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Getting Over Him: Cosmo's Complete Break-Up Survival Handbook (Cosmopolitan) Mass Market Paperback – December, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Cosmopolitan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Morrow/Avon; Reprint edition (December 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793983
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Hurchalla lives in New York City.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second time my boyfriend has left me. The first time he left me for someone else and this time he claims that he doesn't want to be with me yet he doesn't want to loose me. This book has made me open my eyes and see what he's really doing. I can really relate to this book. I just wish i had it the first time he left me so i could have saved myself from this second heartbreak. I'm still on anti-depressants from the first breakup which happened a year and a half ago. This book has made me really believe that there is life after a bad break up and it made me realize that it is time to move on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Julia D. Taylor on December 29, 1997
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Anyone who is getting over a breakup needs this book. It is full of real-life anecdotes and invaluable pointers, and reads like your best friend or big sis wrote it. Elizabeth Hurchalla is right on in every single area mainly because SHE'S BEEN THERE. She's not some 60-year-old trying to give "modern" advice. On the contrary, she's a girl of the '90s who tells you straight up how to deal in every stage of your breakup. You'll save yourself a lot of money in therapy by buying this book, trust me! It will be the best six bucks you've ever spent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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I found this book to be of great comfort! I thought I was losing my mind and acting completely irrationally over a man/relationship. When I read this book I realized I had plenty of company and that what I was experiencing was actually "normal" emotions. After what was the most devastating relationship/breakup of my life, four months later, I find myself so much happier without him. Now that I am on the outside looking in, I wonder why I didn't get out of that relationship sooner. I may not know what I want in the next man, but I know what I don't want!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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After buying a couple of books by counselors and doctors, I found this one. This was the only one that felt like it really understood the real problems I encountered as a break-up survivor instead of just diagnosing what was wrong with me (though nothing was wrong with me, everything I was feeling was normal). It has been a few years since I read this for the first time, and I have bought at least 5 more copies and given them to friends who also go through break-ups. It is great to underline the most important things so that when you are feeling low, you can just review them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jazzy on October 3, 1999
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When I broke up with my boyfriend, I bought every self help book out there, and I mean EVERY one of them. This book was one the few that actually helped me. The advice is practical, and the author seems to know how to hit home. She knows you're hurting and want to call him, or do a drive by(minus the bullets hopefully!) I found that highlighting the passages that pertain to your pain, then going over it really helps. I'm not over my heartache yet, but this book really helps me. Don't let the word "Cosmo" mislead you into thinking this is just fluff, it's not. I'm a mature woman, and I found this book extremely helpful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 2001
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This book offers good advice for women in their 20's who have broken up with someone or been dumped. (not appropriate for an older audience, though). Very helpful advice written in plain, conversational English which can be read FAST. Best to read this a soon as you break up with someone, as it tells you why you should not do all the stupid things that us girls do (like call him, stop by, beg for forgiveness) and points out that MEN WANT WHAT THEY CAN'T HAVE. It offers advice on what to do if the ex lives with you or works with you, has a quiz to figure out if you want him back at all, and gives tips on how to handle dating others. All solid advice you may know already, but it is a huge help to read it over and over. This book does help you to speed the healing process by facing reality...which none of us girls are good at doing after losing the man we loved. I sure hope you don't need this book...ever...but if you are suffering please go ahead and read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2002
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ok. so i got dumped. but do i need cosmo to tell me how to mend my broken heart? well any advise was welcome when i purchased this, but it turned out to be wasted money - as i should have and would have realized if i were in a more stable state of mind.
as a previous reviewer noted, it is fluff. this is primarily directed at a girl who wasn't with someone very long, probably didn't have a long-term commitment and whose main objective is to stop sleeping with her ex.
i admit there were a *few* bits of wisdom, but most of 'em are pretty logical and obvious. the rest of it i skimmed....
overall, it's not worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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This is the greatest book I have ever read! I read from beginning to end in one day! I thought that I was the only one who ever did some of the crazy things that people do in the "desperate" break up situation but I realized I was not alone. Like the all too famous "sad song surfing" and the all hours "stalking." It helped me "Get Over Him" and get on with my life!
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