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2.98  ·  Rating details ·  327 ratings  ·  83 reviews
The Divorce Diet is a novel that should be dedicated to every woman who ever walked away from a man or a diet. It's bitingly funny and insightful, while celebrating food and self-discovery just don't read it while you're hungry. It's perfect for fans of Julie and Julia and Eat, Pray, Love.

Abigail loves her baby Rosie, her husband Thad, and food. She takes great joy and
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Published December 30th 2014 by Kensington
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Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Abigail did not appeal to me at all. I found her to be too passive and stuck in the present. Given her marital breakup was a surprise, I felt she could have carried herself differently, taking action swiftly, and stop with the victim card. Her personality failed to evoke anything other than irritation. Thad (husband) was equally irritating. I did appreciate her erratic thoughts, her sarcastic humor, and eventually her candor, otherwise she was vanilla requiring some serious spicing up, too ...more
Margaret Wilson
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’ve been divorced. Once or twice. OK, twice. Point being, I know a thing or two about the emotional hit you take when the other says, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

I’ve also been on a diet. Once or twice, I’ve needed to shed a couple of pounds. OK, several dozen pounds. Point being, I am familiar with the self-talk one engages in. You know the kind of inner dialogue. You are at the cake plate. “OK, one little slice,” you say. You shave off a sliver. You tell yourself to “Hide that plate from view,”
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Abigail's family disintegrates when her husband, Thad, decides that the marriage no longer works. She ends up taking her baby and staying with her parents until she sorts out what she's going to do. Having acknowledged that she's a bit overweight, she resolves to lose some weight using a new diet book that seems to come with an imaginary diet guru. As well as her weight loss she must contemplate
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE DIVORCE DIET is highly recommended to lighten those post-Christmas extra pounds blues. There is also recipes at the end of the book and even those are very funny. I loved the way Ellen Hawley took me from Abigail's so called perfect marriage into single motherhood and learning so much about herself. Maybe her marriage wasn't all that, as she soon discovers. It was wonderful to watch Abigail grow and become a stronger woman. She was dealt a lousy hand and wonders how her life became what it ...more
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished, audio
I tried listening to this on audio because I thought it was going to be a lighthearted book about a sassy overweight woman who gets her life back in order, but it's about a whiny, annoying woman with just a little baby weight on her that counts the calories of every bite she puts in her mouth and talks to an imaginary diet guru. No, seriously.
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This was me the entire book..

Pop quiz - You're significant other has told you your marriage together "isn't working for him". Do you:

a) Go to marriage counseling?
b) Throw dishes at him?
c) Plead for him to stay?
d) Take your child and leave, and try to pick up the pieces in your life and move on?

If you chose D, then you have something in common with the lead character, Abigail.

I deeply enjoyed the idea of having two major lifestyle
Rebecca Krebbs
Mar 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I say, "This book was trite, fluffy nonsense."
I say, "The dialogue is stilted and isn't this the most annoying delivery system?"
I say, "Yes. The author really did write her book this way".
Judy Collins
A very special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Divorce Diet by Ellen Hawley is a fiercely honest, hip, and edgy account of one woman’s journey of marriage, and motherhood to—life after divorce, dieting, single motherhood, survival, and search for an inspiring career; A reinvention--embracing life’s messiness, with hilarious wit and humor!

Abigail loves cooking, being a mother, and her husband, Thad—until one day when Thad decides this life is
Jeannie Zelos
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
The Divorce Diet, Ellen Hawley
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Genre: Literature/fiction, Women’s Fiction
well, seeing some great reviews I had high hopes for this book but sadly its one of those that proves what I’m always saying– not all novels suit all readers. Though it’s a genre I enjoy and a story that sounded fun I didn’t like it..
Abigail, just had a baby, breastfeeding and still very overweight– Gosh who’s not been there...plenty of us have, and I really felt for her when the Jerk
Annabel Krantz
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Abigail is on a diet. And then her life falls apart. Coincidence? I think not! Diets never end well...

