30 Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook by Clea Hantman

When I was in my teens, I got a book by Susie Shellenberger about dating for my birthday. It had exercises and things to fill out and was fairly informative. I liked parts of it, and learned some things, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the book was a little bit . . . dorky. (I tried to find it on Amazon, but none of the titles sound right.)

What I like best about 30 Days to Getting Over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend is how not dorky it is. It takes teen girls through a breakup by going through the stages of grief, each stage for about six days or so. Each day has a little project, things that range from a boyfriend box (Gilmore Girls is actually mentioned, yay!) to yoga, from listing people you admire and their qualities to finding your passions, from rearranging your room to volunteer work. Some of the projects are a little ambitious for a day (volunteer work, for one), but many of them could be completed quickly and are good ways for girls to focus on their own positive qualities and strengths. Each day also has a song (by the end of the book, I was wishing a CD had come with the book so I could hear all these songs), and there’s a great list of songs, books, and movies about relationships at the end. It’s a positive, humorous book about working through a breakup that would be perfect for a high school student. My advice? If you give it to a friend, you should definitely get the songs that it mentions and burn a CD to go with it. (And then send me a copy.)

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