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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: February Books (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984954384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984954384
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"O’Shea...boldly includes stories from her own life that, while often unflattering, serve well for hindsight-based observation and instruction. Readers seeking to shake a bout of love sickness will find solid advice and coping skills."
-Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Samara O'Shea is the author of Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits and For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing. In addition to writing letters and wedding vows on behalf of others at LetterLover.net, Samara is also a blogger for The Huffington Post, and her writing has appeared in Country Living, Woman's Day, and All You.

More About the Author

Samara O'Shea has been blonde, brunette, and currently enjoys life as a red head. She is the author of two books that praise the written word--Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits and For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing. Her third book, entitled Loves Me...Not: How to Survive (and Thrive!) in the Face of Unrequited Love, is now available. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire and Woman's Day and she is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Samara is currently pursuing a master's degree in social work at Temple University.

www.SamaraOShea.com

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I was reluctant to read this book.
Ebony Haywood
It was so nice to finally read a book that did not tell me how to get a man but one that actually instructed how to let go of one.
Tricia
I'm a victim of unrequited love, and this was my first step for progressing.
Elizabeth Plumb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By blondewriter99 on January 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
(Full disclosure: I am a writer who received an advanced copy of this book and also know the author personally.) There are many books out there on how to "snag" a man; how to keep a man; how to make a relationship work, or make it hotter. But scant few books (if any?) about how to let one gracefully go. Samara O'Shea tackles that somewhat uncharted territory with heart, verve, and expertise. She starts off with herself -- she used to be one of those women who clung, clung, clung, even when the man was scrambling to get away (men are interesting creatures -- they can simultaneously sleep with you and scramble). After a couple of painful encounters of this nature, Samara finally asked herself what she could do to learn how to let go when appropriate -- and if the man is getting married (as happened twice in her romantic history), it's probably -- no, definitely -- time to let go. Samara walks the reader through this difficult but necessary and ultimately empowering phase like only a caring, and smarter than you, girlfriend can. She's been there, done that, and learned her lessons. She shares them with us in a way that will have you underlining and folding page corners for future reference. If you're still clinging to the idea that someone who has made it clear they're not interested (like they're engaged or haven't called you in two weeks!) will come to his senses and bang your door down, get this book immediately.
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I saw this book at my local library and decided to glance it out of curiosity. I have to confess I'm not a fan of the self-help/relationship genre. In fact I think most of authors of such books tap into people's insecurities in a blatant effort to make money. Not unlike the medicine show "doctors" of old. Well, I am now officially making an exception to that opinion! As I went through this book I thought to myself again and again, what the *bleep* was Samara doing peering through my bedroom windows? Did she read my freaking diary or something? It blew my mind that this book was like one of those "killing me softly with his song" moments (yeah, I'm actually old enough to remember the Roberta Flack song lol) as I have more than a passing acquaintence with the age old issue of unrequited love/one-sided relationships and foolish going nowhere crushes! Perhaps I shouldn't admit that publicly but it's the truth. Me and Dante would make good company lol. However, what works in literature and the humanities can make a persons pretty dysfunctional in real life. Basically, in this book Samara is pulling back the veil and showing up the ugly truth about what so-called unrequited love does to the psyche and what healthy things one can do about it! Mind, she's not cruel about her advice. She speaks truths in a blunt but humorous way. I got a kick out of the ways she uses characters from pop culture to describe real life people and their situations. Some folks will not like this book because the book's writer doesn't coddle or enable behaviors that are quite honestly unhealthy vs romantic...what Samara refers to as our "inner psycho!" Instead, Samara has the reader looking realistically at what is really behind many if not most cases of unrequited love...Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenee Lendzion on March 6, 2014
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I enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end. It is so relevant to relationships in the world we live in today. Not only romantic relationships, but also relationships with friends and family. I love the way the author references historic figures, pop culture icons, as well as people she worked with at a bar in Manhattan. This book makes you think about who you are and who you want to be. It celebrates the critical thinking nonconformist. It makes you question why we are always 'future tripping' and not living in and enjoying the moment as it is right now. Why do we find ourselves prodding someone to be with us - whether it is a boyfriend or a platonic friend. After reading this book you can't help but handle all future relationships in a more dignified, self-aware, level headed way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 27, 2014
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Look, we ALL have scars from the bumps and bruises we experience in this lifetime. And not one of us escapes love (ahh, why, oh why does the English language only have ONE word for a myriad of emotions?!? I digress, sorry. . . ) without the experiences described by Ms. O'Shea in this wonderfully charming book. Samara O'Shea takes her life experiences and allows us to peak into the process of how she has learned some beautiful lessons. Whether single (like the author) or married (like myself), I feel that Loves Me . . . Not can be a salve for the scars you have . . . whether they are fresh or buried. Further, Ms. O'Shea delivers it in such a feel-good, easy-going way that you may just find yourself thinking you can pick up the phone and share your own story with her, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on February 10, 2014
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Loves Me...Not was such a helpful and fun read! I could not help but share the tips to my friends. The celebrity anecdotes were my absolute favorite and it was really helpful to get perspective. I had a lot of fun reading this book and would definitely recommend it to any of my friends. The book reads like a conversation with a friend. There are a million books that give tips and tricks to find a boyfriend but I had never read one that spoke to moving on so well. It was so nice to finally read a book that did not tell me how to get a man but one that actually instructed how to let go of one. This book is perfect for anyone who has not been able to get one person fully out of his or her head, no matter how long it has been.
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