Tuesday, September 13, 2016

There's Been a Change of Plans by Amy Koko (Review and Giveaway!)

If you are a woman going through mid-life, or a divorce, or in need of a change or a pick-me up, then you will love reading this book.

Book Details:

Book Title: There's Been A Change of Plans, A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife by Amy Koko
Category: Adult Nonfiction, 175 pages
Genre: memoir
Publisher: Martin Brown
Release date: October 2015
Content Rating: R (for use of profanity, particularly the f-word, no explicit sex though)

Book Description:

Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There's Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. Expecting a trip to Italy, Koko is blind-sided by her husband’s confession that he’s been putting his shoes under a much younger and prettier woman's bed. After twenty-seven years of marriage and four children, she faces the unimaginable: her life as she knows it is unraveling around her and her family’s future is anything but certain.

In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron's Heartburn and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.

With incredible honesty and humor, Koko takes the reader on a wild ride through the tough, emotional times of starting over through divorce, mid-life, finding a job, and Internet dating, all the while trying to keep her four teenagers out of jail.

There’s been a change of plans, and that’s just the beginning.

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble

My Review
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

When I picked up this book, I didn't quite know what to expect. I like reading memoirs, particularly those that inspire me. I'm not divorced or dating so would this book appeal to me? The word that struck me in the title is "mid-life". That's what I'm going through right now. So I will tell you right off the bat that I laughed so hard reading this book because, surprisingly, I could relate to so much of what Amy was going through.

I read this book in one day. It's easy to read and Amy writes like she is talking to her best friend. She lays it all bare, no holds barred about the pain and hurt when her husband left her for a younger woman. She is brutally honest and deep inside, as a woman, I was sometimes shocked at what she admitted, but was glad she admitted it, because then one feels less alone, making me think "What? I'm not the only one who's struggling with that?" It made me like her because as open as I am I don't think I could have disclosed what she did. On the other hand, her self-deprecating humor was refreshing. Thank you, girlfriend for making me laugh!

Amy is also Jewish. I have friends who are Jewish (Amy reminds me of one in particular who has the same sense of humor) and I've worked in a Jewish community center so I know that Jews and Italians are so alike. We joke about it. Her incident of going out with Greg the doctor had me in stitches. You'll have to read her memoir to know exactly what I'm talking about. There's nothing boring about this book. It kept my interest throughout and I wished it was longer.  

If you are a woman going through mid-life, or a divorce, or in need of a change or a pick-me up, then you will love reading this book. I must warn you, though, there is a good amount of profanity, especially the f-word in all its formats. Now that I'm done with the book, I'll have to go on over to read her blog because, seriously, laughter is good for you. And Amy gets being a woman who is growing old is a society that glorifies youth and beauty.

Kudos to you, Amy for turning your life around and valuing your worth both as a woman and a mother.

To read more reviews, please visit Amy Koko's page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.

About the Author:

After 27 years of marriage, Amy Koko went into divorce, kicking, screaming, stalking and drunk texting but lived to tell about it. She is the creator of the popular blog Exwifenewlife and a contributor to Huffington Post Divorce as well as Huffington Post Women. Amy lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where she begins each day with a freshly ground cup of good coffee and ends it with a good glass of pinot noir. Or chardonnay. Or a dirty martini. Whatever's handy.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. I'd like to read this because it sounds interesting and intriguing!

  2. I would love to win this book because it sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading.

  3. This book sounds captivating, honest and unique. Thanks.

  4. I didn't think this would be a book I'd be interested in... until I read your review. It really made me want to read it!

    1. I felt the same way when I first read the topic because I'm married and not thinking of divorce but the fact that the author went through a lot of the mid-life changes I'm experiencing made it easy for me to relate to her. And she is hilarious!

  5. Browsing other book reviews while my own tour is going on, and I find something that sounds perfect for me, since my divorce finalized only a few months ago. I'm intrigued!


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