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Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends.


Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, "You are si...more
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published April 17th 2011 (first published April 11th 2011)
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Dixie Goode
Anya Michaels story of the changes that happen in the sudden discovery that she is sick with a rare neurological disorder, is a moving, emotional, sometimes sad, often human and compassionate novel. It hasn't been edited to a polish and yet it is compelling enough to hold ones attention through the moments when you stumble and have to look again at the text. It is written in odd little blocks of poetry and letters and essays that seem as if each one could stand alone, so that at times I just let...more
Jen Lynn
After reading the book description, I was expecting this to be a heavy, emotional story about a woman who was diagnosed with a neurological disorder. I thought it would follow her through how she was diagnosed, her treatment, and outcome. What I got was a series of short diary-like entries of a woman filing what felt like complaints about everything from social networking to abuse, but very little about the disease or her experiences through it. It was really hard to get into for that reason. Yo...more
Stuart Aken
This book, described and promoted as 'Women's Fiction', reads like a memoir. This, together with information given me in a blog interview with the author (use the link if you wish to read it: http://stuartaken.blogspot.com/2011/0... ), leads me to believe it's a fictionalised account of real events. It's not uncommon, of course, for writers to present their life stories as fiction and, as often as not, it's done to protect those they grew up with. All that said, this novel reads like a life stor...more
Ravina Andrea Kurian
I bought this on a whim when looking for another book and I'm glad I did. Anya's voice is strong and consistent. Even when you get to the last page, her voice comes back to you as if to tell you the lessons you are taking away from this book will stay with you for a lifetime. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve on themselves or learn from life's lessons. If you're looking for a book that does not make you think, then don't read this one. As a writer Poikilos, has a unique...more
Cassy
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Nicole Rivera
When faced with a life-altering event, we all change our view of the world as we turn in our rose-colored glasses for the stark, harsh perspective seen through the clear lenses of reality. In "Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out" Anya experiences this transformation when she learns she is suffering from a rare disease called Pseudotumor Cerebri.

In a style reminiscent of Sandra Cisnero's "The House on Mango Street" Pandora Poikolos shows us all that Anya is thinking, and the woman she has becom...more
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
I have to admit, the beginning of the book seemed to ramble on and on about things that did not connect to the story. I found this distracting, I kept trying to figure out when everything was going to come together, but it never did in the way I was expecting. The bounce from subject to subject was also a bit random and difficult to follow at points. In my opinion there was not much of a story line and I was constantly waiting for one to appear. Also, the synopsis I read previous to starting thi...more
Sheila
I’ve never kept a diary. If I did, I wonder what I’d put in it. Essays describing, defining, and righting the world? Poems to hide my secrets? Cynical diatribes? I don’t know. But the protagonist of Pandora Poikilos’ novel Excuse Me, My Brains have stepped out, having just been diagnosed with a neurological disease, starts writing a diary in the form of letters to her absent father. Recognizing how others misuse the brains they’ve been given, the protagonist wonders if it’s she or they needing b...more
Amanda
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I liked it, but it wasn't really what I was expecting from the blurb, so there was constantly a disconnect there. We don't meet Anya until after her diagnosis, and the whole story is told in a series of letters about her past written to her father. Each of these vignettes focus on a different subject, friendship, trust, embracing life. This could have been a negative depressing book, but it was upbeat and positive for the most part. My favorite lin...more
Donna
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Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends. Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, "You are sick." Being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a t...more
Corinne Rodrigues
I was enraptured by Anya's story - to hell and back, as it were...And through it she's able to get insights on all the people in her life - the abusers and the users and also those who walk with her through her journey of pain and fear. She finds love within herself and the man who loves her unconditionally. Pandora Poikilos managed to make me cry and smile and most of all be inspired to live each day with meaning.
Diane
I found this a well written touching your heart book.
You will find that you will have a complete different look at life and the many situations you have gone through

You will find yourself laughing and crying with Anya as you see her going through a change in her life.
Kate
** For my full review please check out http://backofthebookreviews.com/ **

A very good book, with some fantastic life lessons. I felt that this book reached out to me and spoke about many things that i have been through with a different condition.
Michaelle Douglas
I love this book it was pack with a lot of humor and historical fact written in a fashion that were not boring. The author pull a human feeling to the book. Excellent.
Carrie
When I read this book, it wasn’t at all what I expected. Written in epistolary or journal entry format the reader gets to see Anya’s POV on life and the people she encounters. Based on the blurb above I was expecting the novel to show me Anya going from a normal, active, social woman to one who is isolated and forgotten once her medical condition becomes public knowledge. Instead I am told about the people in Anya’s life who either stick by her or take off during her illness.

I’m not a huge fan o...more
Ruth Hill
I will admit that this was not a favorite book of mine on many levels, but I truly felt it deserved a 4-star rating for several reasons. This is a different sort of book than you will probably ever read, and if you don't sit down and truly digest it, you are sure to miss some very important messages within the book.

The style in which this story is told is very unique. Anya writes all of her thoughts and ideas during this horrific time in her life as letters to her father. I will not provide spoi...more
Laura
Anya is living a normal life, that is until she finds out she has a rare neurological disorder, that affects not only her vision but her life, with painful spinal taps, and the critisism she recieves from those around her.

