Review: Shut Up & Dance!

Published July 13, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Maybe if I had taken the time to really listen to that zombie werewolf when he was growling at me all those years ago, I would have realized that he didn’t want to eat me – all he really wanted was a date!

Unfortunately, Jamie Rose’s excellent Shut Up & Dance! didn’t exist then. Long loved for her authentically powerful performances in such terror draped epics as Just Before Dawn, Playroom and Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town, Rose has proven herself to be quite a writer with this memoir style self-help tome.

Inspired by how the techniques used in tango improved her own tempestuous relationship, the book’s obvious targets are those that are looking to improve a relationship (or find one) and lovers of dance. But, Shut Up actually has plenty of good advice and some powerful (daily) attitude changers for the happily single, as well.

"I DID listen. I did NOT like what I heard!"

“I DID listen. I did NOT like what I heard!”

Most significant are the pages wherein Rose illustrates how little we truly pay attention to our fellow passengers in this crazy ride called life and how just a little active listening can truly change our perspective and radically improve our lives. Compassion and empathy, also, rule the day here as Rose provides many personal examples of how she learned to corral the more destructive aspects of her take charge nature.

Thus, with blistering honesty and positive humor, Rose compels with a friendly, understanding voice – a truly difficult feat for a first time writer. Wisely, she also allows multiple perspectives to shine in this easy-to-read guide by devoting a nice amount of space to the reflections of the fascinating women she has met on her journey to true (yet constantly worked for) happiness.

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Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE!

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