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Your "half-orange" (the translation of the Spanish term mi media naranja) describes your beautiful sweet perfect other half. And this book will put you on the path to yours. Meeting Your Half-Orange will teach you how to become so happy in your own skin and so focused on the relationship you want the right person will be naturally drawn right to you
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Published December 22nd 2009 by Perseus Books Group
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Amy Spencer
Aug 05, 2011 Amy Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Just realized that one of my favorite books should totally be my own, right? I'm very proud of it. And if you're single and sick of tired of feeling sick and tired about it (as I was), maybe you'll love reading it as much as I loved writing it.
Daniela
Oct 14, 2010 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another dating book! Haha, you can see where my mind is at lately. I'm curious to see how this one is, because unlike Gottlieb's "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough," Amy Spencer insists on keeping your check list and your high standards in-tact!

Update: After leaving this book for a really long time, I didn't think I would get the motivation to pick it up again. But I decided to give it one more chance before returning it back to the library. And I was happily suprised I did.
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Kimberly
Jul 01, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The law of attraction and the benefits of positive thought have been discussed and helped millions within the New Thought movement. This book takes the essence of the and translates it in a delightfully upbeat book about dating and positivity. It's also, in my seven years of collecting magazine, was the one book that served as my tipping point in creating a dream board. Nothing generates a grubby glow as much as cutting out photos and phrases that inspire you while drinking champagne and watchin ...more
Mai
This is the best optimistic book about dating and relationships I've ever read so far ,it is so uplifting and positive and leave you feeling that Everything is possible ,that Finding true love is So possible,the message of the book is to be optimistic and believe that your half orange (your perfect match) is out there ,your job is not to figure out how to find him but just to want this amazing relationship with every fiber of your being and work on being optimistic about the possibility of it ha ...more
Danielle
Jun 11, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great big cheery dose of enthusiasm for those of us still referring to ourselves inaccurately in the plural.

Has some of the science of optimism in there without being too "woo-woo." And even makes allowances for those days when you just hate life!

I wished some of the practices she mentions were indexed a little more--just a little list at the end of each chapter would have been useful (for example, "Today, write your list of what you want in a relationship"), as they're kind of spread out wit
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Andrea
Mar 24, 2010 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I absolutely loved this book. I loved it so much, I started it over when I finished!
She has a way of writing that is very conversational. But even thought this is meant to find your "half-orange", to the core it's a book about optimism...which I greatly needed. I highly recommend this book!
Allison
This is the best dating book I've read. Most dating books are lists of Do's and Don'ts, but in Meeting Your Half Orange there are no such regulations. Instead, Amy Spencer uses a combination of New Age concepts (the law of attraction, creative visualization) and positive psychology to help you find your other half. There are a number of benefits to adopting these approaches and tossing out the tired The Rules: 1. your perfect match will recognize you as "the one" because you are YOU, and not bec ...more
Hanna
Aug 30, 2010 Hanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Optimism is the best medicine. Right behind laughter. And cheese.
Danah Ashcroft
I felt very mixed. On one hand I 100% believe in optimism, on the other I just don't believe in magic. I guess that is wrong. What I have issue with is presenting antidotal evidence and the occasional undermining of the readers intelligence. But this is a 200 page book so what can I expect. I am just someone that has a science degree that firmly believes in critical thinking and not blindly trusting antidotal evidence. Correlation does not equal causation. I continuously found myself saying that ...more
Cassandra
Jul 30, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I'm a pretty optimistic person in general, so it was refreshing to realize how many things I was already doing "right" and some others that I could put into practice to attract my perfect other half. Not only that, but there are so many great practices in the book that one could implement to attract nearly any great thing they desire in life! I'm continuing to "feed the seed " daily and while I can't say I ever expected to actually "feel" the orange buzz just by doing so, one t ...more
Deb
Mar 08, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Just want it*

Tired of finding all the lemons in the dating world? Then, you might want to pick this juicy book off the tree of dating self-help books. It's a refreshing pick, for sure, and it'll likely quench your thirst for a satisfying relationship--or in the very least, for an entertaining and uplifting read.

The approach in this book focuses on "dating optimism"--the belief that what you focus on and think about is ultimately what you attract. Changing your thoughts results in changes your b
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Andre
Mar 03, 2012 Andre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andre by: Jennifer C.
Jennifer and I were talking about books that we were reading one day, when she mentioned that she was reading this one.

In true Andre fashion, I whipped out my phone and ordered the book before she had a chance to tell me what it was about. I hate watching movie trailers (The Dictator is one of the rare exceptions!) and I hate people telling me ANYTHING about articles or novels that I'm going to read, or movies that I'm going to watch.

"You're allowed to want what you want."

