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Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  12,304 ratings  ·  1,517 reviews
The feel-good #1 bestselling French novel about a woman whose mission to cure her "routine-itis" leads her to lasting joy and true fulfillment, for fans of The Alchemist and Hector and the Search for Happiness.

At thirty-eight and a quarter years old, Paris native Camille has everything she needs to be happy, or so it seems: a good job, a loving husband, a wonderful son. Wh
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published September 17th 2015)
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"You can have lots of money and be really unhappy, or equally not have much but make your existence the sweetest there is. The capacity for being happy has to be worked on, built up day by day. All you have to do is take a good look at your system of values and re-educate the way you look at life and what's going on around you."
Camille isn't unhappy but she isn't especially happy either. She lacks enthusiasm for life and her days are passing her by with dissatisfaction. On a day whe
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
And the award for the world’s longest title with the least amount of pay off goes to…

This was a bestseller in France, but they are just going to have to excusez-moi, it just didn’t make my socks go up and down. I liked the idea of story as self help and even more so a chance to imbibe in a little French joi de vivre, but what started as a clever approach eventually became as routine as the imaginary malady it addressed--acute routinitis--and I skim read the last third of the book wishing only to
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Your second life begins when you give yourself permission to abandon books that aren't working for you.
(I am apparently still at life #1.)
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
This was a different read for me. Although it's classified as Fiction, I felt that the story and the messages and lessons involved in this character's journey, made this novel hover the Fiction/Non-Fiction boundary line. In fact, that is one of the main reasons I loved this novel as much as I did.

The character of Camille, and her struggles, read like a reflection of myself (as well as many people that I know). Whether you have a case of "routinitis" now or later, it seems that particular ailmen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Hahahaha holy shit this book is SO bad. The prose is sophomoric, the dialogue stilted and contrived, the characters unsympathetic and uninteresting, and the self-help stuff that this book seems to have been written to deliver is a weird dilettante-ish mix of The Secret, CBT, mindfulness, and stoicism that glosses over anything of substance while spouting Live Love Laugh level platitudes. I read the first half and decided I did not need to subject myself to the second half.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Perfectly good advice but summarized in a pile of drivel and insufferable cliches. Who am I to judge if that format works for people? It’s just not for me.
Other thoughts:
Yawn every time Camille feels validated because men admire her while walking down the street.
The lesson “be a cat” was charming.
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One penned by French writer Raphaelle Giordano, is a delightful self-help book, dressed in the form of a heart-warming novel. It follows the journey of Camille, a thirty something French woman, who decides she has had enough of her mundane day-to-day existence and sets about to make a great change, with the help of Claude, a routinologist.

When and how do we find our happy place? These are the questions t
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lately I have been loving the trend of bestselling books from other countries being sold in the US. Books like A Man Called Ove and The Lido. So when I saw Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaëlle Giordano was a French bestseller, I was really excited to have a chance to read it.

Your Second Life is the story of Camille, a middle aged woman looking for happiness. It seems she has everything and yet she feels something missing. Through a series of events she comes i
Nicole Liu
I thought this book would be fun to read and possibly enlightening. However, I really didn't enjoy this book. I would describe this book as a self-help book disguised as fiction. It was predictable and cheesy and I can't believe I finished it! There were take aways if you are stuck in a rut, but the overall message was clear. You, and only you, are in charge of your own happiness.

Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
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Clever, life affirming, at times humorous, thought provoking.

This is a charming, entertaining read that has many lessons to share. I enjoyed the journey that Camille embarks on and the clever twist at the conclusion.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so more than you think it is going in. It is a self help but it is written like a novel. The character is so relatable. If you feel like you are stuck in the same routine this book is for you. If you think you're
Not suffering from the same routine you will find out that yes, you are. A great story. Engaging.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
A selfself-help book thinly plotted to mimic a novel. The best thing about it is the title.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

DNF’d at 35% through. It is a self-help book being marketed as a novel. I do not believe I am the target audience as I actually love my life which makes the reading of a nonapplicable self-help book toilsome.

