I do not read too many books online but I try to read a couple of pages a day (while enjoying mangoes and ice apples) before I shift to the half-read hardcopies lying on my bedside table (when both my hands are clean). There are books downloaded onto my laptop for 3 years now. Planning to finally read them soon, too.
Now about this book, the cover did not have anything to do with attracting me to the book. What made me want to read this book was the fact that Deepika Padukone said, ‘I hope this book will help you live, love and laugh again.’ I was curious. How can a book do that?
It is a self-help book so the title is what you get.
The English language was simple and easy to understand. The author expects you to concentrate on your broken heart rather than a dictionary here!
When I decided to read the book, I was just curious about its contents. But, when I got through the first few pages, I remembered the ache inside me when my dad passed away (a week before my 12th birthday). I remembered the friends and loved ones who broke my heart (back when it was vulnerable). I remembered the pain we went through when we suddenly lost a friend and realized we should never take life for granted. I remembered a friend who had a heart attack a month after his mom passed away.
The author allows you to understand your feelings deep down inside. He asks questions and makes a general assessment for you. If you have severe heartache, it is better to go to a practising therapist. For more details on this, you can visit The Live Love Laugh Foundation by Deepika Padukone located in Indiranagar, Bangalore.
I chose to elaborately review this book because I found it to be a really helpful one. It helps to assess your feelings and informs you about how your heartbreak can affect your mind as well as your body.
Having a heartache is compared to withdrawal symptoms of a drug addict who has just withdrawn/is withdrawing from drugs. Being in love is directly compared to sniffing cocaine. Hahaha! Funny but true!
It helps us understand how heartache weakens our immune system and makes us susceptible to infections.
It also says that heartbreak is sometimes the cause of heart attacks.
I love these words, ‘You never forget the first time you fell in love. You never forget the first time your heart was broken.’ Honestly, I believe both statements.
The book also mentions how our adult relationships depend on our childhood attachments.
It elaborately explains the stages of heartbreak and the various emotions one goes through because of it. It also mentions how men and women handle heartaches differently.
I learnt why one of the most romantic lines, ‘You complete me’ is, in reality, just a misconception.
The best thing was that if you have minimal heartache, the author shows you how to go about helping and healing yourself.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT
I did not find any areas for improvement but I wished I could read this book in a hardcopy format.
Despite having heartaches only in the past, I believe this book could have helped me understand my emotions better. I think that in certain situations, instead of blaming myself, I could have known about denial, regret and fear when a loved one is lost. I consider this book a ray of hope for those contemplating suicide due to break-ups.
So, I would recommend this book to those going through any kind of heartache.
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