Book Review: Love Addict: Sex, Romance, and Other Dangerous Drugs by: Ethlie Ann Vare

Publisher: HCI
Publish Date: 1 September 2011
Origins: Netgalley
Rating: 1/5
Synopsis: Neuroscience now shows us--in living color, thanks to PET scans and MRI technology--that falling in love affects our brains precisely the same way as snorting cocaine. Award-winning author and screenwriter Ethlie Ann Vare already knew that; she's been addicted to both. She survived to tell the tale . . . with humor, honesty, and hope.

Just because something is addictive doesn't mean that you will get addicted to it. But . . . if your stomach ties up in knots while you count the seconds waiting for a phone call from that special someone . . . if you hear a loud buzzing in your ears when you see a certain person's car (or one just like it) . . . if your eyes burn when you hear a random love song or see a couple holding hands . . . if you suffer the twin agonies of craving for and withdrawing from a series of unrequited crushes or toxic relationships . . . if you always feel like you're clutching at someone's ankle and dragged across the floor as they try to leave the room . . . welcome to the club.

With a light touch and a sharp wit, Ethlie has enlisted some famous love junkies--including supermodel Amber Smith, movie star William McNamara, and comedienne Margaret Cho--and the top therapists and researchers in the field to help lead you from the dark of despair into the dawn of recovery.

Review: I had a hard time with this book. I tried very hard to read it but I found there was a lot about the author's life, I just got tired of hearing about some of the things she did. I can understand providing examples but I just got tired of it. The parts that weren't about her life I found very clinical and unhelpful. I won't admit on the internet to having a love addiction but...I just couldn't get into the book. If you are having problems, give it a try, can't hurt you right?


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