Synopsis: Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea returns home from a business trip to find Alex, her boyfriend of fourteen years, nervously waiting for her. Assuming he’s finally going to propose, Andrea’s instead horrified to learn he’s been cheating on her and is leaving to be with the other woman, who he calls Andrea’s opposite.
At first Andrea’s paralyzed by shock and sadness, but the business analyst soon forms a plan: change every last detail of her life and become her opposite so Alex will come back to her.
It’s a challenge at first, but soon Andrea’s loving the changes she’s making, the new activities she’s doing, and the new people in her life. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into the wonderful new life she’s creating for herself?
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Andrea comes home from a conference excited about her upcoming engagement only to be told by her boyfriend that he does not want to marry her nor be with her at all. Andrea is shocked and experiences a whole array of emotions, from denial, anger, bargaining (if I do this, then he will come back), depression, then acceptance. If Elizabeth Kubler-Ross were to have heard about Andrea’s story she would have said: “the most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” How true this is!
Okay, so Andrea is not a real person, nor is she someone dealing with the death of a loved one, but in this fictional story she experiences the death of a dream to be married to her life long boyfriend and would have been quite content being everything he wants her to be. It is not until she is alone that she gets to know herself and discover her strengths and beauty, which she has neglected. By being true to herself and embracing her passions and dreams, Andrea learns who she is in the midst of this trying time.
Throughout the book, I found myself getting irritated with Andrea as she tried to do everything in reverse in hopes of winning Alex back and really did not like Alex at all. I couldn’t understand how an educated woman could be so needy and unsure of who she is….however, that is the beauty of this book. It will bring out emotions in the reader and challenge the reader to ask, “Am I following my own passions and dreams? Am I being true to myself?”.
I liked how Heather Wardell challenged me to think beyond the storyline, created characters and situations that stirred anger and brought joy. In the end, Andrea certainly finds what and who fits best in her life as the reader cheers her on.
Be aware, this is a chick-lit book. It’s not meant to be spiritual or a deep thinking book. I love that this book does not scream sex or is too fluffy. I also love how Heather Wardell brings everything together, especially since there is such a large cast of characters and quite a lot going on in the book. Lastly, in honor of Andrea, I think I will go and paint my nails teal!!
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