Ok, perhaps it wasn't the diet that caused all of her problems... Abigail's asshole husband, Thad (her words, not mine!), played a large part in the demise of her upper-middle-class dream world, when he decided that marriage wasn't for him. It would seem that he preferred the carefree flings of a single man, above the responsibilities of a husband and a new father. So, Abigail finds herself
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Twenty five year old Abigail has a comfortable life, she is happily wed to her very own Prince Charming and is the adoring mother of their 7 month old daughter, Rosie. Sure she is still carrying a few extra pregnancy pounds, but the new diet she has started will take care of those. On the eve of her husband's birthday she creates an exquisite meal and waits patiently for him to come home from work. Thad is nearly an hour late and as he picks desultory at the dinner she lovingly prepared, she
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Kensington and Netgalley for giving me access to a free advance copy of this book. If half stars were allowed, I would give give this book 3 1/2 stars. I don't usually read "chick lit" but every now and then I am happy to read a lighter cleverly written book.The Divorce Diet fits the bill. Abigail who has recently had a baby and worries about her weight and is obsessed with cooking is sent packing by her immature self-centred husband, and moves back in with her parents. What happens ...more
*Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book is about Abigail, a 30 something year old woman, married to Thad and mother of Rosie. She’s unemployed and spends her days cooking and looking after her baby girl. You can guess what’s going to happen from the title. She gets divorced and all of a sudden things change. She needs to get a job and make it on her own.

What I liked most was how passionate Abigail is about food and cooking all sorts of concoctions.
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Not my kind of book. The Divorce Diet reinforces all the stereotypes strangling women today. The necessity of the perfect family, the hot husband, the thin body, the perfect life - these are all illustrated as hetero-normative standards that the main character strives to attain - and even the "lessons" she learns still pertain to achieving these. What about body-positive ideals and finding satisfaction through her own career instead of being "forced" back into the work force? Abigail is a whiny, ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Library Request. Oh my god!!!!!!! This was the worst of all worst reads I've actually put myself through because of my OCD about finishing what I start to read.......ahggggg, this was the most banal of stories and I the narrator omg please put me out of my misery........I have blocking capabilities on my phone, I wish I can block this author from every sharing my reading time again.....this book actually had a publisher I'm speechless.........For all those who are looking for something to read, ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Our heroine is 25... if the audiobook narrator isn’t at least a decade and a half older, I’ll eat my hat. How’s that for a diet? The jokes fall flat, as there is a disconnect between the story of a young woman in crisis and the voice of a stern anchorwoman. Plus, they begun to fall on deaf ears, so oft repeated with minor deviations. This lady seemed to have The Same Day every DAY.

Also, I’m sad that she has such a poor diet while breastfeeding. Maybe that’s why she keeps saying her baby “melts
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't like the writing style of this book. Here's why, while I love single narrator books, I didn't like that there were so many one sided conversations and very little dialogue from other characters. I'm sure it was an intentional way to honor that Abigail (the main character) was going through a self-discovery/transformation phase in the midst of a divorce. However, I really enjoyed the story itself. Once I got over the writing style, I enjoyed the ups and downs of the story. The character ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Manja Maksimovič
This is an honest and bitter account of what goes through a woman's mind and how her world crumbles - but not really - after her husband leaves her for another woman. It's telling about the world we live in. I liked the descriptions of her state of mind that speak of a survivalist, without shying away from hard subjects in a cynical fashion. This is also the first audiobook I ever listened to and I liked the delivery.
Deborah R Reader
Real life

This book lets you into real life! Its sad funny and real. From living through a divorce to raising a child almost alone to cooking a good meal. Starting from baby to adult cooking all about love!! I really enjoyed this book, took me back to a few times as I went through. You will love it and it will help heal!##
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Divorce is not funny, but the author's writing has the reader laughing and angry at the same time. A couple seperate. The wife needs to lose a few pounds and there's where the fun begins. The diet comes with a voice that speaks at the most interesting times. There's a surprise ending.
Summer Jeter
A light hearted book

A nice story about overcoming divorce and being on your own. It puts a pep in your step if you're going through something tough.
Melissa Appleby
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
It's okay. Cutesy. Made me realize everyone kind of thinks the same no matter their reason for divorce.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I say: argh! Stop whining already! I kind of enjoyed recognising the divorce situations at first, but the forced jokes are terrible. DNF
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This book was okay, I found it boring and really repetitive at times.
I Don't Know...

I didn't find it very humorous and had to force myself to finish. The characters are likeable enough except Thad the husband. What was his reason for leaving?
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The perfect amount of quick wit, reality and sarcasm. Her writing kept you subtly numb about a very emotional experience. I love her humor and will look for other books by her now!
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny read! This is a light read for relaxed evenings. The female lead is compelling and witty and the "conversations" with her daughter and regular commentary on her life is entertaining.
Karla Winick-Ford
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Not nearly what I thought it would be
waste of a few hours
don't waste your time
you'll get nothing out of this but regret
Terri Lyon
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellen Hawley provides a story with both heartbreak and humor. Loved it.
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