For a guy who doesn't r
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Tanja
Sep 07, 2015 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually wouldn't admit to reading a dating self-help book on a public forum but I suppose part of dating optimism is admitting that I am doing something about improving my love life...haha. Anyway, this book was somewhat cheesy but it was cheesy in an optimistic sort of way which I like as I'm cheesy in an optimistic sort of way. Looking forward to meeting my half orange who I'm pretty sure will appear very soon! ;)
Lindsey
Dec 17, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. I've read bits and pieces of it over the last few years as I've delved into the dating world.
I truly believe Amy's theory of optimism and putting into the universe what you want back. Honestly, I wish I was friends with her in real life! What a great friend to have, always giving you a pep talk and telling you that you're awesome and beautiful and deserve a big, amazing love.

5 stars!
Jennifer
Aug 24, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved Amy Spencer. I wanted her to be my new best friend. I read this book cover to cover at the bookstore, because I am typically skeptical of dating books and wanted to scan the content before I committed to anything less than upbeat on my bookshelf. As soon as I finished the last page I bought the book and have started it all over again! Her writing style is informative and well researched, highlighting studies from well known experts in the area of positive psychology. I ...more
Erin
Jan 02, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book not realizing it was a dating book...I blindly picked it up because my niece had recommended it to me after she learned I was going through a break up...so I assumed it was about putting YOURSELF together... hahaha. Not so. It's definitely all about finding your other half.

It did have good and sound advice for making yourself into the person you want to be, or rather just your best self. She backed it up with science.

It also helped distract my brain from the sadness
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Claudia
May 17, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich würde ich nie zugeben, einen Dating-Ratgeber gelesen zu haben, aber dieses Buch platzt fast vor Optimismus, der einfach furchtbar ansteckend ist. :)
V² ♡
Feb 02, 2016 V² ♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A study in the application of optimistic realism to the pre-relationship phase. Loved it, the author could very well be one of my friends... :)
Heather
Jun 05, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book over the last few days. While there are bits and pieces that I wasn't thrilled with, overall I think this is a fantastic book. In a nutshell it's law of attraction and power of positive thinking meets dating. It's written from the perspective of a woman looking to marry a man but also mentions right from the get-go that it's meant for absolutely anyone looking for love. I think it might be a bit hard to get past the he's and she's if you're not a straight woman, but will say ...more
Maia
Oct 16, 2010 Maia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
This is a great "self-help" book for all the single ladies that are burnt out a little from the whole dating/being single thing. This is all about hope and restoring some common sense to your psyche, i own this book and i'm glad that i do because this is a book i want to lend to all my single girlfriends, my sister, anyone !! i highly recommend this book, and i have read my fair share of the kind. Make sure you get through the first half, because the second half of the book is much better. My gi ...more
Kourtney
May 16, 2011 Kourtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never seen such a positive, optimistic outlook for a self-help book before! This book is all about how to put a positive, optimistic outlook to work for you in your dating life, but it goes where no one else has gone before - you don't have to force yourself into conversations you don't want, or situations just because there are members of the opposite sex there. The overall message can also apply to other areas of your life as well! In the middle of reading the book I started applying th ...more
Alison
Sep 15, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a truthfully optimistic dating and relationship book that even serious urban women who are much too sophisticated to read dating and relationship books can learn from. Yes, Amy is my friend, but this book came out a long time ago, so I'm hardly doing her any good now! All I can say is, this book turns up on some very unexpected coffee tables in my life and its appearance always precedes some very interesting conversations about life, love and the pursuit of happiness. Brava, Amy.
J
Aug 26, 2010 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a dating book and The Secret-based book that doesn't totally suck.

If you know me, you know that this is a glowing endorsement.

Will I use any of its bizarre advice (more about breathing and smiling and imagining and neural pathways than, say, flirting)? Heck no. But it's a pleasant read and--yes--makes one feel better. I will send this to friends as a pick-one-up gift book.
Rachael
Jan 13, 2015 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few dating books out there, but this one I felt like she was talking right to me. Like she knew what I was thinking and feeling, and translated that to her book.

It was great to read about a different way of thinking about dating, and how by thinking positively about your dating life and about yourself, you can help to bring that special 'half orange' to you.
Manita Rawat
Dec 11, 2013 Manita Rawat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! It provides hope to single women like me, who don't want to settle and are waiting for our true companions to come into our lives. It also provides an optimistic and healthy approach to believing and waiting for "the one". Every single woman should read this book!
Laura
Feb 27, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A little too spiritual - this reminded me of what I've heard "The Secret" is like (haven't read it, so I can't directly compare). However, there were some good hopeful tips in here - so while I won't follow all of it, it did give me a little bit more confidence.
Likkia
Dec 30, 2012 Likkia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. It is a different look at how to become more open to a life partner including getting clear on what you want, and focusing on how you want to feel in your relationship. It also talks about not living your life while waiting to meet this other half.
Barbara
Mar 23, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Something about the examples in this book and her writing style were really motivating for me. The best book on dating advice I've ever read.

A couple excerpts on my blog: http://dogearedandunderlined.blogspot...
Elizabeth
somewhere in between the research of Martin Seligman and other positive psychologists and the more.... erm.... new agey ideas of The Secret lies "dating optimism." More useful than not, I'd wager.
speciallyi
Dec 27, 2013 speciallyi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was attracted by the title. A big fat encouragement on how to think like an optimist!
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