Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Book review: The Breakup Doctor - Phoebe Fox


Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help you shape up after you breakup.

But when her own relationship suddenly crumbles, Brook finds herself engaging in almost every bad-breakup behavior she preaches against. And worse, she starts a rebound relationship with the most inappropriate of men: a dangerously sexy bartender with anger-management issues—who also happens to be a former patient.

As her increasingly out-of-control behavior lands her at rock-bottom, Brook realizes you can’t always handle a messy breakup neatly—and that sometimes you can’t pull yourself together until you let yourself fall apart.

My opinion.
As far as first impression go, this was a fabulous one: both title and cover (even the author's name) got me excited at first glance.
We've all read those "love, relationships & sex" features in "women's magazines" where a "pro" answered the readers questions. But those are nothing compared to relationship.. or breakup expert Brook Ogden. She is so genuinely concerned for her patients, even at times when they don't deserve her patience and empathy. She always puts their needs first. Until she actually ends up hiding behind her professional facade. Is it really possible to be thát cool after a breakup? Or is she an emotional time bomb, waiting to explode?
I really liked the main characters in The Breakup Doctor. Brook handles everything in her own personal life completely different than I would. But because Phoebe Fox didn't rush into the story and really took her time to get to know Brook - and give us readers the chance to do so too - she felt like a dear friend you couldn't help but want to support through it all. And then there's Sacha, the best friend any girl or woman could wish for.
Brook is 'the Breakup Doctor'. But she's also a daughter, a sister, a friend and a lover. Phoebe Fox included all of these elements into the story and it's what makes it such a great one.


About the author. Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications; a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

Find Phoebe on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and her website

Thank you so much, Phoebe,
for the opportunity
to read and review
The Breakup Doctor.
I really enjoyed reading it
and I can't wait to read more!


  1. Great review for a great book! Much thanks!! And congrats Phoebe Fox!
    Alexa T.
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    Henery Press

    1. Thank you Alexa, and thank you for stopping by & commenting!

      x Mary