“The Seven Steps to Closure” Man Crush Monday

The Seven Steps to Closure Man Crush Monday and Book Review

Title: The Seven Steps to Closure

Author: Donna Joy Usher

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 410

Published: By Lush Publications on May 12, 2012

I downloaded this book, “The Seven Steps to Closure” months and month ago when it came up for free on BookBub (love that website and their daily emails!). I finally got around to reading it and I LOVED it! Surprisingly enough, I think I’m going to give it five stars!

Main character Tara just turned thirty and is STILL not over her divorce from ex-husband, Jake. It doesn’t help that she still has to see and hear about Jake, as he is engaged to her cousin and running for Lord Mayer. One of Tara’s friends read a Cosmo article about the Seven Steps to Closure. The steps are:

1.  Get a new haircut

2. Get a new wardrobe

3. Start a new hobby

4. Have meaningless sex

5. Travel to an exotic destination

6. Have meaningful sex

7. Obtain closure

Tara decides to take the challenge! The book is very fun right from the beginning, but I feel like it really gets interesting once Tara moves onto step number 5. Tara decides to let the universe decide where she goes by throwing darts at a map and ends up going to India! I loved that she was going somewhere more “gritty” than most chick lit novels (I’ve read a lot lately with girls going to Caribbean islands). While in India, she re-connects with “meaningless sex” guy and he asks her to come along on his trip.

MAN CRUSH MONDAY: I loved the love interest, Matt, in this story. He was so incredibly sweet to Tara, always looking out for her. He didn’t mind that she had some meat on her bones and had a big appetite. He liked her even when she was very REAL around him (read more about that in the next paragraph!). He ends up being something of a hero when disaster struck in India, risking his life for others. I also think there’s something attractive about a journalist- a man who can write well and will do anything to chase the perfect story! I don’t always love chick lit men, but Matt was good through and through and also, HOT! Their relationship reminded me a little bit of my husband and me.

I loved reading about all the places they went in India. I felt like I got a good idea of the culture. They were even in the same town as where a bombing occurred. Tara’s reaction was very fitting and although it was a chick lit, the situation wasn’t taken lightly and it showed some of the realism of the world. Throughout the book, funny, unlucky situations keep happening to Tara and India is no exception. She has to give up her shoes to go into a Temple and gets the wrong shoes back. By far, the luckiest and most realistic situation was when Tara gets “Delhi belly” and is terribly sick in the bathroom. She’s so embarrassed because Matt can hear- and possibly smell- her outside the bathroom door! This just added to the cuteness and realness of their relationship.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blend of chick lit, humor, realism, and romance. I would highly recommend this book!

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Man Crush Monday – Arin

the winner's curse


Marie Rutkoski’s novel, The Winner’s Curse, kicked my butt with ALL THE FEELS!


I both loved and hated this week’s Man Crush Monday, Arin.


Purchased as a slave by the general’s daughter, Arin is actually a spying revolutionary determined to overthrow the invading government that took over his country and enslaved his people. Too bad he ends up falling in love with his owner. Betrayal and heartbreak ensue, and I was taken on an emotional roller coaster of love and hate. Ugh! So many feels!


Arin possesses many good qualities one looks for in a swoon-worthy character: good looks, brilliance, sarcasm, and musical talent. That being said, I kept calling him an idiot in the last half of the book!


I suppose he did the best he could with the hand he had been dealt. He treated Kestrel well, and did his best to become a good leader. I just wish he hadn’t stomped all over Kestrel’s heart in the process. (Sorry to be so vague, but SPOILERS!)


And just when I thought things might get better, there was THAT ENDING. Gaaahhh!


I don’t know what’s in store for Kestrel and Arin, but I DO know this, Arin makes one hell of a Man Crush Monday!

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Man Crush Monday – Day



Y’all, I just recently read Marie Lu’s Legend, and I am in LOVE!


Oh, Day!


He’s handsome. He’s smart. He’s brave. He’s thoughtful. Everything a book boyfriend SHOULD be!


Yes, he’s a criminal, but could you BLAME him?


The corrupt militaristic government is appalling! Sending ten year old kids to be tested for potential, and then shipping off “failures” to “labor camps,” where they actually become lab rats in sick government experiments before they’re ultimately killed?! WHAT THE EVEN HECK?!


Thank BOB Day survived!


And it’s that same scrappiness and courage that makes him such an irresistible character. That and his compassion. He’s like a dystopian Robin Hood, stealing from the government and giving to those in the plague-infested slums. Despite being legendary, he continues to help his family, and he even “adopts” a little girl off of the streets who couldn’t survive on her own.


