Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book Review: Happily Ever After Divorce by Jessica Bram

Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey by Jessica Bram

Published by HCI Books

Rating: 4 stars

This book is Jessica Bram's memoir about her life in the aftermath of divorce and its repercussions on the family and most of all herself. This book takes a complex and serious subject, and tries to look at it from a lighter and more positive point of view. Through the use of short chapters and vignettes, Bram lets readers inside her private life so that she can impart some of the wisdom she has gained over the years.

Although this book can be seen as a "self-help book" because there is some practical advice as well as lessons discussed, it feels more like an old friend discussing the tough times she has gone through and what she learned from it all. The book explores topics such as appreciating time spent alone, how to help children cope with the divorce, and my favorite (and funniest part of the book) - getting back onto the dating scene.

Some sections of the book were more serious and other more humorous, but the general feel of the book is towards the lighter side. Some of the chapters or sections did include some repetition and I think that had they been combined together into fewer, yet longer chapters, the reading experience could have been more enjoyable. I also would have liked for the chapters to have been in chronological order or at least grouped together better by topic.

Although the target audience for this book is those who have experienced or are currently going through a divorce (i.e. not me - I'm not even married yet...), there are certainly life lessons throughout its pages that can apply to anyone at any stage of life. Positive thinking and cherishing a sense of independence are examples of universal messages that can benefit anyone.

BIG THANKS to Sarah of Meryl L. Moss Media Relations, Inc. for my review copy.

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