Thursday, January 16, 2014

Review: The Longest Date by Cindy Chupack

The Longest Date by Cindy Chupack

Publisher: Viking
Pages: 224
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Cindy Chupack has spent much of her adult life writing about dating and relationships for several hit TV series and as a sex columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine. At the age of thirty-nine, she finally found The One—and a wealth of new material.

Marriage, Cindy discovered, was more of an adventure than she ever imagined, and in this collection of essays she deftly examines the comedy and cringe-worthy aspects of matrimony. Soulful yet self-deprecating,The Longest Date recounts her first marriage (he was gay) and the meeting of Husband No. 2, Ian.

After the courtship and ceremony, both Cindy and Ian realized that happily ever after takes some practice, and near constant negotiation over everyday matters like cooking, sex, holidays, monogamy, and houseguests. The Longest Date takes a serious turn when it comes to infertility.

Kritters Thoughts:  My first introduction to Cindy Chupack.  I was completely unaware of her history, both personal and professional, when I was pitched this book and just was excited about this book due to the title.  She has written for fantastic comedy shows and this isn't her first foray in books, but this book was perfect for me to read at this time.

I am over the year mark of marriage, so I guess the "newlywed" phase is over, so as her book suggests that marriage is one big long date that vows are to be renewed every year to make sure each party is contractually obligated for the next year I loved her comedic take on marriage that was still uplifting and not bahumbug!  Even though her and her husband endured quite a few hurdles in their marriage, she kept saying that having a person along for the ride called life was better than trying to go it alone.  

I loved this book and thought it would be a perfect gift to couples as they exit the newylwed phase and enter the in it for the long term phase!  I found it to be honest and encouraging which is hard to find in marriage books these days!

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

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Penguin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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