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The Breakup Doctor

(The Breakup Doctor #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Call Brook Ogden a matchmaker-in-reverse. Let others bring people together; Brook, licensed mental health counselor, picks up the pieces after things come apart. When her own therapy practice collapses, she maintains perfect control: landing on her feet with a weekly advice-to-the-lovelorn column and a successful consulting service as the Breakup Doctor: on call to help yo ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Henery Press (first published June 6th 2014)
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I received a copy of The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox from in return for an honest review.

Picture this: a woman with an inappropriate picture of a donkey tattooed on her shoulder, and she's wearing pantyhose on her head with snorkel goggles to protect her eyes. Is this the image of a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counsellor, OR is this some demented lunatic recently escaped from the psycho wing of the local "rest home". The correct answer would be the first choice. Her name i
Grace J Reviewerlady
I enjoy the chick-lit genre, I really do - but I struggled with this book and kept expecting it to get funny. The title character advised everyone else on how to deal with their break-ups but couldn't practice what she preached ... and she preached it over and over again - so repetitively that it read more like a self help book. I found this constant repetition pushed the family part of the storyline so far away making it feel like another book which intermingled with this one only when the auth ...more
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The Breakup Doctor

Cover: 5
Plot: 4
Characters: 4

Overall Rating: 4

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I was pleasently surprised when I got approved for this book and after seeing it in my account, I downloaded it instantly.

Brook Ogden after her therapy practice collapses, needs a job and she was offered one as a break up doctor. She was surprised to be so good at her job but when her own relationship fails,
“A heartwarming and funny story about friendship, romance, and the heart-wrenching reality of breakups—while busting out some spot-on dating advice along the way.”— Liz Tuccillo, Bestselling Co-Author of He’s Just Not That Into You and Executive Story Editor of HBO’s Emmy Award-Winning Series Sex and the City
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Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Actual rating: 3,5

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: When we first meet Brook, she is a woman in control, she is losing her practice but this is not going to get her down. Her knowledge of what to do when your heart has been broken quickly becomes in high demand and a lot of patients start contacting her for her help and support. At the same time though, she is dumped with no clear explanation and s
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arr-books
When a strange set of circumstances literally tears down therapist Brook Ogden's practice, she finds herself facing an uncertain future. But an offhand comment from her best friend, Sasha, plants a seed in Brook's mind and, before she knows it, she has a weekly newspaper column offering advice to those going through a breakup. Clients begin to trickle in to the newly-minted Breakup Doctor . . . just when Brook may need her own services and advice!

Phoebe Fox's debut is delightful. It was the perf
Paula  Phillips
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Brook Lyn was on her way to becoming a relationship coach with her own practice and all until her office space was evicted due to mould and yucky stuff. Now without an office to see her patients , she doesn't know what to do until her best friend Sasha who works at the local newspaper suggests that she writes a column and one thing leads to another and Brook ends up known as The Breakup Doctor , as if there is one thing that Brook knows what to do and how to dish it - it's relationship advice on ...more
Maryline M's Bookshelf
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

As far as first impression go, this was a fabulous one: both title and cover (even the author's name) got me excited at first glance.
We've all read those "love, relationships & sex" features in "women's magazines" where a "pro" answered the readers questions. But those are nothing compared to relationship.. or breakup expert Brook Ogden. She is so genuinely concerned for her patients, even at times when they do
Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This story really didn't do anything for me. I couldn't really get into it and I found it quite boring. The writing wasn't bad and the story stuck to the plot. There were no characters I disliked but I didn't really like any of them either. After reading about 70% percent of it I couldn't take it anymore. I usually don't rate stories I don't finish but I just didn't like it. Hopefully the author writes something one day that I will enjoy.

Larissa Reinhart
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit, humor
Crazy antics keeps the pace bouncing along in this humorous debut! Brook Lyn patches broken hearts, but can't heal her own. The break-up doctor needs her own break-up doctor. Love this premise!
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
In all honesty I didn't like the book but that more's to personal taste then anything majorly wrong with the story. Not going to lie the first few chapters were a chore to get through but it does pick up and get better. Some characters were better compared to others but other then a few annoying ones most were well written. I won't be reading the rest of the books but I'm sure there are a lot of people that like the series as there are four books now.
Camille Adams
DNF at 53%.

I’m bored now. This was interesting before the break up.
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brook Ogden is my favorite kind of a chick lit heroine - the perfectly imperfect kind. After weathering a heartbreak she refuses to talk about, Brook seems to have gotten her life in order - she is running a successful practice as a mental health counselor, has a boyfriend who treats her well and is always there to lend a sympathetic ear and a shoulder to cry on to her best friend Sasha. The dynamic between the two friends seems to have been established long time ago - Sasha goes out and has her ...more

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

What a great debut this was! Being a debut, I really had no expectations though I must admit, being such a sucker for pretty covers, I kind of had a feeling this would be totally up my alley. Once again, I was right.

