How Not To Be A Loser

How Not To Be A Loser

by Beth Moran


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Amy Piper is a loser. She’s lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.

But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows it’s time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house…

What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running group of women who call themselves The Larks, she finds both. Not to mention their inspiring (and rather handsome) coach, Nathan.

Once upon a time Amy was a winner - at life, at sport and in love. Now, with every ounce of strength she has left, she is determined to reclaim the life she had, for herself and for Joey. And who knows, she might just be a winner again – at life, sport, and love, if she looks in the right places…

Uplifting, funny and unforgettable, Beth Moran returns with a joyous tale of friendship, love and facing your fears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781838893378
Publisher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.72(d)

Customer Reviews

How Not To Be A Loser 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele 4 days ago
Directed and managed since childhood, Amy Piper hasn’t left her house for over two years, hasn’t spoken to her family in over thirteen years, and her only actual contact with the outside world (aside from her work-at-home job) is her son Joey and her former coach CeCe. Extreme agoraphobia combined with panic attacks have crippled her and left her unable to see her son swim, although she has watched his meets on video and tries to manage his life as best she can with help. Until a recognition that she needs to change, and starts on a self-guided plan – her “How Not to be a Loser” plan, taking small steps and engaging the former competitor that she buried some thirteen years ago when her life went pear shaped and she was the focus of tabloids and gossip columns after chucking in her spot in the Olympics and her promise as “the nation’s best chance”. With an unexpected pregnancy, desertion by the father, her own family disowning her and struggling to find her way with CeCe being both parent and support – her world has shrunk significantly and drastically. But she’s not happy with it – and feels that CeCe’s training methods were big contributors to her current issues. A desperate need for medicine for her son, and having cut CeCe out of her life – Amy is faced with her greatest fear – outdoors – and is helped by Nathan who finds her, an utter mess not steps from the Chemist. Nearing closing time, and being off kilter, Nathan offers his help and a suggestion that she come meet The Larks, a group of people working on their fitness that he believes will be good for her. And here is where the story takes off: from Amy’s falling on a solo run before daybreak, to being found and rescued by the Larks: their commando-raid style friendship – pushing, inviting themselves in, demanding her time and attention, it’s not long before Amy is, if not ‘comfortable’ outdoors, at least able to attend early morning runs. Here’s where Moran’s skills in storytelling and creating a compelling character in Amy, with a solid backstory, a son that she’d do almost anything for, and her own history as a teenaged swimming phenom that we see the roots of her anxiety, and just how easily it was for it to become the monster that isolated her from everything. It takes nearly a year, and the progress is often two steps forward and five back, but the glimmers of the “old Amy” and her competitive nature, along with her developing relationship with Nathan, her son’s success at swimming, and a community pool complex being named after her ‘swimmer self” the support of friends, plenty of determination and a sudden realization of all she has to offer, and all that others have overcome and still get up and out in the morning will have you cheering her on, celebrating the small victories, worrying at the setbacks and wanting to have your own crew of Larks to be there for support and friendship. A favorite read that I couldn’t put down – this story takes you into the thoughts (or some of them) that are common to us all, overwhelming to those with crippling anxiety, and gives tiny little coping mechanisms for dealing with it all. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
AMGiacomasso 4 days ago
A poignant and heartwarming story that kept me turning pages as fast as I could. Amy is fantastic characters and I loved she was well written. The plot is engrossing and flows, the characters are well thought and you cannot help rooting for Amy. It was an excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
TheBlondieReviewer 5 days ago
This book is one of those books that you don't really know where the story will take you, what the characters will do or why are they behaving that way, it will keep you intrigued, wanting to know more and more about the story. It is also a book that will bring so much to you, a book full of compassion, hope, empathy, friendship, and love, it is a story of second changes about giving yourself that time out to recover what you lost during dose hard times we all have in our daily lives. Amy lost so much in her life, she is feeling tired to have all these issues controlling her freedom and happiness, she feels paralyzed and even angry with herself that she is not able to be near her son in the most important moments in his life.. she really wants to change this situation and finally take charge of her feelings and illnesses that are causing her to be that lonely and secluded. but it is not an easy task, she will have to rely on other people and break many of her rules to be able to finally move on even if in the process her heart and soul will hurt but shine at the same time. This was a very beautiful story about second chances and friendship, I really enjoy the great support Amy had, the great friendships she built and the loveling relationship she had with her son Joey. he was everything to her, he was the real reason for her to finally take many steps that before were so paralyzing but now looks the only way to show him all her support. Great secondary characters, they really brought so much to the story, more depth and even more happiness to Amy's life, I laugh so much with their shenanigans and cry so much with their problems, and stories that made us more aware how we often assume beside asking and helping others. What I really love about How Not To Be A Loser, it is the message, the love, the friendship between The Larks, no matter how many different stories and backgrounds they have or the past stories they had been carrying around at the end the empathy and sensibility of these women win every single time. My only observation about the book is that I had a hard time identifying the dialogs it took me time to figure the flowing of the book but other than that it was great, amazing and super recommended!!
4GranJan 5 days ago
Wonderfully Inspirational Look at Mental Illness What an inspirational book! It is also very humorous. It would be wonderful if this book would change the gossip mongers and bullies, but it won't. It is a sanitizer look at depression and mental illness through the eyes of an Olympic has-been and single mother. Even though it is a piece of fiction, it shares some basic truths about friendship and hand-holding. I have read several of this author's books and they are wonderful pieces that occupy the readers' brain and soul for some time after reading. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
GraceJReviewerlady 6 days ago
Such a positive story! A fabulous read and especially for everyone who has struggled, or is currently struggling, with life. Amy has problems in her life - she wrestles her way through each day but has managed to stay on almost top of it all for the sake of Joey, her thirteen year old son. Until one day she decides that she wants more; she wants to get back to the person she once was when she controlled her body and not the other way round. So she joins a running group - who could have known where that would lead? A really sweet and touching read, this deals with normal people and the issues they have to face everyday, but in a wonderful, upbeat way. Everyone is just trying to do their best and it makes for very entertaining reading. Flawed characters, smooth writing and an excellent plot with some really low moments and plenty of highs made this a thoroughly enjoyable read, and definitely one I would recommend. A fabulous four shining stars!