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Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

2.91 of 5 stars 2.91  ·  rating details  ·  231 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 190 pages
Published April 17th 2011 (first published April 11th 2011)
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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
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
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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
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
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: ), 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
Anya finds out that she has a rare brain disorder and her world is suddenly changed. She begins writing letters to her dad about her thoughts. These thoughts are all across the board as far as subject, but also deal with her feelings about her disorder.

This book is written in a similar style to Daddy Long Legs and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in that the story is told through letters. The rest of her style is completely different, but I noticed the similarities. Some readers
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,
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
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
Not what I was expecting. I was expecting a fictitious cohesive story about a woman struggling with a rare disease and seeing how it affects her and the people around her. I wasn't expecting a litany of pseudo-philosophical letters to her dad about everything and everyone, but that's what I got.

Had I been in another mood, I might have enjoyed this book more, but as is I didn't really enjoy it. I especially didn't like the parts that made me wonder whether I was reading about a character or the
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I got a third of the way through the book and kept wondering when the story would start. It had a rambling written-letter format that didn’t really convey a plot. It was mostly cliched phrases and ideas like living life to its fullest and accepting and loving what you have. Those are all great themes, but I prefer to have those messages subtly shown through action and change.

I liked the summary, and was expecting a tear-causing emotional story. Unfortunately, what I got was bored and annoyed. So
Stephanie F.
I feel like this book isn't nearly as good as it could have been. I never really connected with the main character who is telling the story, Anya. She is experiencing a rare neurological disease and this book is a series of diary entries. The reader gets to learn a great deal about what is bothering Anya, such as social networking, but we never get a close look into what her life is really like while experiencing her illness. All in all, I found it to be a quick, mildly interesting story.
My Kindle says I made it to 13% before I reached my tolerance for righteous indignation. I wonder if the author is exacting literary revenge on people who have wronged her in the past because it seems like this book is a thinly veiled criticism of other people's bad behavior, at least as far as I read. I may, however, be jaded since everyone else seems to have liked it.
Rhonda Brodbeck
I read this because it was about a woman with a rare disease--different than what killed my husband, but similar in how unfamiliar it is to most people. I wanted to like the book, but found it dragged on and on. There are some good lessons here, but nothing we haven't heard before.
Didn't even bother to finish it. I'm sorry the woman was deathly ill, but that doesn't make her a good writer. Whine, whine, whine... grated on my nerves.
For some reason, I just couldn't get into this story. The description sounded so promising, but the writing just didn't capture my attention.
Literary  Chanteuse
I liked the beginning, liked the ending but the middle left much to be desired. It felt like a diary rather than a story. Just not for me I guess.
The low rating is simply for the fact that this was not my cup of tea. I have friends who would completely disagree with this rating.
I read about 20% of this book before I gave up and decided not to waste anymore time on it! Very disappointed and bored by it.
I didn't even bother finishing it, the writing was mediocre and the story didn't hold my attention past the second chapter...
Alyssa Vassallo
This book was terrible , it was a complete book of constant complaining of
Everything under the sun and then some...
Not impressed. Just cannot get into it. Don't like the feel sorry for yourself, everybody using was using her attitude.
Jill Levy
Just could not get into this book. It may get better but I only got through half of it. On to a better book.
Trudi Miles
Shelving this book. Just cannot get into it. Will try again later.
did not read
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
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
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
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
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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.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be
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