The Break-Up Diet by Annette Fix is a witty, modern novel that wastes no time getting right to the point. The Breakup occurs on page one, and sets the scene for the rest of the story by dashing Annette’s hopes for her ‘happily ever after’. The remainder of this memoir, set up like a journal, consists of Annette dwelling on her seemingly blissful relationship that had been abruptly ruined in one phone call. She is forced to face the harsh reality of having been dumped by a man she truly loved and having to learn how to move on – whether she likes it or not.
Although most adults wouldn’t find any of the content to be offensive, this is not one to share with your teenage daughter, due to sexually explicit language and adult concepts. This is, however, a very easy read, with a great deal of humor. The “recipes” throughout each chapter are very clever, and some will make you laugh out loud. It’s a subject that any girl can relate to, along with feelings that many of us have already experienced firsthand.
From the dreaded yet anticipated “returning of his belongings” to the plots to accidentally bump into him, the random sightings that turn out to not be him, and the inability to move on, Annette goes through many stages and comes out strong it the end. There is a lesson to be learned in this book, and a happy ending provides hope and inspiration for any woman who has just been dumped. The reader will also feel a sense of pride in Annette’s accomplishments and discover how much she has grown and changed as she endures this ordeal.
I did enjoy this book, however, it lacked a great deal of background information, basic facts, and personality details which would have provided the reader with a better understanding of who Annette really is. Although I could relate to the situation of the break up, as well as understand the emotions she went through, I felt myself feeling a bit unconnected to Annette. Is she the bright, talented, hard working journalist, and caring mother that her words portrayed her to be? Or is she the topless dancer, who goes clubbing, and spends too many nights out with her friends, as her actions reflect?
By the end of the book, I realized she is both; which was slightly hard to comprehend. Also, I think the author could have evoked a great deal more emotion from the reader by providing more details about the relationship (pre-breakup) so that the reality of it would have had more of an impact. I would love to see a sequel to this book to fill in the blanks and answer a great deal of questions that the average reader may have while reading The Break-Up Diet.