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Being Anti-Social

3.28  ·  Rating Details  ·  487 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews

Mace Evans is single at thirty-eight. When her much unloved older sister, Shannon, declares that Mace is anti-social, she embarks on a journey to understand her condition; whether she was born that way or if it is the accumulation of thirty-eight years of unfortunate encounters with other humans and dogs.

Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published May 17th 2012 by Vivante Publishing
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Mimi Barbour
Jun 29, 2012 Mimi Barbour rated it it was amazing

This story is written in the first person by a woman called Mace and is a journey of discovery - a discourse on her feelings and thoughts - the state of her emotions about love, life, and family.
The author is a gifted writer and her talent shines through each page. I loved the Oscar quips that were dotted here and there…eg: a true friend stabs you in the front. They added a kind of levity to the story and made me chuckle. A wonderful read!

May 27, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
One word - hilarious! Being Anti-Social is a far cry from Cunningham's previous novel, RAIN, which was decidedly darker and aimed more for lovers of sad, emotional stories that can and will bring you to tears. Being Anti-Social on the other hand is a lighter read and a bit of a throw-back to Bridget Jones' Diary, except for an older protagonist (Mace Evans is late thirties) and it is set in Australia rather than England. You'll find the same dry humor that was a highlight of BJD, and a protagoni ...more
Sharyn O'neill
Jul 22, 2012 Sharyn O'neill rated it it was amazing
Some books you can't put down as soon as you start. This one was kind of the opposite for me. It is more like getting together for a chat with one of your good friends, and I enjoyed visiting a chapter or two each night. It's not a thriller, nail biting, heart pumping read with a twist, it is more of an insightful and humorous look at yourself. Yes, I recognized myself in much of the main character Mace, and not just because we both just hit our 40's. Descriptions of friends, of family, of mista ...more
Vicki Seldon
Aug 08, 2014 Vicki Seldon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
I have a mostly hate relationship with "chick-lit" making me the perfect candidate for a book titled "Being Anti-Social" of course. The heroine Mace, a 40-ish, widowed corporate executive has decidedly curmudgeon tendencies even though she comes from a large and close-knit upper middle class family. Her hero and "life-coach" is the author and social critic and
ultimate outsider/insider Oscar Wilde whose witticisms and quips reinforce Mace's hilarious but somewhat skewed view of herself and the f
Autumn Blues Reviews
Oct 12, 2012 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Amusingly clever and witty with a touch of sorrow, entertaining through and through.

Being Anti-Social is written in a first person format, so it reads like a memoir and could be anyone's life. Mace is 38, the middle child of 5 siblings, with an introverted personality and a sensitive nature that drives her to consume large amounts of merlot paired up with chocolate. Mace uses psychology to dissect and disseminate her birth order and also her name. But most important to Mace is her personal quest
Ron Fritsch
Jul 16, 2012 Ron Fritsch rated it it was amazing
Being Anti-Social, set in present-day Melbourne, Australia, is award-winning author Leigh K. Cunningham’s second novel for adult readers. Because I thoroughly enjoyed her first, Rain, I looked forward to reading Being Anti-Social as soon as she published it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Mace Evans is one of five children in her family, with two older brothers and two sisters, one older and one younger. She’s 38 when the novel begins, and she’s unmarried, childless, and “anti-social,” according to her o
David Darling
Jul 15, 2012 David Darling rated it it was amazing
I laughed all the way through Being Anti-Social, award-winning author Leigh K. Cunningham’s second novel for adult readers.

I laughed not because this is the usual situation-comedy froth but because Cunningham’s main character, Mace Evans, chooses to see the humor in the “anti-social” life she’s created for herself—and perhaps enjoys more than she’s willing to admit.

I also laughed because I adore Oscar Wilde’s pithy contrarian aphorisms, which Cunningham sprinkles throughout her story like flower
Oct 13, 2012 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
Throughout the story, Mace reflects back on her life to see what may have led to her being "anti-social". She looks over her relationship with her siblings and her mother, her group of friends that she hangs out with, and even the men she has loved (and not loved) and lost.

