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It’s Hard Not to Hate You
By Valerie Frankel
From the author of THIN IS THE NEW HAPPY comes a hilarious new memoir about embracing your Inner Hater. In the midst of a health and career crisis, Valerie uncorks years of pent up rage, and discovers you don't have to be happy to be happy. You don’t have to love everyone else to like yourself. And that your Bitchy Twin might just be your funniest, most valuable and honest ally.
I fell in love with the memoir, It’s Hard Not to Hate You, by description and cover alone. And then when I got into the very first few pages and I realized it begins with the trauma of bitchy friends in junior high, well, author Valerie Frankel won me over.
I give her a ton of credit for being so brave to write this book. It’s kind about letting go of the hate WE ALL HAVE INSIDE but in a different way. Expulsing yourself from all the hate from within. But with humor that will have you busting out laughing because you sooo know these types of people. You’ll be laughing like crazy and saying, “YES! That’s so true!”
In the book, Valerie was advised by a doctor to reduce stress. To do so, she discovered that the hate had to come out. She goes on a mission of “emotional honesty, vowing to let herself feel and express all the toxic emotions she’d long suppressed or denied: jealousy, rage, greed, envy, impatience, regret.”
In her personal History of Hate, Valerie covers everything from mean girls in junior high, selfish boyfriends in her twenties and old professional rivals. In her current life, she deals with things many of us combat daily: snobby neighbors, rude cell phone talkers, scary doctors and helicopter moms (ugh, my favorites). You’ll have to read It’s Hard Not to Hate You to see if you’re as brave as Valerie is when it comes to confronting these spiteful people in your own life!
She even counts the ways she hates her husband in the book, but fortunately, there are only three!
In the end, Frankel discovers that her trip down Hate Lane proved to be an authentic emotional experience for her and there are “no wrong emotions, only wrong ways of dealing with them.”
To enter to win Valerie Frankel’s It’s Hard Not To Hate You, share with me one or two things you really, really hate. Here are a couple of things I really hate:
When people write: NOM NOM when they are saying something tastes good instead of like yum yum or yummy.
When people in the grocery line are talking on the cell phone instead of being polite to the person checking them out. HOW RUDE IS THAT? Get off your effing cell phone and say hello to the person checking you out! Ask them how their day is! They are doing you a service for crying out loud!
Also, I haven’t gotten to the part of the book where Valerie reveals the three hates about her husband but I’ll tell you one of mine: I hate when my husband walks around the kitchen without his shirt on. GROSS!
Two more books up for grabs this week if my internet doesn't die on me again!:
Lisa Tucker’s The Winter’s In Bloom
Karyn Bosnak’s What’s Your Number
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