Bethenny Frankel, five-time New York Times bestselling author, self-made businesswoman, and media maven, shares her ten rules for relationship success and takes us on an empowering journey to learn how to say yes to love.
From running her Skinnygirl business to being a mom and a TV star, Bethenny Frankel appears to have it all. But when it comes to relationships, she is the first to admit that she has failed—a lot. In fact, Bethenny has made every mistake, from calling when she shouldn’t have to misreading signals to staying with a guy for all the wrong reasons. In working through the mistakes, she has gained insight and wisdom about what matters most.
Filled with personal stories and the no-nonsense advice she’s known for, New York Times bestseller I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To is the next step on Bethenny’s A Place of Yes journey. She offers an unflinching but ultimately hopeful look at what it takes to find real love including tips on dating, how to trust your gut, avoiding self-sabotage, and much more.
It’s easy to give up on romance, to expect the worst, and to doubt yourself, but you shouldn’t be satisfied with a relationship that is mediocre—your relationship can and should be incredible. Using Bethenny’s “A Place of Yes” attitude, you too can find love and a relationship that is more successful, fulfilling, and happier than ever before.
Frankel (Skinny Girl Solutions), a reality television personality and creator of the Skinnygirl brand, offers a comprehensive and candid guide on dating and relationships. Now in her 40s, Frankel reflects on her previous relationships and marriages, immediately confessing she's a "disaster" in her own love life. While Frankel begins by noting her advice does not exclude same-sex couples, the book which follows is unmistakably heteronormative (not to mention insulting in its characterization of men as sex-obsessed simpletons.) It's salvaged by generous, even-handed, and insightful interjections from Frankel's therapist, Xavier Amador, who doesn't hesitate to contradict her more biased statements. For her part, Frankel offers insights gleaned from her self-investigation that should ring true for anyone: don't lose yourself, listen to relationship signs and how your body responds to them, and ensure control of the relationship remains 50-50. She employs many lists defining (and limiting) male and female behavior, all of which are easy to read and can be entertaining when not offensive. It is undeniable that Frankel has good advice to offer on relationships, though her book, which promises to apply to all individuals, will likely only appeal to her existing fan base and a limited subset of American women.
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She is the last person I would take advice from. What a loser.