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Why Did You Stay? (Paperback)Rebecca Humphries (author)
Reclaiming her identity from the very public victimhood she endured after her partner was caught cheating on a prime-time TV show, Humphries delivers an insightful and important analysis of toxic relationships.
Actor, writer and hopeless romantic Rebecca Humphries had often been called crazy by her boyfriend. But when paparazzi caught him kissing his Strictly Come Dancing partner, she realised the only crazy thing was believing she didn't deserve more.
Forced into victimhood by the story, Rebecca chose to reclaim her power, posting her thoughts on social media, including advice for other women who might be experiencing what she realised she'd managed to escape: a toxic, oppressive relationship. A flood of support poured in, but amongst the well-wishes was a simple question with an infinitely complex answer: 'If he was so bad, why did you stay?'
Empowering, unflinching and full of humour, this book takes that question and owns it. Using her relationship history, coming of age stories and experiences since the scandal during Strictly, Rebecca explores why good girls are drawn to darkness, whether pop culture glamourises toxicity, when a relationship 'rough patch' becomes the start of a destructive cycle, if women are conditioned for co-dependency, and - ultimately - how to reframe disaster into something magical.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 32 mm
'Her thought-provokingstory should be required readingfor anyone in a relationship' - Daily Mirror
'Brilliant, universal writing on toxic relationships and heartbreak. A Heart Shaped Bullet for the modern age' - Jenny Colgan
'This book isn't an ice-cold revenge opus; it's a diary of self-discovery, a celebration of friendship, resilience and finding one's self-worth... is it worth the hype? Absolutely: I had to stop myself from reading it one grateful gulp' - Style
'The best [book] about relationships since Three Women[...] set to be this year's summer smart female read for women of all ages' - The Bookseller
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“Regardless of who this book is about, it’s important it is read”
This book was engaging, interesting, but also important. Humphries tells her side of her relationship in two ways - a chapter on when she left, and a chapter on when she stayed. The contrast between the two let you... More
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