4 out of 4 stars
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I don't know why I chose to read a book on divorce. However, I can't say I regret it.
Stupid Divorce by Vincent Fudge II is a non-fiction book that centres around helping readers navigate through the divorce process. The book is based on the true life story of the author, with the names of the actual individuals changed.
From the beginning, we are made aware of the writer's intent to document his navigation through the dissolution of his marriage, how it felt to undo his marriage and the lessons learnt throughout the process. The writer starts off by introducing himself as "Edward", and his ex-wife as "Ebony". He then progresses further into the book by discussing their draining and abusive marriage, the negative effects of their marriage on each other, the steps they had taken to fix their marriage, mistakes they had made in trying to fix their marriage, how both parties had reacted to the divorce process, and the aftermath of the divorce on both "Edward", "Ebony", and their two children. As Vincent discusses his journey through it all, he delves into more detailed, out-of-the-box topics that give more depth to the book. Topics such as explaining the different types of scenarios that usually serve as a base or reason for divorce by either party in any divorce scene, the negative effects of divorce on the partners, both financially and emotionally, valuable tips and advice for people nursing thoughts of divorce and for people already in the process of dissolving their marriage, the legal terms involved and detailed information on the legal processes of dissolving a marriage (although this may vary by country), and even the process of dividing the properties and gaining child custody... especially if the parties cannot reach a mutual agreement on the matter. In all, Stupid Divorce is a highly educative, informative and eye-opening book, especially for individuals that have little to no knowledge of the concept of divorce.
Although not my usual kind of book, Vincent was able to keep me interested till the end.The manner in which the subject matter was discussed, explained and well-delivered, made it easy for me to understand, despite my limited knowledge on the concept of dismantling a marriage. I like how the writer was able to give us a glimpse into the real-life messy divorce that gave birth to the book. In the book, Vincent conveyed true emotions, making the words feel more relatable and less mechanical...like something copied off the internet or a textbook. Each glimpse into "Edward's" life served as icing on the cake and although I've never been divorced, married, or engaged, the writer through "Edward" was able to make the book and information in it as relatable as possible. I never for once felt like an outsider while perusing through the contents of the book. Vincent was able to draw me in, even when I had zero knowledge or interest in the subject matter.
I also found the book educative. In describing the process of dissolving a marital estate, Vincent explained certain legal terms and processes that were foreign to me. As an aspiring law student, I was exposed to new knowledge relevant to my future area of study. I found the extra knowledge helpful and the explanations made it easy for me to flow with the writer's words, sparing me the hassle of constantly checking Google for the definitions of these words.
It was hard to hate or dislike anything about this book. It was well-written, it had few noticeable grammatical errors, and seemed to be professionally edited. To that effect, I give this book 4 out of 4 stars .
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