, aptly titled bittermums.
Just when you start to wonder if the bittergirls are really just girls-who-now-hate-boys, they advise that "you can't label every male in the human race as being just like Him."
Bittergirl the play was a comedy. This book, unfortunately, isn't. But if you need lessons on navigating through despair in slingbacks, this is the manual for you.
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