I can’t get enough of this hero.


Even after going through so much (unspeakably horrible things), he continues to fight for what’s right. I’ve got to admit, I’m a little bit in love with Day, making him this week’s ManCrushMonday!


What book boyfriend is YOUR ManCrushMonday?


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A Different Kind of Man Crush Monday- Unbroken

A Different Kind of Man Crush Monday- Unbroken

I’m writing a different kind of Man Crush Monday today. Not so much a crush, as a real life person I admire and inspire to be like! Today, I will be reviewing the story of Louis Zamperini’s life, star of the novel and now, movie, Unbroken. If you don’t know anything about Unbroken, Louis was an Olympic athlete who joined the Air Force. While in the Air Force, his plan went down. He and two other men were stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean for over 40 days, using remarkable ingenuity and wits to survive. Louis and his friend were then captured by the Japanese and taken to a POW (prisoner of war) camp, where they faced inhumane conditions, including tiny rations of food, brutal beatings, illness, and back-breaking work. Louis came through the experience with extreme PTSD until he attended a Billy Graham crusade, where he dedicated his life to God. Louis came to forgive his captors and even attempted to meet the most brutal one in person to offer his forgiveness. A truly amazing and inspiring story!

Review of the book Unbroken

I watched the movie Unbroken before reading the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The book is wonderful and inspirational. It’s hard to write a typical review because it is someone’s true, life story. Hillenbrand is a good author. This is the first book I’ve read by her. The woman does her research! There are tons of sources in here and lots of background information about the time and places. 

Louie himself is full of endurance. I read the book after seeing the movie. I was disappointed that in the movie I didn’t know what was going on in Louie’s head and that’s part of the reason I wanted to read the book. We do get more information about Louie’s thoughts, but still not as much as I would have liked. I wondered what inside of him allowed him to endure through the hardships without breaking. I guess the human spirit isn’t always easily definable. 

I was surprised at how much of the book was the raft and POW camp. I expected to hear more about his life afterwards, but I understand why they focused on the more dramatic parts. The POW camp was painful to read about, but I was amazed at their ingenuity with the raft. That was probably the most fascinating part of the story to me. Of course, I loved reading how Louie’s life changed after he devoted his life to God. Truly an inspiring story. It’s amazing what the human spirit can endure and how it can recover. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

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Atlantia Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday!

This week’s Man Crush Monday is True from Atlantia by Ally Condie! Read the full review- including swoon-worthy details on True!- below.

Review of Atlantia

Hmmmm… What did I think of this one? I read it all in the span of a few hours one night so I could pass it along to my sister for book club. Reading it all in one sitting, I never lost interest. The plot got a little slow in the middle, but nothing major. 

This story is about Rio, a girl who lives in the underwater world of Atlantia, but who has always longed to move above. After the death of their mother, Rio’s twin sister, Bay, begs her to stay below at the choosing ceremony and she obliges. However, Bay chooses to go above, leaving her sister no explanation. Discovering why Bay left was interesting to me and I wanted to know why. 

Rio begins planning an escape to go above and find out why her sister left, but more secrets and mysteries become uncovered. 

I liked Rio okay and liked her love interest, True, a lot. True wants to protect Rio and he cares for her. However, he isn’t overbearing about it. He still allows her to make her own mistakes even when he doesn’t agree with them. True is also really intelligent and talented at working with metal. He, too, has a secret. He’s smart enough not to reveal it until the perfect moment, though! It’s somewhat rare that I actually like a YA love interest recently, but I loved True!

Maire, Rio’s powerful siren aunt, was certainly the most fascinating character. You and Rio don’t know whether or not you can trust her nearly the whole story. Characterization overall wasn’t a strong point in this story, though. 

The world of Atlantia was interesting, although there did seem to be some unanswered questions about it. Why did people live longer down below? Where did their air come from? I wasn’t sure until the very end of the story if the book was meant to take place in our world and at what time period it was taking place. 

The religious aspect of it was very different. I haven’t decided what I think of it. It also seemed to leave unanswered questions about whether or not the religion was true, but in the end, it didn’t matter too much. It’s very different to have a YA book with such a focus on gods, worship, and miracles. 

The strongest part of the story was the plot, mysteries, and the premise. It has a unique basis, with the underwater world, the world above, and the sirens. I didn’t feel the “love story” was at all needed, but it didn’t detract too much from the main story. The plot and finding out what happened to Bay and her mother kept me reading and engaged in the story. 

3/5 stars. I would recommend it if someone were really into sirens or out of dystopian literature.

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