Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Review: Shut Up & Dance by Jamie Rose

Book Cover:  At forty-five, Jamie Rose was an independent, take-charge woman whose career as an actor was going nicely, with frequent roles on hit television shows and in films.  Although she was ready to get married, her boyfriend wasn't.  His reason?  They fought too much - and unfortunately, he was right.  But something magical happened when she signed up for tango lessons, she began to understand that letting someone else take the lead from time to time wasn't giving up, but rather, letting go.   

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that combines two things that interest me, dancing and relationship advice.  As a dancer for most of my childhood and teen years, I love dancing more than most things.  I may admit to watching Dancing with the Stars and just wishing that I was a former star, so I could grace that stage with the costumes and dance combinations.  So when I heard about a book that uses dance as a platform to convey relationship advice, I was more than intrigued.

From the beginning, she had me hooked because I felt like she was talking about me - hard headed, stubborn and a woman who wants to find herself in control all of the time - yep that's me!  Thankful for my single years, which made me who I am, they may have also made me a little more self sufficient and needing of control.  Through her book, I realized that following the boy's "lead" doesn't mean I am giving up control, it just means we are moving together as a unit as we should be.

I would absolutely recommend this book to the ladies of my generation who had a time being single and may have become used to being in control of all the decisions of their lives.  We are a generation that didn't go straight from college to married life, but instead we are creating our own homes before we get into relationships - because of this we may not be the most accomodating to "someone" invading our homes and lives! 

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Pages:  240

July-Sept 2011 Challenge: Time for a Change

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