A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

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A woman discovers her marriage is built on an illusion in this harrowing and ultimately inspiring memoir. "Be forewarned: You won't sleep until you finish the last page. " &́#x80;”Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World One night. One email. Two realities... Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter. After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage. In alternating Before and After chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. With the pacing and twists of a psychological thriller, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing looks at how a fairy tale can become a nightmare and what happens when "it could never happen to me" actually does.
Publisher: 2017
ISBN: 9780735216501
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kennedyg24
Feb 25, 2021

honestly finished this book in one day and it was worth the read it was very one sided but ultimately a good book for any one trying to find their own self worth and strength in life. Jen shared her personal story of how to love yourself more than a man and that was beautiful to read.

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zevana17
Mar 25, 2020

Abysmally poor writing unredeemed by any nuance or insight prompted me to quit before halfway through this childish, self-indulgent memoir of a psychologically battered bride.

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abcDena
Mar 18, 2020

Well, the protagonist is as smart as a stack of bricks, but it was fun to read. Took me less than half a day to gobble up. I call this kind of book tabloid terrible. The one-star reviews are correct, but so are the five-star reviews. So, 5 stars!

It's available to borrow right here on Overdrive:

https://hpl.overdrive.com/media/3064381

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sallyjo1976
Mar 09, 2020

I couldn't finish it. Besides being pretty cringe-worthy writing, I found myself strongly disliking the author. She comes off as unhinged--even before her awful husband begins gaslighting her. She unwittingly paints herself as controlling and immature. It reads like a diary of a high school girl, and the pointless, banal dialogue is utterly obnoxious ("babe" and "baby" all the time alone is enough to make my gag reflex kick in). I certainly hope she hasn't used her ex-husband's real name, as he does have two children in the world. She seems to be a bit of a narcissist herself, ignoring the fact that it could be extremely detrimental for her own daughter. Also, it seems her only "diagnosis" of her ex-husband comes from her Google searches. Is she kidding? I got to the part where she sees her own therapist once or twice and, based on the author's story, the therapist diagnoses a man she's never met or treated? Come on. This seems dangerous and ridiculous all at once. This book is terrible. I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time on this.

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ctkvlk
Jan 30, 2019

Fascinating portrayal of the type of sick people that are out there. The author is an amazingly resilient woman. Her ex-husband is scum. Sad but true.

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jerksister1
Jan 14, 2019

More terrible than beautiful. A very one-sided story of a marriage breakup. Found the narrative very self-serving but continued reading with the hope there might be some self-awareness of being perhaps partly responsible for the marital difficulties with her unrealistic fairy tale attitude. Knew that was not going to happen when she started diagnosing her ex with Google-defined psychiatric illnesses. Very irresponsible, and apparently is planning to become a counselor?! A very disappointing story.

PimaLib_NormS Mar 21, 2018

Jen Waite has written a beautiful, terrible book entitled, “A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal”. This is a rollercoaster of a book, alternating between a beautiful, head-over-heels, I’ve-found-my-soulmate love story in chapters titled “Before”, and a terrible story of lies, deceit and betrayal in the “After” chapters. In the Befores, the author’s joy just leaps off the page, and it is natural to be happy for her, for them. Then, along comes an After, and one cannot stop wondering why a person would behave so badly toward someone to whom he has expressed his undying, everlasting love. It is important to note that this is only one side of the story. I wonder, what would the husband say in his book? I guess he would attempt to explain it all away, as he tried to do with his wife. However, it does seem clear that he was the one who cheated; therefore, I would be more inclined to believe the cheat-ee rather than the lying, sociopathic cheat-er. Surely, writing this book was a cathartic act for Jen Waite, but opening up one’s life for the world to see and scrutinize and judge, takes uncommon courage and an openness that not many of us have.

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runningbeat
Jan 09, 2018

A memoir of incredible power. Its a harrowing and inspiring account of a woman who finds a strength forged by fire when everything she believed in turns out to be an illusion.
How do we really know the ones we love? Sometimes we don't. It's possible to fall in love with evil and can happen to anyone. Be warned, you won't fall asleep until you finish this book.

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Butterfly121761
Nov 21, 2017

I gave a one star rating based on 1/2 star for all the hype about this book and 1/2 star for the cover. I didn't finish it, I tried hard to continue just based on the hype but found it rather immature rather than inspiring. There is another reviewer who made a comment about all the "babe" in the style. I agree - UGH. So after I put it down my next read is already proving to be very exciting and I have a feeling that I'll be posting a positive review once I'm done my next read!

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Brontina66
Oct 08, 2017

I must confess, I am not sure how to rate this book. On one side it is certainly an empowering story of overcoming grief and gaining self-confidence. Jen, the author and the narrator, reveals everything about the horrible betrayal of her husband and about how she had to find the strength inside herself to go on and start a new life with her baby daughter. On the other hand, there were some things that bothered me and made the writer somehow lose credibility. For example, there are (too) many references to her daughter Louise, which made the book boring in parts. We read about nursing Lulu, changing Lulu, trying to calm down a perennially screaming Lulu....and that not counting the horror tale of giving birth to Lulu! This is a personal opinion, of course, but I found all these details distracting and, frankly, extremely boring. Then, some points are not clear to me. Jen tells us that she invests her own money in a restaurant that Marco and two friends of his want to open, but Marco is forever working for a boss. So, what happens to The Thirsty Owl? Do they open and own it or not? Finally - and this was what annoyed me most - why doesn't Jen go directly to a divorce lawyer and strips Marco of everything he owns? Towards the end, she talks about a picture of him and his lover on a yacht, so he must have made some money. In an interview that I read, she says that she has sole custody of Lulu, but I would be happier knowing that Marco has been left without a penny. In conclusion, I gave this book 3 out 5 stars. I like the story and that Jen wants to become a therapist, but I wish I had seen her more assertive and angry throughout the book.

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