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30 Days to Getting over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend: A Heartbreak Handbook    by Clea Hantman order for
30 Days to Getting over the Dork You Used to Call Your Boyfriend
by Clea Hantman
Order:  USA  Can
Delacorte, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

This step-by-step program will get the dork who used to be your boyfriend out of your life and your thoughts. Clea Hantman uses the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance to help readers. She breaks the stages down into the steps needed to deal with feelings, but allows only 30 days to heal. Day by day exercises (with a suggested song) are used to pull through every stage. The song for day one is Ex-Girlfriend.

Anger management begins on day seven. Your mission that day is to write down the dork's name on a piece of masking tape along with something he said or did that made your skin crawl. Then stick the tape to the sole of your shoe and stomp on it as you go through your day. The song of the day is Maps. Day ten suggests yoga poses. Yoga is calming and the stretches are good for your body. Lastly, use a hula hoop to get moving.

The bargaining stage suggests that you stop replaying your time with the dork. Self pity is a dangerous thing. The mission for day fourteen is writing down what love means to you. Song for the day? Macy Gray's It's Love.

If misery loves company, you'll find a list of famous people who've been dumped (and their famous dumpers). Also listed are Movies about Being Dumped, More Breakup Songs, and Books About the Ups and Downs and In-Betweens of Relationships. You can only be better off after following Hantman's plan for thirty days. You'll have some fun, learn things about yourself, and be ready to move on and find the guy who really deserves you.

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