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How to Get Divorced by 30: My Misguided Attempt at a Starter Marriage Paperback – January 26, 2010

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About the Author

Sascha Rothchild graduated from Boston College with a concentration in playwriting. She is currently writing a television show she created and sold to ABC Family and is penning the movie version of How To Get Divorced By 30 for Universal Studios. Sascha was featured on NPR’s This American Life, and she has appeared in their series for Showtime. She is one of the original performers in the stage show Mortified and is published in Simon and Schuster’s book of the same name. Her articles have been featured in LA Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Women’s Health Magazine, and the political pop culture website dipdive.com. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452295998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452295995
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Something's fishy here. First off, the book itself. `How to Get Divorced by 30'' began life as an article in the Los Angeles alternative paper, the L.A. Weekly. It has since been optioned by Universal Pictures to (possibly) become a feature film. Fair enough; the saucy title alone is enough from which to build a fun, chick-flick/rom-com that could last a couple of weekends in the mall (assuming the studio covers their bet by putting actual comedy writers on the project who can exorcise this painfully drab story out of their script.) But the middle piece - the book itself - dreadful.

For some reason, Rothchild (and her publisher) thought her twenty-something life's story was interesting enough to foist 224 pages onto the general public during the fallow first quarter. It is not. (It appears that the movie option was already in place, as the book would clearly be a `pass' without it.) Her story, the story of a writer of limited accomplishment, moving to LA to `make it,' and turning a loser boyfriend into a loser husband is about as exciting as the `marriage' of the half-filled ketchup bottles Rothchild merges while waiting tables at the Palm. (A mundane procedure, she actually feels obligated to explain.)

After a handful of uninspired relationships lead her to Jeff, a curmudgeonly wannabe actor/bartender whose life seems to revolve around living in his La-Z-Boy recliner, playing video games and smoking pot all day, it is shocking that Rothchild both marries him and then is somehow surprised that the obviously ill-fated unison ends in divorce. (This, despite the fact that she has to buy her own engagement ring at the mall, is married by a guy who got his certificate off the internet and hopes Jeff wears his 'good jeans' on their wedding day!
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You don't have to have been married to recognize a lot of the relationship tropes and dynamics that Sascha Rothchild deftly parses in this highly entertaining read. It could almost be subtitled "The Stupid [...] People Do In Their Twenties" -- even if you haven't shared the writer's journey, or wouldn't have always made the same choices, you will find familiar people, mistakes, and small triumphs in this book. Looking forward to more.
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A snarky humored memoir that I just couldn't get into. I picked this up because I have read and loved memoirs that are filled of hard funny truths. This one - just didn't work for me.

I knew from the beginning that the man she married would not be there in the end. But from the beginning of the relationship, I saw the doomed ending - she should have never married him in the end. There were so many deal breakers that she just let go by, where I would have made an abrupt stop to the relationship. I can't get started about her family life, oh my goodness.

I have to be honest, I would only recommend this to those who have the heart to by pass her mishaps and rough humor to enjoy a true story
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Way more than a divorce memoir, this book is about growing up the child of Generation Counter Culture Parents in the '80s-90s multicultural, media saturated, Bi-Coastal USA. Rothchild captures the kaleidoscope of parental, social and generational ideas that must get sorted through to finally become your own person.
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After seeing the book on a table at Borders I picked it up b/c I loved the title and the picture of the blender on the cover. I'm a sucker for packaging, what can I say. :-)

I wanted to read the book straight through but unfortunately had to work and sleep, so I finished it over 2 nights. The stories about her ex-Jeff, her writing style, learning about her background and a bit about how she was raised so unconventionally- these are some of the reasons I wish the book hadn't ended.

This is a light-hearted and relatable read for anyone who experienced their first love in high school, stayed in a dysfunctional relationship because it was too comfortable to end, and/or spent some time engaged in self-destructive behaviors trying to figure out who they are.

Quite frankly I wish her marriage had lasted longer so she'd have even more Jeff stories to share with us!
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This book is a very easy read, however there is very little you will learn or take away from it.
I bought this book expecting to get an insight into a marriage gone wrong. What mistakes were made? Why did the love go away? What attracted us at first? All those questions we often ask ourselves when a good relationship ends. However this story is very different. You discover through the very biased eyes of the writer a relationship that really should not have lasted more than a good month. You discover a pot smoking loser who won't do anything for his "girlfriend" and yet she seems to want a relationship with him. The writer seems to pretend or be suprised that her marriage to a pot head husband who proposed to her by asking "how do you want to do this?" who accepted to go dutch on the ring but didn't even bother to go pick it with her wasn't meant to last. What bother's me the most is that the story is at times hard to follow because the writer seems to be highly biased about her own self accomplishments. She will mention how her husband was a pot smoker while she was more of a coke doer even though she hadn't done it since she was 13!... for only a year... and she would later refer it as an addiction. She mentions in the book that he didn't mind how many guys she had slept with because he had outdone her by dozens and yet we discover a pot smoking lazy dead beat husband who wouldn't get out of his la z boy if the house was on fire... hard to believe. (Unless maybe he was Brad Pitt but in her description, he clearly was not)
She tries to convince the reader or herself that she fell for that man but reading the book, we can clearly feel that something is missing.
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