I really enjoyed the flow of this book. The story felt like Mace told her entire life story without even taking a break to breathe. Whenever I would sit down to read, it was like I was having a wine-night detox talk with one o
Jun 09, 2012 Joana rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Me for Readers Favorite

An excellent read for everyone, Being anti-social follows the life of an alcoholic in denial with a surprisingly functional family that she tries to deny her love for. Mace was blessed with a strange name, strange friends and a strange family. She's a middle aged woman who made a horrible mistake that ended her marriage. The subsequent death of her ex-husband has left her miserable with guilt and incredibly lonely. She tries to mask this with her favorite drink
Oct 16, 2012 NovelJunkies rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.0 Stars

I like Merlot with everything, except cereal and milk.

The story of a tight group of 5 friends, interesting plots with men, a mom and sister that are constantly nagging, self realization, and endless supplies of Merlot....what woman would not enjoy this read??

Mace Evans is the middle child of 5 children, and very different from her siblings. Self proclaimed independent, her family has labeled her as anti-social. There's nothing wrong with keeping to oneself...the majority of the
Jun 05, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing
Being Anti Social: Leigh K. Cunningham

Mace Evans is considered anti-social. Her family and friends feel that she never enjoys the company of others. Defining who you are takes perspective, ingenuity, creativity and of course total honesty. Facing yourself in the mirror and taking a pad and pencil to write down what you see might be a unique way to start. Some of us enjoy the company of family and friends while others prefer their own company and limited interaction with others.

Mace Evans is ab
Mace is a middle child and there-fore no one expects much from her. Her older sister has deemed her "anti-Social". But can that really be true of someone who regularly hangs out with her friends, attends all family functions and isn't opposed to dating?
Being Anti-Social, follows Mace during her 40th year and all of the things that can happen to a middle child who really doesn't have much ambition in her life. She lost her husband to infidelity and cancer, her job she tolerates, her friends are a
Lori Tatar
Jun 15, 2012 Lori Tatar rated it really liked it
Leigh Cunningham has done it again with "Being Anti-Social", which could also have been titled "Being True to Oneself". It is a poignant story of single woman as she approaches middle age and chronicles her journey to self-actualization as she thoroughly examines her lifestyle, her relationships both present and past, and her regrets. At times laugh-out-loud funny (my husband can attest to this; he could not figure out what was going on) to painfully sad, Cunningham does an excellent job at maki ...more
Aug 17, 2012 Deanna rated it it was amazing

I can totally relate to Mace. :)
Oct 02, 2012 Beverly rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this - an easy read.
[This book was provided to me for the cost of no monies by the publisher via Edelweiss]

I tried. I failed.

Which is a shame because the first 10 - 15% ish was promising. Although it bills itself as Chick Lit through its cover and blurb (supported by some of the reviews, which is puzzling) it has more in common with the authors who get stuck with a "Female" cover whether it's appropriate or not: Catherine O'Flynn or Joanna Kavenna rather than Sophie Kinsella or Marian Keyes. The style is dry rather
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Despite Being Anti-Social's cartoonish, pastel cover art I disagree with it being labeled as chick-lit. It lacks the light hearted approach to life and love that defines the genre and instead is a fairly serious minded analysis of character, though there are the occasional flashes of dry humor, mainly from well placed quotes by Oscar Wilde, who certainly has sage advice to offer for every occasion.

When Mace Evans is accused of being anti-social by her older sister she gives the complaint consid
Oct 22, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I read this on my holiday and it took only a few days to read it was a brilliant book. I love the way that Leigh kept the characters real - there is someone in everyone's family in this book :)
Hopscotch Friday
Review by Eliza Murphy for Hopscotch Friday: Mace Evans, the female protagonist of Leigh K Cunningham's award winning Being Anti-Social, could be described as an Aussie Bridget Jones. She's in her late thirties, single, has an interfering family, dysfunctional group of friends, a slight drinking problem and an unfortunate habit of sleeping with her co-workers. However, Mace is also mourning the love of her life – her ex-husband Ben, who died from leukaemia. Mace struggles through life as she wat ...more
Jennifer Defoy
Mar 30, 2013 Jennifer Defoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
When I requested to review this book I have to admit I did it simply because of the title. I didn't really read the description - other than it was fiction. So when it arrived at my door I wan't sure what to expect. After reading the first few chapters I was glad that I had gotten it. It was a story that I can somewhat relate to. I used to have trouble reading books that have Australian characters - mainly because the language is pretty different. But I'm finding that the more I read the more I ...more
Feb 26, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Mace Evans is the new, older, and Aussie, Bridget Jones. She has the same dry humour and attitude towards dating and relationships, and her carefree nature is enough to get her into a lot of sticky situations. I love chick-lit because it's a great break from the more serious reads, and sometimes you just want some light-hearted books that will make you giggle to yourself (unfortantly laughter occurs despite where you are, which sometimes leads to embarassing moments). Leigh Cunningham definitly ...more
May 30, 2013 Literary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mandy's Review:

