The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir

The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir

by Kristen K. Brown
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The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir by Kristen K. Brown


A YOUNG COUPLE. A NEW BABY. PLANS FOR THE FUTURE. As a wife, new mom and successful career woman, Kristen Brown thinks her life is set. Until one morning, her husband doesn’t wake up.

In this bittersweet memoir, we experience Brown’s new life as a young widow mom grappling with the shock, pain and regret following her husband’s unexpected death while managing a stressful work situation amidst the downfall of the economy. But not wanting to be a “sad mom,” she instead harnesses her emotions into a positive force in her life. Through a process of life-changing experiences like surfing, getting “inked” and starting her own company that takes her to Hollywood, she discovers her life’s purpose to be the role model for her daughter she longs to be–and becomes a role model for others in the process.

Kristen Brown captivates us with her story of transformation that is filled with the universal elements of loss, love, hope, humor and our ongoing search for answers that changes our perspective on the meaning of life and how we should live it. Kristen Brown bares her soul and shows us that loss can color our experiences and empower us to do more, be more and hope for more than we ever thought possible.

“…you will fall deeply for The Best Worst Thing. Kristen Brown opens her tattered heart for all to see, then shares her rocky road back from the edge, as she finds the woman she was meant to be.”
— Julie Bauke, author of Stop Peeing On Your Shoes

"…a powerful journey of love, loss, rebirth, and self-discovery. Kristen has a gift of keen insight, provocative imagery, and raw authenticity…”
— Theresa Rose, award-winning author of Opening the Kimono: A Woman's Intimate Journey Through Life's Biggest Challenges

"You will be captivated from the very first word and may not be able put this book down…she tells her incredible story that will move you emotionally in many ways.”
— Peggy McColl, New York Times Best-Selling Author

Kristen Brown is a widow mom, writer, speaker and founder of Happy Hour Effect®. Nominated for multiple business awards, she showcases her company at Hollywood events, has been featured extensively in the media and has adapted her company message into a training series. She lives in Minneapolis with her daughter and big black Lab.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452533117
Publisher: Balboa Press
Publication date: 04/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 712 KB

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The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers Favorite Todd and Kristen met, dated, fell in love and became the closest two people can be. They traveled, laughed, snuggled and enjoyed each other as individuals. Their wedding was memorable and beautiful as it should be. Brooke came along nine months after they began considering having a child. She was the love of their life and the mark of a change in dynamics for the couple. Struggling to regain what once was there, Kristen is at her wit's end and behaves badly for a while. Then, just when she realized the error in her ways, her beloved Todd suddenly and unexpectedly dies of a heart attack in the night of her sister's wedding. Everyone whose heart Todd touched is in total shock. This book is one woman's journey from anger and disbelief, through the gamut of grief, to survival and moving forward. A gut-wrenching journey of loss so great that the heart might not stand it but somehow Kristen finds her inner strength not just to carry on but to share with others. Two women I went to school with became widows around the same age as Kristen. As I read "The Best Worst Thing", I thought often of those families and the struggles they went through and will face in the future. This is a book of truth, sorrow, joy, and empowerment. I believe that anybody who has a hole left in their heart, the remnants of their loved one passing, will identify with Kristen and her journey. Fair warning: Do not read unless you have tissues nearby!
McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
Kristen K. Brown has it all, until one day when she wakes up to find herself a widow. Not wanting to be what she calls a "sad mom", she sets out to turn her negatives into positives. What follows is this memoir of her journey from the very real edge of despair to a successful, even joyous life that she created. From surfing to "getting inked", starting her own business (which takes her to Hollywood), with sheer determination, she becomes the ultimate role model. Her book is inspirational, but her life is a tribute to what a woman and a mother can do when she is faced with serious life decisions. This book is also confirmation as to what love can do, and does.
Countrysunset More than 1 year ago
How can "The Best Worst Thing" change your life forever? Kristen K. Brown tells her very emotional tale of love, tragedy and loss, and the re-birth of her life in this newly published story. She relates her tale of meeting and loving her dear husband, Todd, and how their journey at first seemed as timeless and ordinary as the next couple's, but ended just in six short years time as an unknown heart condition destroyed their tranquility. Follow her story as she faces the grief of her loss, the daunting job of being a single parent, and the re-emergence of herself as she finds what in life makes her feel whole again. This was a very emotional read for me. I can't imagine the over-whelming grief that this author has gone through and to come out in a completely happy place is just wonderful. Her writing style is so honest and every-day that you can really get to know her and I thoroughly enjoyed that. I would highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an inspirational memoir that is genuinely tragic but uplifiting in the end. This book was kindly provided to me by it's wonderful author for my honest review.
KellyBB More than 1 year ago
Once I picked this book up, I did not stop reading until I got to the end late that same night. Kristen's story is both heartbreaking and uplifting. I cried and then cheered for Kristen as she peered over the edge and found the strength to turn around and make her new life work. As a Mom of two girls, her utter focus on being a positive role model for her daughter is a great reminder of how we should think every day, not only when tragedy strikes. Her honesty about her daily struggles is refreshing. Through this book, Kristen not only keeps Todd's memory alive for her daughter, but for everone who is impacted by their story.
JanetteFuller More than 1 year ago
"The Best Worst Thing", by Kristen K. Brown, is the story of a 34-year-old widow, mother, author and entrepreneur, who has found a way to deal with tragedy and manage the stress that goes along with it. Kristen Brown found herself a young widowed mother when her husband died of a heart attack at the age of 30. Kristen experienced feelings of grief, regret, denial and anger as she struggled to survive the days following her husband's death. This is a true story of love, loss, rebirth and self-discovery. This book is an amazing journey through the grief process and into a new life of acceptance and happiness. It was hard to put this book down. Kristen really opened her heart and exposed her inner-most feelings. Most of us can't imagine what it would be like to lose a spouse at such a young age. This book will teach you how to mend a broken heart. Healing and acceptance is what this book is all about. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many different things to get out of this book it is a must-read for anyone entertaining the pursuit of happiness. Kristen makes an incredible transformation after the tragedy of losing her husband much too young. Read for a new perspective on marriage, grief, parenthood, career, stress, depression, chasing your dreams, and living outside your comfort zone. This book is a life-changer. You will laugh and cry--hard, and you won't want to put it down.
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