The Break-Up Diet: A Memoir
Annette Fix always believed in happily ever after and was busy working her Five-Year Plan: marry her golf-pro boyfriend, homeschool her preteen son, become a famous writer, and retire to Fiji. When her live-in boyfriend calls it quits, Annette finds herself on The Break-Up Diet, consuming vast amounts of chocolate and exercising by diving blindly into the shallow end of the dating pool.
Working as an exotic dancer to bankroll her aspiring writing career and support her son alone, Annette uses her blue-collar instinct to survive in the plastic jungle of The OC.
Annette’s adventures take her on a wild ride as she attempts find the perfect balance between her dreams and her day-to-day life as Supermom.
“The Break-Up Diet is delicious. Heartbreaking and humorous…any woman can relate.” ~ Jill Soloway, author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants, and writer for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy
“In this delectable memoir, Annette Fix serves up a fresh, funny, honest, and insightful dish of sex and the single mom.” ~ Colleen Sell, Editor, A Cup of Comfort series
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After getting thrown from the happily-ever-after horse, Annette began keeping a diary, trying to get her emotional angst sorted and properly logged like a good OCD girl. The idea for turning her writings into a book was a suggestion from one of her friends.
Choosing the title was easy. Annette was obviously on The Break-Up Diet. What other diet would allow her to eat jar after jar of hot fudge topping, consume vast amounts of chocolate in any and all forms, and actually lose weight?
When she began chronicling her adventures, Annette wasn’t sure where or how it would end. She hoped it wouldn’t become a 900-page collection of disastrous dating stories. Though, she could probably write that book too.
Annette wondered who would want to read a story about a 30-something single mother and aspiring writer who was working as a topless dancer, searching for Prince Charming, and trying to balance her dreams and her day-to-day life as Supermom. Yes, it was her life, but was it interesting enough?
The book could possibly find an audience with mainstream women readers, but Annette wanted to make sure they knew it wasn’t fiction. Real life is always more absurd and more magical.
Annette dedicates The Break-Up Diet to the broken-hearted, the hopeless romantics, the seekers of princes, the believers in happily-ever-after, and the queens of their own castle, so they can laugh and cry and nod their heads in unison, saying—”I’ve been there and she’s telling my story.”
She hopes readers like her book, and admits she feels weird talking about herself in third person.