Real Chick Lit: The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure

Sooner or later, everybody falls in love. When it’s good, it’s freaking amazing: birds sing, the sun shines, your Mom doesn’t annoy you so much and your checks are perpetually rosy, When it doesn’t work out, however, it burns like the fiery pits of hell. All that was good with the world has been obliterated – along with your self-esteem. And the way you’ll likely add insult to injury be inflicting even more torture upon yourself – well, that’s not so pretty either. Either you can’t eat or you’re eating pint after pint of Ben & Jerry’s, you’re sleeping all day or not sleeping at all or you’ve either abandoned all personal grooming habits or, in a particularly “screw-it” moment, went and got a majorly unflattering short haircut [Or a totally flattering one! — Editor] or tattoo. As a post-dumpage Lloyd Dobler was labeled by his buddies outside the Gas ‘n Sip in “Say Anything”, you’re null and void. If you need some strong medicine (other than a vodka and Cherry Garcia float) to mend that broken heart, Catherine Hickland’s “The 30 Day Heartbreak Cure: Getting Over Him and Back Out There One Month From Today”, out in December, might be your cure. Hickland, who plays Lindsay on “One Life to Live”, knows a thing or two about heartbreak. Though her soap alter ego’s usually the one stirring up relationship drama and heartache, in her personal life, she’s mostly been on the receiving end. The advice in her book was inspired not only by all she’s experienced on daytime dramas, but also by her own trial-and-error efforts to swiftly and productively get over jerks who did her wrong. Once she figured out the perfect formula, she wrote it all down to help other heartbroken sisters heal.

Though you may be skeptical that a soap star can actually dish out real-life breakup-endurance advice, Hickland’s 30-day heal-thyself program is actually really substantive, and, believe it or not, good. Sure, it’s a little touchy-feely, but if what you’re seeking is some chicken soup for your heartbroken soul – the kind Mom or a sweet pal would dish out, you’ll love Hickland’s counsel. Essentially, the book offers doses of practical solutions that will likely preserve your dignity and health, not to mention your criminal record. Building gradually from the numb, hideous grief of Day #1 to the celebratory freedom of Day #30, it offers you the ability to be an active participant in your own healing; to take back control of your emotions and, ultimately, your life. Examples of her one-day-at-a-time steps include “Cry Yourself a River” (which is followed a couple of days later with “Your Last Day of Crying and Your Rules About Him”), “Shattering Illusions” and “It’s Not What You’re Eating, It’s What’s Eating You”. Once you’ve reached Graduation Day (#30), you’ve likely put away the Kleenex, taken a shower and put the past behind you with the intent of beginning to move forward in your “without him” life.

My advice: if you’ve been done wrong in the love department, put down the bag of Doritos and pick up Hickland’s book. Heck, you’ve got nothing to lose – except all of those empty calories.