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Breakup Boot Camp

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  679 ratings  ·  101 reviews
After weeks of training to whip Joanna Kitt into shape for her big day, her picture-perfect engagement to her high school sweetheart is torn in two, and Joanna is left out on her perfectly toned rear end. To put the past and her heartache behind her, she sets off for two weeks at the renowned Retreat House Breakup Boot Camp in Topsail Island off the coast of North ...more
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Firefly Hill Press, LLC
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Lisa Mandina
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the other books I read by this author, the Campfire series which started with One S'more Summer, so I was very excited to read this one. It was a pretty good story overall. I liked a lot of the things that she learned to do to help out with her feelings at the Breakup Boot Camp. There were definitely some things that can be applied to real life for any time you're feeling down. I also loved having a connection back to the characters from the earlier series that I love, that was ...more
Kristy Mauna
Breakup Boot Camp was a fun, empowering read! My favorite part of this story was our main character, Joanna, because she felt relatable in many ways and I really loved seeing her development throughout the book. This is a story about losing your way only to find the path you were always meant to be on. <3
Aug 02, 2020 marked it as abandoned
It is hard for me to sympathize with anyone who can afford to go to a break up boot camp. I should have read the blurb (whats up with its first sentence?). ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
"Breakup Boot Camp" by Beth Merlin was a wonderful story featuring a fantastic main character, Joanna Kitt. I loved Joanna and the way she threw herself into life after her breakup with her high school sweetheart, Sam. She really took advantage of the opportunity to examine what went wrong and own up to her mistakes, and I especially admired her ability to acknowledge the part she played in the breakdown of the relationship. Joanna was so much stronger and more independent than she gave herself ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Beth Merlin!! Shes becoming one of my all-time favorite authors! Loved the references to her other series. Beths writing style is so natural and pulls you in so easily. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I was sent an eARC of this from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

This is certainly not the kind of book I would usually reach for however if you are a lover of any sort of romance 'chicklit' esque book, this may very well appeal to you. It is a journey of re-discovery and the steps that one must sometimes take to move on.

I found the latter quarter of the book much more interesting than the firs three quarters as it showed a lot more depth to the characters, especially the main
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
I started this book back in February when I was sitting on a beach in Dominican living my best life. I think I got half way through before we headed home and then I never touched it again. That is until this week. It's been in the high 30°'s making me think of my last vacation and being on a beach!

I really liked that this book focused more on healing than just a happily every after. If I could afford this camp, I would go for the relaxation and self love, who needs the broken heart? There will
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 cranky stars

This book was like a breath of fresh air. It was a different concept, after her breakup from a long relationship with Sam, Jo was persuaded to go to a breakup boot camp which was an idyllic place on the beach facing the ocean. It was a place to learn to love yourself and become the person deep inside. There were yoga classes and surfing lessons along with spa treatments including one I have never heard of but I won't forget it!!!!

Although a predictable ending it was well written
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, well written story! I loved all of the healing antics at the boot camp - super clever, while also being really metaphorically significant. It was a lighthearted read, while still being smart and inspiring. I think everyone who reads it will find it relatable. Well done, Beth. I can't wait to read whatever you publish next!
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Uplifting and inspiring!

Joanna Kitt is engaged to be married to a guy she loved since high school. The story starts with her very early training for the big day. But when she finds out that he cheated on her, her life falls apart. The lady at the wedding shop recommends Breakup Boot Camp. She throws herself into the program. But there is more to the story than just heartbreak. Joanna was not OK even before that happened and now is her chance to start to live again.

The story is very
Baca Buku
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was recommended in my reading feed as a romance... but it isn't really one. We have two people meeting, seeing potential in being together and ending up with an HEA, but the middle part - the development of the relationship - is mostly missing.
That doesn't mean this was a bad book. There was a lot that kept my interest. I see it as a combination of women's lit, self-help book and reference manual. The story revolves around a breakup, but the book is really about friendship, childhood
Gail G
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty deep

I was surprised at the gamut of emotions I went through reading this book. The beginning was pretty funny with the Bridal Boot Camp and I didnt think the book would be that deep or get as serious as it did.

I would recommend it as it forces you to see what is important but there are parts that are tear jerkers. The heroine and others must work through their past mistakes.

My only thoughts are the friendships seemed a little fast to be so deep. I find many people as they get older are
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is, in my view, one of those books where the cover simply doesn't reflect the content at all.  For my money, it undersells the story.

And the story itself?  Well, superficially at least, it's a reasonably light tale of a bride-to-be finding herself again after heartbreak.  But there are layers to this book - particularly around Jo's family and her history. I'm not going to lie, there were parts of this book that I found deeply emotional.  

