‘Fierce. Game-changing. Urgently necessary. Brilliant, brilliant and did I say brilliant?’
‘Pacy, vivid, compelling and very, VERY funny … it will help so many’
‘A fucking classic. Required reading for all women and men and I believe it’s going to be the book of 2022’
‘Fuck, this is good. Every page feels important’
Actor, writer and hopeless romantic Rebecca Humphries had often been called crazy by her boyfriend. But when paparazzi caught him kissing his Strictly Come Dancing partner, she realised the only crazy thing was believing she didn’t deserve more.
Forced into victimhood by the story, Rebecca chose to reclaim her power, posting her thoughts on social media, including advice for other women who might be experiencing what she realised she’d managed to escape: a toxic, oppressive relationship. A flood of support poured in, but amongst the well-wishes was a simple question with an infinitely complex answer: ‘If he was so bad, why did you stay?’
Empowering, unflinching and full of humour, this book takes that question and owns it. Using her relationship history, coming of age stories and experiences since the scandal during Strictly, Rebecca explores why good girls are drawn to darkness, whether pop culture glamourises toxicity, when a relationship ‘rough patch’ becomes the start of a destructive cycle, if women are conditioned for co-dependency, and – ultimately – how to reframe disaster into something magical.
‘The best [book] about relationships since Three Women’
CAROLINE SANDERSON, THE BOOKSELLER
‘So funny and heart-breaking. So stunningly written. For any woman who has been asked ‘why did you stay?’, Rebecca Humphries’ book is a hilarious and brilliant read’
‘Very, very good’
‘A magical, magical book’
‘So thoughtful and moving and funny and sad and great, I love it so, so much. I resented having to put it down’
‘Her thought-provoking story should be required reading for anyone in a relationship’
‘A memoir every woman needs to read’
‘This book isn’t an ice-cold revenge opus; it’s a diary of self-discovery, a celebration of friendship, resilience and finding one’s self-worth…is it worth the hype? Absolutely: I had to stop myself from reading it one grateful gulp’
LAURA PULLMAN, STYLE
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