4 out of 4 stars
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'SPLITTING UP without falling to pieces' by Jan Kaa Kristensen is an engaging book that can be looked upon as a handy manual to divorced parents who are looking forward to making good choices not only for themselves but also for their children, post splitting up. The book is not about good divorces but is all about taking care of the children in a situation like that and getting along well with the co-parent. One gets to read a lot about divorce and this book is a good tool to make readers understand they need not fall apart during a divorce, and though some might look at divorce as being liberating and natural, there are many others who do not look at it the same way. The book focuses on taking the focus away from the divorce and the fictional stories shared in the book are stories that have inspired the author in one way or the other and they will also inspire the readers. The author begins every chapter by giving central ideas in them and concludes them with questions to ask yourself. The theme in each chapter also has a story of Rosa and Allan, Katja and Kasper, and other couple stories to go with it which makes it easy for the readers to connect with what the author is trying to convey to them.
I enjoyed the book mainly for the reason the tips and suggestions in the book are simple and can be incorporated easily to bring in positive changes once divorce happens. The author deals with the topic methodically and organically and that makes it easy for the readers to decipher her words and switch to the chapter which has the topic they are looking for to guide them. Reading this book is useful to make a good framework for all those readers looking to make one but do not know how to go about it. The stories shared will help readers comprehend what could happen in their lives during and after a divorce.
What I felt lacking in the book was that it offered nothing new or different to the reader when it came to speaking about the topic of divorce and picking up the pieces of life after that. He speaks about everything that is commonly found in most of the other books dealing with divorce and most importantly the aftermath. Though the subject has been covered extensively readers can get what is discussed in the book from any other book that deals with the topic of coping after a divorce.
Though the book has nothing new to offer, I am still giving it 4 out of 4 stars because the author has tackled the subject with both finesse and expertise, and it has been formatted and laid out well for the readers to understand it easily. He has dealt with it in a way that makes it interesting and is not too preachy when it comes to giving suggestions for the readers. It is easy to go through the contents and apply them to their lives if required.
SPLITTING UP without falling to pieces
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