I decided that this year I wanted to read more non-fiction books, especially those centered around mental health. So far, I published just one book review in this genre. While the intention is there, the sheer entertainment value of a fictional story can make it hard to reach for anything else. But, like they say, where there’s a will there’s a way.
Reader, I Married Me* by Sophie Tanner introduces us to Chloe Tanner as she breaks up with the love of her life. When the pressure mounts on her to find somebody else before she is left on the shelf forever, Chloe has a messy night with some gin and vows to marry herself – publicly on her blog. This is the start of a bumpy but enlightening journey for Chloe.
I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Why? Because it was full of positivity and self-love. We like to think of ourselves as a modern generation but in many ways, we still carry some of those same 1950’s values we also like to frown upon. The pressure on women to settle down is still very much rife in today’s society. We much of our lives answering the following questions: “When are you going to find a boyfriend?” “When are you going to move in with your boyfriend?” When are you getting engaged?” “When are you getting married?” When are you having a baby?” “When are you having the next baby?” Find me a man who has gotten judged as harshly. If a woman doesn’t get married and/or doesn’t have a child, they are considered to have failed.
With Chloe, the author shows us that it is perfectly fine to be on our own and be happy. In fact, she largely emphasizes the importance of being able to be on your own and be content with yourself. Self-love is something we should all embrace and strive towards, for it is true that it is only when we love ourselves can we truly love another.
The story presented in this book is very modern. Besides Chloe’s decision to marry herself we are also brought into the world of today’s online marketing agencies and those who make a living by posting their lives online. At the same time, it also captures the more negative and, for want of a better world, old-fashioned opinions of today. Chloe is lucky to have some really close friends who encourage her self-love journey, but she also has to deal with people who don’t support an unconventional lifestyle. This provides a realistic balance to the story.
Overall, Reader, I Married Me is a feel-good piece of work. It is full of humor and there are some good pieces of advice woven into the storyline. This book made me smile countless times and I’m sure will do the same for you.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.