The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Narrator: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
Date Read: 2010
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
For any woman who has ever bought a self-help book and wondered why she bothered. (P.S. Now that I know he's just not that into me, where do I go from there? Yeah, thanks for that advice.) Jennifer Love Hewitt is a self-proclaimed "love-aholic" and hopeless romantic (her middle name is Love, after all!). She has been lucky and unlucky in love, and lived to tell--and she's done it all in the spotlight. Much has been written about her love life--some true, most made up to sell magazines. Now Hewitt shares the real story of what she's learned navigating the dangerous dating waters. In The Day I Shot Cupid, Hewitt offers her hard-won wisdom and tells us how to embrace love with both feet on the ground. First, we have to shoot Cupid. We have to believe that happily-ever-after is hard work--it's not all flowers and symphonies and floating hearts. Wise and wry and refreshingly honest, Hewitt talks about how to pick the right guy and how to know when to let the wrong ones go free, and she offers some surprising truths about the opposite sex. From twenty things to do after a breakup, to ten things to do before a date, to the perils of text flirting (Note: You are waiting. By the phone. For his response.), Hewitt uses stories and dating secrets to illustrate the idiotic, romantic, crazy, depressing, hilarious, awkward, glorious moments we all experience in relationships. Funny, quirky, and empowering, The Day I Shot Cupid deserves a place on every woman's nightstand, bookshelf, or coffee table, or tucked inside her oversized designer handbag
Review: I am not sure really how to review this book. If it was marketed as her “How I got over my recent engagement and got a dating manifesto”, I could have probably gotten it more. I think JLH is sweet and charming. Those personality traits come across in several sections of the book but it seems to me she wrote this book for her exes and/or her girlfriends to read. She is never mean to them but it does give a bit of that look where I am now vibe. It is kind of like “The Rules” in simpler terms and some of the examples she uses are extreme (maybe not in her world but the world in general). As far people complaining about how a constant dater is writing the book, that I have less of a problem with. In fact, this to me is where the book seems genuine. You can only know the trenches if you are still there. Most people I know get the “dating wasn’t so bad” glasses once they are out of the dating pool. The book itself is quirky, funny,a bit uneven at time, and a quick read. The part I disliked the most was the Jamie Kennedy section and that probably was colored by their dating history. I am just not sure the book was marketed correctly so my rating is based on “is it a good self-help book for daters”. So I ranked it 2 for the genre it was marketed too and probably a 3.5 if you pick it up for a fun read.
Author Website: http://www.jenniferlovehewittonline.com/