Book Review – The Girl Who Dated Herself by Susannah Shakespeare

Self love is something that we see promoted a lot on social media these days. We read about how important it is to take time to go on a journey of self discovery and to find out who we really are but often we are too busy living life to down tools and start getting to know ourselves.

The Girl Who Dated Herself is a book about just that. It is all about a British writer living in LA who after a string of unsuccessful relationships decides to have a year off dating men and dates herself instead. Throughout the book the reader is taken on the writers journey of self discovery from sitting in a restaurant on a date with herself to asking herself for a hall pass!

Along the way the writer tells of her unsuccessful dates and relationships. When she digs a little deeper however things become harder to face but she ploughs on with her mission to fall in love with herself.

I guarantee there will be at least one part of this book that you will be nodding along with her. I loved this book; I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It is hugely relatable, so funny in places and really quite inspiring. I couldn’t put it down.

This book isn’t a self help book but more of a memoir. I think it does give you that time whilst reading it to have a little bit of personal discovery time for yourself too.

I loved that the book was set in LA and really enjoyed the lengthy descriptions of places there that I would love to visit one day.

This book proves that we do need to love ourselves before we try and love others.

There are lots of lessons throughout the book. One I’ve taking away is that sitting and having time with yourself really is very important. It is full of hilarity, poignance and gives you the ability to step back and look at yourself in a slightly different way. And not only does the writer learn to fall in love with herself but you will fall in love with her too!

If you are at a bit of a crossroads in your life where relationships are concerned this is the book for you! It gets a 9 out of 10 from me.

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