This book reads more like an inspirational, memoir, or a "be a better you" self help type book. It was not at all what I thought it was going to be from the description and going into the book, I thought it would be more about Anya's daily struggles with this disease, and about...more
Peanut
A passion for reading means that you search the world over for books that heighten the spectrum of emotion, experience, and the human condition. You want so badly to be absorbed into a story so raw and so powerful that you're literally just sucked into the tightest spaces between the words. "Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out" by Pandora Poikilos did that for me. Who knew that a title so breezy and humor-laden would suck me in so aggressively and unrelentingly? And to think I almost didn't re...more
Trish
First and foremost I have to say that the protagonist was endlessly going on about seemingly random stuff that at least I could not connect to her most of the time. Secondly, at more than one point I was asking myself the question "How did she get from her last subject to this one?!". It just didn't make sense to me.
It was a series of letters to her father and yes, sometimes one could see that the topic was something that had happened to her in the past - but most of the time that wasn't so. She...more
Gina
This book is written in the form of letters to the author's father about what the author feels at any certain time. The author has been diagnosed with a rare brain disorder where her spinal fluid builds up and causes too much pressure in her head causing headaches, nausea, and visual disturbances. The symptoms are much like a migraine headache. I suffer from cluster migraine headaches that can last for a day to weeks to months and then suddenly stop only to come back at some undetermined point....more
Erica Lovett
“Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out” is an epistolary novel told through the letters of a woman named Anya to her beloved father. At the very beginning, Anya is diagnosed with a very rare brain condition that requires surgery and a lengthy recovery.
Her diagnosis sends Anya into a path of self-discovery and reflection on both herself and the people and world that surround her, and in each of her letters she tackles a different theme, from the strength of friendship to materialism to frenemies...more
Jillian
What an interesting book, and although the cover does not reveal anything about the serious topic in this book, it is an eye opener and insight story into the life of the main personality Anya Michaels. She has a brain condition, which will put her into a comatic state at one point in her life.

You might think it is all about feeling sorry, but in fact that is not the case. The main character used to be a social butterfly, and ends up being ignored and isolated from her friends when her disease t...more
Ariana
This was a wonderfully surprising book. At first glance, the premise—It Girl abruptly finds her charmed world turned upside down—seems to tread familiar, albeit fun, territory. But Pandora Poikilos’ clever narrative device holds together beautifully, like a Greek tragedy, in which Anya Mitchell is a fabulous, pixilated, one-of-a-kind creation, who doesn’t say one boring thing in the entire novel. This is a story about digression; like a mind at work, a mind in the consideration of the past, it d...more
Musefall
"Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out" is an inspiring story for anyone who ever thought that the whole world could use a good dose of common sense and sanity. The main character, Anya, voices her mind through a journal addressed to her father as she explores past experiences in her life and uses her empathy to find hope for the future.

Diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, Pseudotumor Cerebri, the character, Anya, shows us just how drastically someone's world can change when they become...more
Monica
The story centers around Anya, whose world starts to crumble after she is diagnosed with a neurological disorder. Anya is then swiftly abandoned by the very people she cares about, herm mother, her boyfriend, and her friends. She learns to cope by examining her life and writing letters to her now absent father. Anya has gone through a hard time growing up with a mother that cares more about herself than her oldest daughter. This book was a truly insightful book about a young woman rediscovering...more
Seven
A surprising inspirational and eye opening book which I finished in 3 days.

When I first started reading this, I planned on setting it down after the first couple of chapters. But before I knew it, a couple hours passed and I was almost half way done with it. Although I was also quite tired the next day at work.

It’s a little short, but that doesn’t take anything away from the book. It doesn’t have hundreds of pages of useless fluff to act as a filler that so many other books seem so fond of. I u...more
Courtney Lewis
What were the main themes of the book? The main themes are about Anya having a neurological disorder and needs brain surgery. She writes several letters to her father about her views on life and her reflections on what has happened.

Describe 2 different settings or locations. The doctors office. Her childhood home

Were you able to connect with the main character and why? Anya was easy to connect with. Felt so much empathy for her. It felt like the world crashed around her and she was the only one...more
Dominique
This book is not quite what you might expect from the description. There isn't much of a story line to speak of - just a collection of letters from a woman suffering from a rare brain condition to her (presumably) dead father. The letters contain lessons learned and personal experiences with various characters throughout life, illness, surgery and recovery, The only things saving this book from 1 star is that some of the gems she shares are truly pearls of wisdom.

Bits of wisdom notwithstanding,...more
Deb
I'm torn on my thoughts about this book. I read it in a day, so it's an easy read. It kept my attention, but I'm not sure why! I agree with an earlier reader who said the book didn't at all match the blurb about it. I disagree with a previous reader who commented that it had been well edited. I found numerous grammatical, punctuation and other errors throughout the book that bothered me (but then I do some editing as a side job, so maybe I'm just more aware of that sort of thing). If this is the...more
Sherri
Not my cup of tea and not what I was expecting. Although I have had some of the same thoughts about people not using their brains for good purposes, I found the chapters to be too much complaining about how other people were living their lives or the injustices that they have done. Also, there were several editing errors which I found annoying. Guess I thought this book would be more about having a brain disorder and how Anya deals with it on a day to day basis. I was going to give this one star...more
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Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than 10 years for various media which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites.

A social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way around the virtual world, she wills away time in the real world by reading, writing and people watching.

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