Title: How To Throw Your Life Away
Author: Laurie Ellingham (@)
Date of release: April 14th 2016
Source: I bought it!
Number of pages: 256
Have you ever wondered how much it would take to make you snap? For thirty-two year old Katy Davenport it was the littlest thing… All her boyfriend of five years had to do was answer her question about dinner. Not ignore her. Not continue to watch the football like she didn’t exist.
In that moment Katy snaps. One moment of insanity and Katy throws her life away.
The policeman who arrests her laughs. Her best friend cheers. And her anger management counsellor insists on embarrassing her in front of the entire class. For Katy this is just the beginning as she struggles to find her place in a whole new world where her ex-boyfriend refuses to move out of her house, and Katy finds herself snapping again and again. Will Katy be able to control her anger for long enough to pick up the pieces of her life?
Kathy has a job, a house, a long-time boyfriend. Plenty to make a thirty-something year old woman happy, right?
Well, if your answer was yes, you are wrong. Kathy wants more.
Her dream of a life path filled with a successful career, a wedding and a baby hasn’t happened and she’s forever stuck in adulthood with no prospects of progress any time soon. Depressing, isn’t it?
What if you’re forever left in the queue while everybody else is getting cake?
Nothing has happened to Kathy in so long that her subconscious decided to act on it and made her throw a remote control at her boyfriend. Yes, contrary to what so many people think, girls can throw and she did not miss his face. A bit too much, you say? Add a layoff and an anger management class to the list and here comes the action Kathy was wishing for. Sort of. I am pretty sure this is not what she had in mind, but action is action!
She needed to wear a bra about as much as she needed to be sat in a police interview room wondering if her life would ever be normal again.
The first thing that hit me with this story (no, it was not the remote control) is that Kathy is a character you can relate to the minute you meet her. Kathy is thirty, she had big plans and somewhere along the way she let the flow of life lead her to a dead end. I’m in my twenties, my days look the same, I’m wondering about the dreams I had not so long ago and asking myself if I can also turn into a depressed and empty shell of myself before I get my first wrinkle.
Anger-management class. That is a dirty word! You would totally send me there if you caught me in one of my yelling-at-the-top-of-my-lungs sessions in the middle of the parking lot when someone has stolen my place or a car is obstructing the way out of our private parking lot. Or when I scream at bikers riding onto the sidewalk and expecting me to get out of the way so that their path is cleared… when SIDEWALKS ARE FOR PEDESTRIANS. Hm, all of this to say I could totally see myself in that little room with two policemen asking me why I lost it over something silly. Because you can take so much c**** (for lack of better word) before snapping. From there, everything goes downhill for that poor young woman and the picture of the good life she was living was shattered when the remote control hit its target. I felt so connected to her I was mad at the cop for not understanding, mad at her boyfriend for turning into a couch potato and taking her for granted, mad at her for letting it all happen. Yep, you understand the need for anger-management classes better now, right?
‘The bigger the expectation, and the greater the discrepancy between it and reality, the more anger you’re likely to feel.’
But the story never gets heavy. It’s life turned upside down to the sound of a The Proclaimers’ song.
From the first page, you’re smashed with humor, a character made for a sitcom and a wall of scary decisions to make. Now that the action is on, Kathy must find out if she has the guts to create the life she wanted for herself. Thankfully, she has a best friend, an old friend, voluntary work and a sexy anger-management supervisor to rely on.
How to Throw Your Life Away is the perfect example of how things can go so wrong before getting right. When I was younger, I thought life was a straight path, that the right decisions would keep me out of the woods where the wolfs were and that happiness lay in that neat graveled way. But the path is full of bumps, trash, turns, shrubs that need to be trim. This story reminds us it is okay to stand up for what you want, it is okay to not settle for less, it’s okay to struggle, it is okay to be lost and let others find you before you can find yourself. Filled with tears and laughs, layers of life and bits of luck, I loved every minute of this feel-good story. Thanks to the easy and flowing writing, I grew attached to Kathy and by the end of the book she was an old friend. Her best friend Claire is the neighbor you always need, and love is in the air in more ways than once. Because yes, there is love in this story, despite the remote-control issue! I am not big on hearts and kisses but the love story happened naturally, giving the story an even nicer flow, gently rubbing the characters the right way to help them find happiness.
If you’re looking for a book to take to the bathtub with a glass of wine and a Norah Jones playlist, grab How to Throw Your Life Away, enjoy it, and ask yourself if you’re not just about to snap too!
You can get How to Throw Your Life Away on Amazon