Brook (Real name Brook Lyn - HA!) is the owner of a private practice and seems to have it all, till one day she looses her offices and is forced to start over again. All her lif
Edythe Hamilton
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brook is not only losing her office space, but the building it is situated in is scheduled for demolition. With this new development, Brook’s clients begin to wan when she cannot locate a suitable office to set up shop. Brook’s mother and boyfriend, Kendall, remind her constantly that she is not a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist but a counselor.

Sasha, her best friend, arranges a meeting with her boss Lisa, editor of the Tropic Times. At the first meeting, Lisa is visually upset because he
Janet Emson
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Brook Ogden has a successful practice as a counsellor and is in the honeymoon stage of a new relationship. She suddenly finding herself without an office, and her colleagues deserting her to new roles. Following on from saving her friend Sash from yet another break up disaster she falls into a new role – The Breakup Doctor. She lands a column in the local paper, giving advice on getting over
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brook Lyn works as a licensed mental health counselor. She is a good friend and always good listener and adviser for her friend's love relationships. So, when a set of circumstances leaves Brook with no job and no boyfriend, she starts a new job, as a breakup doctor. But can she help others when her own love life is going up-side-down? How to trust in love ever after when her parents are getting divorce after so many years together?

Brook as a MC is a sweet character. She is always there for her
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Breakup Doctor by Phoebe Fox is an intelligent chick lit read! If I had friends or daughters in the dating world, I'd give them this book that is full of intelligent dating/breakup advice dispersed in a fun story. What a great debut novel for Phoebe Fox!

Brook is a therapist who is looking for new employment after the counseling center she worked at is literally destroyed by a wrecking ball in front of her eyes. In her quest for a new direction, she begins a newspaper advice column "The Break
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of this book. It's solidly in the category of "chick lit," to be sure, but I thought the relationship advice given by Brook (a.k.a, the Breakup Doctor) was actually very insightful. I think I was expecting something more generic, but, no, Fox actually shares some legitimate wisdom through the character of Brook.

There were a few cliche and slightly unbelievable moments in the plot
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great book, it has it all humor, romance, and wonderful break up advice! I love Brook, she is as licensed mental health counselor. Brook goes to work one day and they are literally tearing down her practice because it has been condemned. Her best friend Sasha has the worst luck with her relationships and Brook is always there to help Sasha over them. Sasha tells Brook that she needs to start helping others with their break ups. Brook starts writing a column for the paper that Sasha works ...more
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book and thought it looked interesting by the description and cover. I was expecting a cute quick read, what I got was much more. Brook’s character is great. She is well-rounded and her path to self discovery through her break-up was realistic and at times heartwarming. As someone who has been left cold by a significant other without so much as a explanation- I completely sympathized with Brook’s character. The fact that she starts off stone cold normal and at some poin ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Breakup Doctor is a well written and well edited chick lit novel. The plot is original, interesting and occasionally funny, but it is also filled with conflict.

The heroine is a licensed social worker trying to rebuild her practice after her office is destroyed and her partners bail on her. She lands a gig as a newspaper columnist giving advice on surviving the end of relationships. She has always been in control, so when the second man in as many years decides to end their relationship she i
Lauri Rottmayer
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Brook is a therapist and when she loses her practice because the building is being torn down and her partner's bail, she tries to figure out what to do next.

Her best friend, Sasha tells her she should help people with their broken relationships because she gives the best advice. Sasha also helps to get her a column at the newspaper she works with writing advice for the lovelorn. She tags herself as the Breakup Doctor.

When her own relationship fails and she comes unglued, she f
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Brook Lyn who loses her practice and staff at the beginning of the book. Her best friend, Sarah, advises her that she needs to come write a column at her paper and counsel people through their break ups.

The antics that people do to their significant ex are hilarious and outrageous. Brook Lyn is able to help these people, but she finds the person who needs the most help is herself.

A humorous book with some laugh out lou
Ash Rush
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It started slow, but once I got further into the story I realise the slow start was more about demonstrating the Brook's level-headed personality than anything. It was funny, and although it would have been nice if some of the supporting characters were fleshed out a bit more, the plot was good fun.

Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC copy and the chance to review it.
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There was nothing outstanding about this book. (view spoiler) I tend to have issues with books where the main character is a therapist who has no insight into her own issues. The book had potential but fell flat for me.
Rachel Goodman
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cute and funny and heartwarming. If you recently went through a breakup or currently going through one, The Breakup Doctor is for you.

Thrilled to see Chick Lit is making a comeback!
Jan Davis
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this book before it was even published. It is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny, wacky, and FUN! I can see a movie with Cameron Diaz as Brooke! I can't wait to read it again!
Gretchen Archer
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this smart funny book. Review to follow.
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Phoebe Fox has been a contributor and regular columnist for a number of national, regional, and local publications--currently for the Huffington Post as a relationship writer. She's been a movie, theater, and book reviewer; a screenwriter; and has even been known to help with homework revisions for nieces and nephews. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two excellent dogs.

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