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Five Men Who Broke My Heart Five Men Who Broke My Heart

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  487 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
On sale 1/20/04 In this honest, hilarious, fiercely intelligent memoir, journalist Susan Shapiro dares to do what every woman dreams of: track down the five men who'd broken her heart and findout what really went wrong. Between the ages of thirteen and thirty-five, Susan had plunged into love, heart-first, five times. One bad breakup was more hurtful and humiliating than t ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 20th 2004 by Delacorte Press (first published 2004)
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Elissa Jane Mastel
I read a "Modern Love" piece in the New York Times by Susan Shapiro and I loved it. It was truly identifiable. At the end of the story, it mentioned this book, so I quickly downloaded it hoping it would be more of the same. While the beginning of this book was engaging, it got dull, and lost it's luster. I guess I can't read another 100++ pages about a woman who has so much who seems so ungrateful, who thinks gaining 9 lbs in 20 years is something to be sad about or whines about not having a chi ...more
Tara
Jul 30, 2007 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my worst enemies
The book seemed like it would be an amusing, chick-lit memoir. Oh, but it was so much more. The author whines throughout the entire book. There didn't seem to be much character growth at all--just a bitter woman rehashing all of her crappy relationships. I finished the book just to see if she learned anything from all of this whiney soul-searching, but I don't think she did. I feel a bit sorry for her husband.
Nancy
Dec 27, 2008 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Use this book to stuff an old mattress. Shapiro didn't do herself any favors publishing this shallow piece. Irredeemable. I prayed for the trees that died for her self-indulgence. It took to the last few pages before she thought of anyone but herself. It brought NOTHING to the reader but an AMAZING desire to start burning books.

Save a tree. Dump this piece.
Jeanette
Jun 11, 2014 Jeanette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
OMG, it barely makes a 1 star.

Honesty now! I only got to page 70 and that was it for me. The only reason I started this book is because I am in a Summer Library Program and I am supposed to read 3 books that have a number in their title.
I'll fine others.

This was a tell-all whine from the get-go. And then got worse.

It should have been titled: Five Men Who Had Incredible Luck to Escape.

Someone out there in the book world should have been her friend. And gone on to tell her not to publish this sha
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Alexis
May 13, 2009 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to give this book 4&1/2 stars, which unfortunately is not an option. The title of the memoir could easily make people suspicious that this book may be a ranting diatribe against men, or a weepy revelation of lost love. The book is neither. The memoir is a testament to "applied therapy." Susan Shapiro's writing is extremely sharp and witty. Her self-examination is exceedingly honest and she does an excellent job of examining motivation and perception as it is effected by one's age an ...more
Elizabeth
After having read this book, which contains 1 moderately graphic sexual description, I found it nearly impossible to talk to Susan when I met her at a party. It took me two weeks to be able to talk to her husband again (he was my teacher at the time I read the hot-tub scene) and at least 20 seconds of aimless, vague compliments on her home, food, wine, etc. before I decided not to mention I'd read any of her work. Probably just as well; knowing the real people is a detriment to enjoying the char ...more
Sarah
Cliche, easy summer read. Inoffensive but run-of-the-mill "stuff about guys I've dated, now I'm married and reflecting, I'm sassy and I live in NYC." Unremarkable.
Sophie
Aug 16, 2011 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got to this book from an article the author wrote in a magazine, but I think I ended up enjoying the magazine article more.

The book is about going back and confronting exes, which is probably everybody's secret wish at some point - but there's something in the way she goes about it that bugs me. It's honest, but instead of it feeling like she's putting herself out there it ends up feeling like she's just...hanging out there. You want to admire the author for her bravery, but you end up feeling
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Kate
Jan 01, 2011 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
You know how sometimes you approach a book (play/movie/etc) with a sense of what it will be like? and that sense is telling you that said book (etc.) will be just the kind of thing you like? But then... it absolutely isn't?
I imagined that "Five Men Who Broke My Heart" would be comprised of serious, professional interviews with past lovers, and that this would be poignant and intriguing, perhaps even instructive. But... it absolutely isn't.
It begins with a chance meeting with a past lover, with w
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Rachelle
Another memoir on my reading list. I was interested in seeing the framework the author used to explore several decades of events in her life. She had a nice story frame and the narrative was engaging, often hilarious, self-deprecating and raw. While there are other topics that might interest you more than someone's past love affairs, the story certainly has universality. I was struck by her introspection and the revelations that came of her own family relationships. For me, these were the most b ...more
Jen
A freelance writer in Manhattan revisits with the five men of the title. I enjoyed her quest to make sense of her romantic past. It also convinced me that looking up all my old boyfriends is something I'll never do.
Ana Paula
Aug 05, 2015 Ana Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was delightful.

Shapiro has the ability to create scenes sharp and concrete like movie scenes - a funny thing when the book tells you her husband is a screenwriter - while always sounding deeply generous.

Her economy of words make for a concise, vast and vivid imagery (experience derived by her journalism carreer). While self-contained in structure, the polished clean writing speaks multitudes in content: It's Sylvia Plath's confessional poetry condensed in Hemingway's minimalism.