Overall, a well balanced story that didn't rush to
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was engaging enough I finished it in one day. It was a heartwarming story of real-life struggles that had me laughing, crying, & cheering.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Refreshing read

A romance that is easy to read and involved...never expected it to bring tears to my eyes. Pick it up and get entranced.
Alexandra Ferguson
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I loved that the central theme was more about finding yourself vs just finding someone new. And her realizations about herself were spot on! I will definitely recommend this book to other people!
Janet Simmons
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. Joanna Kitt is a very strong relatable main character in this book. She really pulls you into the story so you feel like you are right there with her all the time. All the circumstances in this book are so relatable, if they haven't happened to us, we know someone else they have. One minute I was laughing and the next I had tears forming.. such a wonderful book. Will reccomend to anyone to read it
Michelle Goldfinch
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great fun read. A bit of romance, lots of heartaches but romance wins in the end. Terrific characters that I really got involved with, I wanted to know what was happening to them and that things were going to get better.
What I really liked in this book was the author didn't just rely on the boy meets girl and everything gets better. This heroine grew and changed and made herself stronger along the way.
I really enjoyed this book.
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joanna and Sam were high school sweethearts! Joanna couldn't ask for more, marrying her childhood sweetheart and a body that would turn heads as a result of her bridal boot camp. She thought life couldn't get any better until her world came crashing down. Sam was cheating on her. Trying to get her out of her depression, Joanna joins up to a breakup boot camp. Where do I sign up!!! Yoga, surfing, meditation and self love yes please. Here Joanna meets amazing friends and also an amazing chef Todd. ...more
Mack Black
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was enjoyable while also helpful. I liked the things she learned at her camp for dealing with a breakup.
It was cute and funny and kept me turning the pages.
Joanna was a real down to life character that was relatable and she wasn't afraid to own her mistakes and try to better herself. I really resonated with her and felt for her after her breakup with her high school sweetheart. She certainly showed that you can always find your way again even in the toughest of storms.
The search for
Suzanne Gillis
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like Beth Merlin and her ability to create characters you want to root for, even the "bad guys" in this book were multidimensional, flushed out characters who had reasons behind how they acted. I really appreciated the protagonist's growth trajectory and her ability to empathize with the people in her life by the end. It was an uplifting read in a time when I really needed it, thanks Beth Merlin.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviewed for Chick Lit Central (

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Beth Merlins Campfire series, I looked forward to reading Breakup Boot Camp, and it was another five-star experience! The premise behind the Retreat House in Topsail Island felt unique and fresh, not like anything Ive ever read before. Joanna takes off for the coast of North Carolina in order to heal her broken heart, and I couldnt help but wish for that type of place when Id gone through my own
Firefly Hill Press
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are so so proud of Beth Merlin and this title. It is the first that Merlin writes outside the world of The Campfire Series, but man, she writes like a seasoned pro who navigates the tough waters of intriguing plot and authentic emotion. Her writing strengthens with every book she crafts and this book offers awesome little Easter eggs that fans of the Campfire Series will just LOVE.

My favorite aspect of Beth's stories is that she focuses on the women, not the relationships that society claims
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The title and cover made me expect this to be a run-of-the-mill chick lit novel; somehow whilst slotting in to the category it managed to be so much more and I am genuinely unsure how the author pulled it off. Is it the nuanced characters, the generally realistic situations, the flat out refusal to give us an ending neatly tied up in a romantic bow? Whatever it was I did genuinely enjoy the read and found myself looking forward to grabbing a spare 10 ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book 4*. There were a lot of things I liked about it. There were many emotional moments for the main character that touched me and made me sympathize with her. My heart wrenched when she learned of Sam's affair, and her guilt about her relationship with her mother had me tearing up. It was not the fluffy romance I was expecting, and maybe that was part of the problem. In the end, I just found myself unsatisfied. Joanna had a lot of issues, and while the exploration ...more
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
What an interesting story of self discovery. When we meet Joanna, she is happily engaged to the only man she's ever been in a relationship with and is working on her perfect wedding. High school sweethearts, how romantic. Until it's not.
As Joanna's life starts to implode she is left distraught and grieving the relationship she thought she had. Through an interesting recommendation, Joanna decides to give Breakup Boot Camp a try.
I have to say, one of my favorite characters of this whole story
Jayna' (Coffee & Copyrights)
I really wanted to love love love this book, but I couldn't.

WONDERFUL premise. AMAZING concept. I loved the idea of the protagonist going off to a Breakup Boot Camp and focusing on herself. I did get a bit confused by some of the choice offerings at the boot camp (porn star as a teacher)... I wasn't opposed to the concept, but the class was just... just... okay Let me not get off track.

I loved Sam and I loved Joanna initially... I found myself really caring about the characters and what happened
Goth Gone Grey
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, fiction
Rich with honest emotion and humor

Starting with the unforgettable image of a Bridal Boot Camp workout class, the book begins in a memorable fashion. It meanders to an ugly breakup, and escape to Breakup Boot Camp, described as shown here:

"So far this week, Id taken a dominatrix class, surfed for the first time, went oyster harvesting, and now I could add the V-Steam to my list of post-Sam adventures. Maybe that was the real purpose of the Boot Camp, to take you so far outside your comfort zone
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I must admit, I picked this up because it seemed so original to me. I mean, Breakup Boot Camp? Are you for real? I had to know if this was for real. And damned if it was!

This was a very refreshing novel. It is a romance Novel, but above else, it's about self-acceptance and building yourself back up.

I had a little bit of a hard time getting sucked into this. I found it long before anything happens, and I was just about ready to give up when it happened. I really love how Ms. Beth Merlin
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