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Liz tells the story of her own path to happiness, along the way seeking revenge on her literary heroes: Jo March has to cope with a soul-sucking job, Elizabeth Bennett shepherds a Duggar-size brood of kids, and Anne Shirley deals with a penny-pinching husband. But every comedy is balanced by tragedy. Angela was one of Liz’s closest friends, a kindred spirit who, at age thirty-one, was diagnosed with cancer. Before Angela, Liz was discontented. But it was the journey she took with this friend that made her realize that her house and its decorations and plumbing and dirty-clothes-covered Man Cave were not burdens to be tweaked and perfected, but blessings to be thankful for.
Posted February 7, 2012
As soon as I started reading My (not so) Storybook Life, I knew it was one of those books that I would not want to put down until I was finished. But then as I neared the end, I made myself slow down because I didn't want it to be over! I knew it was going to be funny and clever, but I had no idea that it would be so deep and sentimental. The literary allusions were great because it took me back to when I read all of those great classics and made me want to re-read them. It had everything I would want in a book, Liz is so incredibly talented, she can make you blush with embarrassment or shame because she actually said the thing you would never admit, but deep down you know that it's true! Then make you laugh out loud with the details of her Lucille Ball-channeling antics. But it also has sweet and touching moments that really make you stop and examine your own inner thoughts and even your belief system. She touches on some pretty serious subjects in this book, but then knows how to bring you back to a smile. She knows how to put just enough of each dimension into her writing to not overdo any one sentiment. I enjoyed every part of this book and I am hoping she writes another one really soon! I know Anne (of Green Gables) would approve ;-)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.