Thursday, 27 September 2012

5 Books for a Break Up

I've read too many books.

In my head, Elizabeth gets her Mr Darcy and she keeps him, Cathy and Heathcliff are together in the afterlife, and Harry and Ginny DO grow up to have kids named after their lost loved ones.

But just as books can set you up for heartbreak, they can also save you from it.  Here are my top picks for the end of the affair.

1. Breakfast at Tiffanys

Nobody does composure as stylishly as Audrey Hepburn.  Now I know that the book came first but to be fair, you say "Breakfast at Tiffanys" and you automatically think of the film.  The cat.  Audrey in that black dress smoking a cigarette on one of those long, tapered cigarette holders.  And there isn't a better attitude to have at a time like this than the one Holly Golightly has when she tells Paul she simply cannot read bad news until she's got her lipstick on.  Here here!


Perfect for any disenfranchised princess or disillusioned dame, Truman Capote's novel of the same name is a novel about unrequited love, freedom, style, and happy endings not always involving the guy and the girl getting together to make mushy faces at one another.  If you love the writing of J.D. Salinger (which I do), then you will love Capote's pithy, brilliant prose.  Plus, it doesn't hurt a smidge that when you're bonding with gorgeous skateboarders over a mutual love of Salinger at the bookshop where you work, you can pick up a Capote and recommend he tries that next.

I do love a man who reads.

2. Adorkable (Or any other suitably fluffy YA novel NOT featuring Vampires or the Supernatural)

Sometimes a trip back to blissful, self-centred teenagerdom is just what the doctor ordered.  Light and fluffy, this book is the perfect night-or-two read with minimal deep thinking about philosophy required.  The moral?  Either, the lonely are never truly alone or, ALL HAIL THE INTERWEBZ. Either way, I enjoyed the book despite its inane focus on the "lingo" of teens today and the self-serving celebration of hipsters.  Jeane, while so unbelievably obnoxious for the first 100 pages, redeems herself with having actual substance, while Michael Lee leaves you with the hope that maybe there really is a boy out there who will accept you despite your nasty fashion choices and propensity for sulking.  Then again, he is a fictional character created by a woman...


Also a celebration of blogging!  Hooray!

3. It's Called A Breakup Because It's Broken

From the author who brought you He's Just Not That Into You (and his wife) comes this smart girl's break up user manual.  Tempted to mentally flagellate yourself by committing humiliating acts of lost love?  Read this book first!  The authors have included hilarious anecdotes about people far far crazier than you, and their positive take on life is totally infectious.  I found myself laughing out loud... ON THE TRAIN!

Thanks to Yvonne for the recommendation!

4. Puberty Blues

Nothing puts a girl off men like dirty, scruffy surfer boys demanding Chiko Rolls and expecting you to pay off your Friendship Ring in the back of a station wagon.

Source, plus a pretty accurate list of why the show is awesome.
Seriously though, now that you don't have a boyfriend to a) hog your time and b) judge you for watching this sort of show, you can go nuts and enjoy the heart-warming transition from average book to awesome TV show.  In fact, even if you do have a fella, watch it.

5. The Perks of Being A Wallflower

This one comes quite some time after the fact, but I know a lot of people who are going through break ups right now, and I thought it was really important to finally finish this post.  I just finished this book last night after being prompted to read it by the trailer for the film.  Observe:

If you liked Catcher in the Rye or We Need to Talk about Kevin, you will love this story.  Be warned, however!  While this book will make you happy, it will also make you very very sad at times.

I think most of all, though, the book captures those essential moments in life where you know who you are and what you want.

We are infinite, in other words.

So believe in love, because that's important.  But also believe in yourself, and believe in having great friends, and good standards, and goals, and idols, and surround yourself with the things that make you happy.

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