Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, who is as known for her relationships as for her career choices, was papped in L.A. yesterday carrying a copy of the popular relationship advice book Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl — A Woman’s Guide to Holding Her Own in a Relationship. Hewitt’s most recent relationship, with actor Jared Einsohn, ended last month. Since then, she’s been getting the media treatment previously reserved for Jessica Simpson: lots of photos of her looking sad or eating chocolate. Now, she’s getting plenty of snark for walking around with a self-help book.
JLH has never been my favorite actress, and I don’t think I ever made it through an entire episode of The Ghost Whisperer. But buying a self-help book is one of the least offensive things she could do. If she’s still struggling with a breakup or the feelings that resulted from the end of a relationship, a book like that might help her gain a sense of perspective. When my friend “Marie” split with her boyfriend of three years, no amount of supportive girlfriends telling her she was better off without him would do the trick, but a copy of It’s Called a Breakup Because It’s Broken helped get the info through her skull. It turned out that what Marie really needed was an objective third party who didn’t know her or her ex personally to help her see what had gone wrong and why. A self-help book shouldn’t replace a therapist, but it’s good for getting through a bad week.
There is one thing about this situation that’s a little weird, though – Hewitt is herself the author of a relationship advice book. Her book The Day I Shot Cupid, where she outed herself as a “loveaholic,” was published a year ago. Does this mean we should disregard all the advice she dispensed? Or is this merely market research for an upcoming sequel?