I have an ugly secret that I’m terribly ashamed of…
When I was in high school, I stopped reading books. I didn’t stop because I wanted to but more because I became so obsessed with wanting to do well in school that I didn’t make time for myself. Slowly but surely I missed books. Not being able to earn my own money made me walk into book stores and really miss the smell of paper.
This actually made me realize how expensive paperback books were and the ridiculous amount you have to pay for subscription services! This year, however I started working and really put time and money into buying books. I am currently using Google Books as I find that this is the cheapest and easiest for me, and I always have my phone with me so I don’t need to worry about carrying around extra weight (hello, campus student here).
If you’ve been following my blog or my YouTube channel, you would know that I came out of a 4 year relationship about a little over a month ago. The journey has really been a difficult one for me as my ex and I are no longer in contact and we did not part ways on the best of terms. This broke me. Emotionally, spiritually and mentally. For some reason, in my depressive state (no, seriously I once skipped a whole week of varsity due to the fact that I refused to run into him) I decided to open up my YouTube and in the search tab I typed “how to get over a break up”. Silly right? I know, but at this point in time I had lost myself and just wanted advice from someone who knew what I was going through, even if it was only for views. I stumbled upon a video by Lauren Curtis (you can watch the video below, if you want) and she spoke about a book called “It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken” and my cheap little butt typed it into Google and when I could not for the life of me find a PDF version of it, I decided to by the ebook. Man, little did I know that this book would change my life forever…
I’ve never believed in self-help books before. I thought they were just a ploy or some way to make people feel good about themselves. Greg and Amiira really took the time to write a no-nonsense, stop feeling sorry for yourself and get your ass in gear book. I would highly recommend this to anyone going through a break-up or even just needing a push to get over an ex. This book takes you through every phase of a break-up and guides you in order to find yourself and get your life to where it needs to be. It also contains stories from real life people, some yummy recipes and exercises to complete in order to get back to your good, old self (without your ex).
What I loved the most about the book was that both Greg and Amiira talk about their own experiences and failed relationships and tell you exactly what you need to do. I loved this, I felt like they were talking to me and knew exactly what I was going through and how to help me. For example, when I had hit rock bottom and stayed at home for a week and missed out on important classes, they have a chapter called “stop calling in sick” and it really opened my eyes to what I was doing. My ex is running around campus having the time of his life so why the hell can’t I? In fear of running into him? (Which, just by the way is another chapter in the book) In fear of seeing how happy he is without me? I was lying in a blanket and balling my eyes out for a week, I was pathetic. I could not put the book down and in turn, finished this book in 3 days (provided that I am a university student and I am an English major, so I have other novels to read).
This one is a solid 10/10 for me.
P.S: This is going to be a monthly series and I will be doing reviews on books every month depending on my schedule and if I can finish it in a month.
I will be doing a life update sometime in the future. For now, I’m focusing on my exams and starting to focus on building my empire, so that when Mr. Right does come along… I’ll be ready and independent.
Fave quotes from the book:
“The person you loved took a good long look at the awesomeness that is you, evaluated your relationship together, and said “no thanks, I’ll try my luck elsewhere”
“Awesome thought: the right guy is out there right now, wondering when he’s going to meet someone like you”
“If you pay attention to negative thoughts, you’re only affirming their validity”
I Am Currently Reading: You Are A BadAss: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
Featured image is not mine and credits go to the respective owner, I found it on Tumblr.