I do love fiction and I love France, but those two things were not enough to make this one worthwhile for me. Perhaps it all turns around and becomes wonderful in the back half but I cannot endure the pain it would take to reach the end to know.
Tiffany Spitzer
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book reads like a novel but with a self-help theme. It’s fantastic with awesome ideas for improving the way you view yourself and life. I will definitely go back to it for a refresher thanks to the awesome idea dictionary in the back of the book. I recommend anyone in a rut or needing help with reinforcing positive self-image/worth read this book.
It’s a very quick read!
First half was really good and motivating
Second half was boring to death.
And I don’t like overly enthusiastic and optimistic books. They frustrates me.
Alice (Married To Books)
Read as part of Eurovisionathon 2020 for the France challenge!

I'm going to be honest. This was one of the books that I had selected for the readathon that I put towards the bottom of my predicted enjoyment list. This four-star review proves that predictions can totally and utterly be incorrect. I really enjoyed this! One of my biggest fears was how the French to English translation would come across since I've read translated books in the past where the pacing and writing have been very choppy i
Amandine Thomas
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given 3.5 stars but rounded at 4 because I am in a good mood.
Rawan Sadiq
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a nutshell
I recommend this book to everyone
Karin Pearson
A quick schmaltzy read. Mostly a "self help" book disguised as a novel. Lots of food for thought and tips to make the most of your life to break out of a rut or "routine". ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My French friend adores this book and got me the Italian version for my birthday (no english yet, but soon). Its a sweet story, with great intentions, but I found it either just a hair too predictable or in other parts a hair too perfect. But, I guess that's also the type of book it is - meant to prove that optimism guarantees success - meant to teach you how make things eventually go your way after a couple stumbles if you do XY and Z. Doubt its really that easy in the real world, but its a nob ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I agree with Giordano's principles and tricks to hitting the reset button on one's life, but it's not necessary to conceal them within a poorly written novel. It certainly doesn't do justice to the brave folks in professional circles of psychology and counseling, who know very well that there isn't a person on the planet who could solve such deep issues (children, marriage, career, mending fences) as quickly as this narrator.

In short, a book for people who would rather chomp on a stick of cotto
What an amazing book 🧡 Picked on the right time !
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whimsical, sweet, fictional almost-self-help novel.
Katharine Coggeshall
This is a book to read and re-read over your lifetime. It is filled with excellent advice that you just can't hear enough.
This is a work of fiction, but the characters are so real and the situations so relatable, it comes across as an autobiography. The style of writing eludes French/British origins in the sayings, attitudes, etc. and isn't really my favorite, but the plot and lessons more than make up for it.
Teenie*Currently Distracted With Life*
I randomly came across this book at the bookstore and I was intrigued by the name and cute cover. I never heard of this book and I thought it looked interesting. This was a quick fun read. It was a little repetitive at times and I wished that there was better character development, but overall it was a cute story and I enjoyed it.
Zahra MiresmaIli
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So much inspiring and mentioned some good techniques for problem solving.
Kristy Holland
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick and easy read maybe veering toward 3.5 ⭐️. Part fiction, chick-lit, part self-help. Sometimes predictable, sometime slightly repetitive, but overall, Good message.
Mary Mccallister
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women
It's fiction but it's not because you become the main character. Warning: Self reflection ...more
So I suspected this wasn't a Jessica book before I started reading it, but some of my friends are doing a Zoom book club and this was the book that was picked. Occasionally a book I don't think is for me can surprise me, but this was not one. I mostly felt like I seeing a character read a self-help book and apply it to their life. (Funnily when I first read the title I thought it was a self-help book). So clearly there are people this book is for (it's an international success) but I'm not one o ...more
Sara Warren
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute story and definitely makes you change your perspective on how you should deal with life. It was a quick and simple read.
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Raphäelle Giordano is a group coach and a qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator consultant. Founder of Emotone, she collaborates with creativity/innovation, communication, team cohesion, and stress management companies. A graduate from the Ecole Estienne en Art et techniques de communication, her creative mark can be found not only in her pedagogic approach but also in her books. She is the author ...more

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