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Can't Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Blakeley, a writer for Forbes, was happily living in New York City, engaged to Aaron, the man she’d been with for a decade, when he dropped a bomb on her one afternoon: he’s pretty sure he’s gay. Blakeley is blindsided by Aaron’s announcement and suddenly finds herself thrust back into the dating world at the age of 36. Demoralized and certain that she isn’t ready to jump into another relationship, Blakeley opts for no-strings-attached hook-ups with two men she meets in bars, a charming Indian lothario named Rahil and James, a younger man whose outward shyness masks his inner player. While Rahil pines for his ex-girlfriend, and James dates a series of younger foreign women, Blakeley tries to navigate a tricky minefield: sex without love. Blakeley’s lively memoir definitely limns the emotional upheaval that comes with the dissolution of a long-term relationship, and many will relate to her attempts to get back on her feet and find her way in the often emotionally taxing dating world. --Kristine Huntley
Top customer reviews
I too was involved with a gay man. I was actually married for 14 years. I felt trapped in a loveless marriage but stayed "for the sake of my children" until the day I simply couldn't play anymore. I felt as though my inner being was being stolen from me.
I ordered the book one morning after seeing your interview on The TODAY show. You caught my attention when they introduced you and I had to stay and hear your story. I am so thankful that I did. I loved the humor you share and the way you dealt with your fiance of 10 years revealing that he is gay.
I don't think there is any way one could truly understand this predicament and the emotions you feel when faced with this issue. It suddenly seems that everything and life as you know it is nothing but a lie!
Loved, loved, loved the part of the book where you made mention of "till dick do us part". I have never laughed so hard in my life! This is only one of the hysterical lines you wrote. You are an awesome woman and I hope to read many books written by you in the future. I know you will be a huge hit with this book and anything you publish in the future.
My sister just returned the book to me and I'm going to pass it on to a co-worker who was also married to a gay man!
Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to many more great articles and books in the future!
A MUST READ!
Can't Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love
Earlier this month I came across your book online. I immediately ordered it and started reading. There were multiple pages I would reread over and over again, because the same exact thoughts had crossed my mind, and I found comfort in that. For the first time I found someone I could relate too. I mean, I talked to a handful of my friends, but I knew they never really 100% understood what I was going through and why his friendship meant so much to me. It made me feel a lot better knowing I wasn't the only one. After reading about your journey, it gave me hope that I can pull through this. It made me realize that life, happiness, and a friendship with him were all possibilities again.