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Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match Hardcover – January 12, 2010

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Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Keeping the Love You Find: A Personal Guide and Getting the Love You Want
"This is a book of hope helping those looking for their other half move from pessimism to hope and from fantasy to reality. A must read for singles looking for love.”

Jillian Michaels, fitness trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and bestselling author of
Master Your Metabolism
“IF YOU’RE SINGLE, drop everything and read this book. It will completely change dating for you as you know it. I can work out your body, but Amy will get your love life in shape!”

Harper’s Bazaar
, February 2010
"Disillusioned by dating? Meeting Your Half-Orange is the ultimate pep talk.”

, March 2010
“Tear up your old list for your ideal mate, says Amy Spencer, author of the new book Meeting Your Half-Orange. Forget the superficial musts . . . and focus on how you want to feel in the relationship.”

Cosmopolitan U.K. , February 2010

"Meeting Your Half-Orange by Amy Spencer is a dating guide with a difference.”

Laurie Sandell, author of The Impostor’s Daughter
“I could not put this book down. Amy Spencer cuts through the scrap heap of self-help literature with a guide to life that is so joyful—so utterly helpful—you can consolidate that library into one. Women and men looking for love, meet your new guru.”

Star magazine, February 8, 2010
“Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes this upbeat book from relationship expert Amy Spencer. She thinks there’s a Mr. Right, or half-orange, for everyone, and the only way to find him is by being yourself. Sounds tasty!”

Actress Diane Farr, Californication and Rescue Me
“Where the heck was this book when I was single? It would have saved me years of frustration! I’ll be recommending Meeting Your Half-Orange to every ‘single’ person I know.”

Joanna Bober, magazine editor

“I feel like Amy is absolutely hitting on every issue that spins around in the brain of a single woman, even the ones that I couldn’t explain to myself. This book is a gift to women.”

BookPage, February 2010
“In Meeting Your Half-Orange, Amy Spencer helps singles harness the power of optimism to find their other halves. If your glass is empty . . . you may be the person who needs it most.”

Skirt! Boston
, January 21, 2010
“If you're constantly looking for love, stop the search, and pick up Amy Spencer's new dating guide Meeting Your Half-Orange. This optimistic and unique take on relationships and what we truly want in our other-halves is unlike your typical "go seek our Mr. Right" self-help book. Instead, Spencer advocates for establishing yourself as an individual and learning to accept yourself for who you are, rather than transforming to cater to the needs of a potential boyfriend.”

magazine, February 16, 2010
“Snaps to Spencer for putting ‘upbeat’ right there in the title. Nearly every other dating book screams at women with phrases such as ‘find love now!’ or ‘stop making dumb mistakes!’ This text—half memoir, half advice book—takes the perspective of an honest, encouraging friend who’s been there.”

About the Author

Amy Spencer is a relationship expert who writes for Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Page Six Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Match.com, and others, and the former host of the relationship call-in advice show Sex Files on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Maxim channel. She lives in Venice, CA, with her own “half-orange.”

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Edition edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076243774X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762437740
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Update: In June 2012 I met my half orange while learning how to scuba dive...he was my instructor! He proposed on Valentine's Day 2015, and we truly feel lucky to have found each other. I still think the advice in this book is among the best I have ever received!

A friend of mine gave me some good advice that is line with the ideas in this book. It's so simple, but so logical. So far, it's worked for me in terms of friendships, and I am confident it will work for me in all my relationships:

Make a list, and make it detailed, of all the qualities you want in your soul-mate. Add all the qualities you definitely DON'T want in your soul-mate. Focus on how badly you want that person. Now, spend the next few days, weeks, months, or years BECOMING that person you have written down. That is the ONLY way you are ever going to truly love and respect yourself, and that is the only way you are ever going to find him or her. And no, you're not SO unique that there's no one out there who matches you. In fact, there are LOTS of people out there who do, and once you become the person you seek, those people are going to start walking into your life like magic. If you seem to attract negative people or unhealthy relationships, this will NEVER change unless you work on yourself. Like attracts like.