The w
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Carla Jean
Oct 11, 2007 Carla Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bitter women
I first bought this after a break up, and although it's not the most amazing memoir I've ever read I return to it time and again. (And not necessarily after break ups, either!)
Meichler
May 08, 2011 Meichler rated it really liked it
Really fun memoir of a married woman, in her late 30's/40, who decides to track down the 5 guys who broke her heart. Fun, easy, good writing, and very relatable.
Sarah
Sep 22, 2011 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really disliked this book. I felt trashy just reading it and found the protagonist thoroughly annoying from start to finish. I would've left her too.
Brenda
Jul 30, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so, so excited for Susan Shapiro's latest novel to come out on Monday. I know I'm going to love it; Sue is such a great writer. She's the master of the first person essay-- and her memoir, FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, is one of the best memoirs I've ever read.

In FIVE MEN WHO BROKE MY HEART, Sue tracks down five former boyfriends in an attempt to find out what went wrong. So incredibly raw and brave, I devoured this book in just a day. The book is smart and funny, and will make you think abou
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Lavanya Sunkara
Aug 12, 2009 Lavanya Sunkara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just met the author last night. She's awesome, so I decided to pick up her work. :)
Avisha
Oct 21, 2007 Avisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love memoirs 'cause I sure do!
Re-hashing old relationships for healing purposes can do wonders for a woman.
Gigi Blanchard
Jun 09, 2015 Gigi Blanchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling tale of love, heartbreak and our distracting need for closure. While most of us hope to forget our experiences with rejection, Susan digs it up and dishes out with a critic’s honesty. This story is an excellent example for writers who wish to discover their past through writing. It was especially interesting to see that while the world changes, the dynamic of relationships and how we often misconceive them remains the same. An excellent documentation of our culture! I highly ...more
Nicole
Jul 20, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun story. Quick read and would def. recommend as a weekend book!
Karen
Dec 30, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable! Makes me wonder about some of my exes.
Susanna
Jan 13, 2013 Susanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
This is a memoir from a journalist, which to me read almost like an extended magazine article more than a memoir. To my understanding, "memoir" encompasses not only telling what happened, but also deeply exploring the motivation of particularly the narrator, and also those around him/her, and reflecting on the eventual meaning of the events the narrator describes. This book mainly tells what happened, which is somewhat interesting in a voyeuristic sense, and in the sense that most everyone has o ...more
Martha Fendt
I didn't finish this book which is rare for me, I may have made the mistake of reading other people's reviews before I finished but a lot of the reviews were spot on. This woman is so self absorbed and her problems are so ridiculous. She's very narcissistic it's sickening. Are we supposed to feel bad for because she's the daughter of a wealthy doctor who has intelligent brothers? Or because she gained less than 10 lbs in 20 years? And I can't fathom how her husband could possibly be okay with he ...more
Kristyn
Feb 13, 2013 Kristyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading a newspaper article by Shapiro, I added this to my to-read list and requested it from the library. Enough time passed that I forgot why I wanted to read it. I vaguely remember Shapiro seeming like an interesting writer and the premise of the book sounding promising. well, it wasn't. Her quest to get in touch with her five past exes doesn't yield any wisdom and really not a lot of humor, though I suspect I was supposed to think the opposite. She comes across as immature and whiny. T ...more
Jennifer
The best thing I can say about this book is that it's a quick and easy read. I'm reading a lot of memoir, trying to learn what to do (and not to do) as I write one of my own. I had a hard time feeling anything for the narrator, as she came off as whiny and selfish. I wanted more introspection, which didn't come until the last few pages. The largest problem I had with the book was the premise that she went on this search of old loves to get over infertility and a novel of hers not finding a publi ...more
Annie
Jan 03, 2008 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
A funny, cynical and bitter journalist searches out her ex-boyfriends to find out what went wrong in their relationships. Shapiro drops a few witty observations about life and love along the way, but overall I think this book was more cathartic for her than for her readers. She gives a background profile on each ex-boyfriend as well as the journey of their relationship. Shapiro then recounts their present day meeting and interaction. Overall, a fluffy read, but slightly enjoyable for the voyeuri ...more
Jodi Goldbeck
Nov 14, 2012 Jodi Goldbeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Th is an autobiographical story about the author and her past relationships. She decides to talk to five of her past loves to find out what went wrong. She and her husband are having fertility problems so she is trying to "find herself." I actually liked the book, even though I have a feel that my book club group may not. I think the author is very funny and even though neurotic people annoy me at times, I wasn't really annoyed by her. The book club gals thought she was funny and quite neurotic. ...more
Lucy
Aug 16, 2012 Lucy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this quickly, over the course of a few lunches, after reading Great Expectations and The Graveyard Book. It is patently unfair to compare this book to either one of those excellent novels, so I won't. After plowing through the magnificently long Great Expectations I felt I needed to read something I felt was truly frivolous. For that, this book fit the bill. It was an entertaining enough read for what it was. If you read it, don't expect much from this book. Expect instead the self-indulg ...more
Katie
Aug 01, 2007 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, memoir lovers, romantic comedy lovers
Sue Shapiro decides to seek out five old boyfriends and chit-chat with them about their lives now and what went wrong all those years ago. Her somewhat absent husband is side-lined throughout most of the book, coming in every now and then leaving you wondering if he'll have a bigger part in the story somehow. There are lots of flashbacks to the times she was dating each man and she describes some common relationship problems and habits. It's a bit of self-discovery and comedy rolled into one...a ...more
Madge
Feb 07, 2015 Madge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how she went back in time and caught up with the five men. She met them and realized why none worked then and why none would work now. Made me think about revisiting my old loves, but not ever actually doing that.
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