I'm not sure why people like Mace are considered anti-social by others. Just because we don't like to be involved in every little thing or can fake it up with people we don't (and do) know doesn't mean we're anti-social. As you may can tell, I related well with Mace. I like her independent attitude and her "anti-social" ways. I do believe, though, that the major part of her anti-socialism began when her husband died. He was her soul mate and to lose that is devastating.

Mace's inde
Jul 22, 2014 Lyndsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day her sister, Shannon, calls her antisocial. They have never bren that close. Mostly since age and their parents had a large family. The antisocial one always looked up to her brothers. They could do no wrong. She learned from them. Pretty much a loner who had a few friends. Failed marriage, failed relationships.... things just kept getting worse. Such a heartwarming read.
Rhonda Brodbeck
Oscar Wilde describes her life

I would say she is an introvert, as am I, which is different than being antisocial. It takes effort even to go out with a small group of close friends.
Aloma Huang
Jul 22, 2014 Aloma Huang rated it did not like it
It is a very female book, written for I don't know maybe only for females, because I really find this book boring. It annoys me a lot whenever the narrator mentions "Oscar Wilde." It is okay to bring it up once in a while but really? You almost make Oscar Wilde a stronger character than some other people with less obvious personality.
The story line is vague and even though the auther tried hard, way too hard, to build the charactors, it seems they are still not vivid but pretty 2D.
It's probably
Jul 19, 2014 Dot rated it it was amazing
Solitary is not being alone.

Solitary is not being alone.

A fabulous book, who makes being solitary an exception. I could totally relate to the main character.
Find a chair and enjoy.
Madonna Valentine
I read this book over a few days while doing my daily 10km walk on the treadmill. I found the writing style to be quite formal and precise, which is unusual for this "chick lit" genre. The novel lacked the upbeat, humorous style suggested by the cover. I am neutral about this book -neither loving nor despising it. The plot centers around a two year period in the life of a woman on the brink of 40 in which she and members of her large family and friendship circle experience major life changes.

Nov 04, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a first draft, Being Anti-Social is relatively good. I can't fault Leigh Cunningham for breaking the Show-Don't-Tell rule of good writing because the more pressing rule of draft writing is to get your ideas down. That she did, along with a whole enormous cast of characters from whom she can winnow a few choice keepers to explore in greater depth when she is ready to revise the manuscript. It's not the author but rather the publisher of this book who deserves to be asked what (s)he was thinki ...more
Cathy Klein
I will admit that I started to read this book based on the title. Since I am not a fan of small talk, I will occassionally be accused of being anti social so I had to see what it was about. Mace seemed like an interesting charater at first and I did see some similarities as far as not getting along with a sibling and like spending the evening at home. However, throughout most of the book, Mace was highly negative which sometimes made it hard to read. I am a more positive personality, for the mos ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny. Poignant. Sarcastic. Witty. I'm not completely sure how to describe this book except to say that it describes the truest form of introversion and the misconceptions associated with being one by non- introverts. Then it allows you to see how being a introvert creates a spirit of independence that others lack. "At the end of the day," me and my introverted self loved it. ;)
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Leigh K Cunningham is a lawyer with a career as a senior executive for a number of public companies in her home country of Australia. She has three master’s degrees in law (Master of International Trade & Investment Law) and commerce (Master of Commerce) and an MBA (International Management) where she graduated as ‘Top Student’.

Now a full-time writer, Leigh has won seven awards for her four t
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