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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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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!Read more ›
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
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did not find Ms. Rothhild's life very interesting, certainly not worth writing a book about.Published 23 months ago by pinkymidge
a really light and super hilarious book that is a great read for singles, the newly divorced, the freshly broken up, or even those happily coupled-up people who just like to be... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by ashley greene
I read this book in 5 hours on a cross country flight. I've never read a book so fast before, but I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by NC
I heard about this book in an interview with a favorite actress, who said it was hilarious. It wasn't. I did find it amusing, and finished the book quickly. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by E. Martin
I bought this book after attending a reading by the author with my girlfriend. She is now my ex-girlfriend (not the author). It took me months to get around to reading the book. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by Thanksmalc
I was expecting something light, humorous and somewhat meaningless like the movie about losing a guy in 10 days. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by G. G.
I loved this book. I read it in about 48 hours. As I was reading it, I felt a special connection with the author and her experiences and took much of her "lessons" to heart. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by bootsnyc
The title itself is hilarious, which is why I bought this book. Rothchild delves straight into her personal life, dating, schooling, childhood, and the story of her short marriage. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Arria
I bought this book after hearing Sascha Rothchild speak at the LA Times Festival of Book's Memoir: All The Single Ladies panel. Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by Rachel Kramer Bussel