This is a beautiful book that may seem dreamy but is actually pretty rational. Unless you're actively trying not to get involved with anyone or living in a cave, relationships are pretty much inevitable. And relationships are ALWAYS mirrors. They reflect you exactly.
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Having read so many dating gurus' books which blame the woman for being too picky, ambitious,fat, busy, feminist, independent...ad nauseum.....I found Ms. Spencer's book a refreshing treasure. I totally agree with being happy wth the gifts you are given. With so many in the world dealing with under- or un-employment, or dysfunctional/abusive relationship situations, I feel truly blessed.

However, I was troubled by the fact that there was not *one* example of an over-40 woman finding love. Not one. I even emailed Ms. Spencer about this. With no answer. The message I get, as with so many of these tomes, is that those of us over 40 are not worthy of love. But perhaps the younger ones feel more desperation as they still want children. Then again, Ms. Spencer appears to be in her 30s, which may explain her focus.
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I stumbled upon Amy Spencer's blog a few months ago. I was in a sad, grey place. I was coming up on a year after I broke-up with my boyfriend of 5 years. It's the typical thing: I thought I was going to get married, I thought he was "the one", I thought...but I knew something was off so we ended it on good terms. We both felt we weren't quite right for each other. Even though it was true, it left me disillusioned in the world of dating. I've never been very good at it do begin with, so I suppose that's part of the reason I clung on.
I kept wondering as the months trickled by, "what is wrong with me, why not me" all the things most single gals ask themselves at one point or another. But my friends said "nothing is wrong with you, you just haven't met the right guy", then comes Amy's book that basically echoed there sentiment: Nothing is wrong with you. Just be your fabulous, awesome unique self, and he'll come to you. I though this was bolonga. Then I realized that a HUGE component to my dating, and well life, outlook was missing. Optimism. I'm a highly optimistic person...but just not for myself. I'll cheerleader for my friends up and down "you can do it, I believe in you!" but yet I couldn't get around to saying those things to myself. Right around valentine's day is when I was feeling my lowest. I was feeling bitter, cynical, frustrated and angry and its a suit I don't like to wear because well, it doesn't "suit" me. Plus, two days after valentine's day was the one year anniversary so I cut myself some slack. I told myself "ok, I'm giving you this week to be mopey, cynical, bitter and mad after that, you're done and you're reading this book!" And that I did.
I began to read it slowly...a few pages every night so that it could sink in and I could think of what I read as I fell asleep.
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The first thing that attracted me to this book was it's title. You see in Spanish the phrase "Half-Orange" is equal to calling someone your other half or your sweetheart, mi media naranja. I wasn't planning on reading it but next thing I knew I was about a quarter of the way done with the book. This put me in a dilemma because I wanted to finish reading it but didn't really want to ask if I could borrow it. I had just begun seeing this girl and wasn't sure what she'd think of me if I asked to borrow her book on Dating Optimism. I mean we were kind of dating already, why would I want to read this book? Anyway. I chickened out. I never asked to borrow the book. Instead I would pick it up whenever I was over her place. I couldn't wait for her to walk the dog or talk on the phone with her family so I could pick up "Meeting Your Half-Orange". Well guess what? I got busted. She caught me reading the book. At first she teased me a little, I got embarrassed, came up with a lame excuse and next thing you know we're both talking about the adventures of Amy Spencer and her cast of friends looking for and sometimes finding love.
What I found most interesting about "Half-Orange" is that it's stories within the story. Rather than being a typical "How To" guide the author weaves in true love stories as well as her own tale on how she met her Half-Orange. So now you can understand why I found this book so clever. I absolutely recommend it for anyone, boy or girl, man or woman, looking for that special someone.
The message in "Meeting Your Half-Orange" that resonated most with me is that, Before anyone can fall in love with You, You must fall in love with yourself first. Has anything ever made more sense?
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