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All My Restless Life to Live

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Fans of Marian Keyes and Jennifer Weiner will delight in Dee DeTarsio’s sparkling prose and lively dialogue as she takes readers into the heart of women’s lives.

Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased
Paperback, 306 pages
Published April 29th 2013 by Dee Detarsio
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May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5

I really did enjoy this book. I was surprised to find that this book had many laugh out loud moments. I was also really intrigued that the author talks about the after life and what happens after. I loved Adam he was so funny and he's the kind of guy you want as a best friend (who can also cook amazingly). I found that I could relate to the main character Elle (Ellen) how she constantly talked to herself and had her own internal conversation going on and being oblivious to the world a
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ellen-s-reviews
It is guaranteed that I'll laugh and giggle myself through any book by Dee DeTarsio, and All My Restless Life to Live is no exception to this rule. When Elle Miller steals her deceased father's computer, it gets her in hospital to begin with and ends up boosting her career. What are the chances of it helping her find closure about her father's death and winning her the love of her life?

I simply couldn't put this book down once I started reading. Not only is it incredibly funny, it is also writte
Julie Bombacino
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
All My Restless Life to Live is a story that gives chick lit a good name--Women can be smart and funny! Elle reeled me in with the troubles with her horrible boss (oh Liam, I love to hate you!) and hooked me as soon as she stole her dead dad’s computer. (That she never did learn her mom had dumped his ashes all over.) (Not a spoiler, it’s in the prologue!)

When strange things start happening on the computer, there were moving touches that built up the relationship she had with her dad. My favori
Sorcha O'Dowd
A witty, fun and poignant read. A brilliant storyline and some really engaging characters.

I had read a few excerpts courtesy of a book blitz I participated in, and they had me laughing, and intrigued by the characters so I went for it, and boy am I glad I did.
‘All My Restless Life to Live’ is a story that I think all contemporary chick lit readers will love. There was so much relatable humour, characters and actions that I just connected with the story so easily. I loved that there was seriousn
Literati Literature Lovers
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
§Robbie's Review§
If you knew a woman who poured her dead husband's ashes into his beloved laptop computer and used it as the focal point of a shrine to his memory, would you laugh? And if you knew the woman's daughter secretly switched her own broken down laptop for her dad's after her mom went a little crazy over being asked to borrow it, would you laugh? If you would even smile at either of those two situations, then you will find the humor in Dee DeTarsio's All My Restless Life To Live right
Charlotte Lynn
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved Elle(n). I could find myself relating to her easily. The way that she talked to herself and answered herself most of the time reminded me of myself. Her relationship with Dream Man Brad and Quez was entertaining. Although Dr. Brad seemed to be the obvious choice I was thrilled when she didn’t fall for him and worked through the struggles in her relationship with Quez. It was great to see a “real” relationship, not just a hot and sexy one. To have an adult relationship instead of just a f ...more
Meredith Schorr
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of Dee DeTarsio! She has such a natural ability to combine realistic and relatable characters with farfetched (but totally fun) situations that result in undeniably enjoyable stories.

First, it was the naked guardian angel in "Haole Wood" and here it is Elle's recently deceased father communicating with her through a computer. I loved it. I adored each and every character in this book and could absolutely see myself friends with all of them. Elle (Ellen...) was adorable and quirk
Samantha March
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of All My Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio in exchange for an honest review.

I have been a big fan of DeTarsio’s for a while now, and I’m always excited to read her books. I love the fantasy aspect that she brings to each one, and this was no different. Elle, a writer for a soap opera, is still struggling with the death of her dad. When she “borrows” his computer from her mother, she starts to see signs from the beyond. She thinks her dad is trying to help her through her complicate
Sharon Chance
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this wonderfully humorous, often silly, but thoroughly enjoyable novel! Dee DeTarsio gives her readers a fun-filled look at the inner-workings of the world of daytime soap operas with this story. It's also a charming story about one woman's journey to accepting her beloved father's passing and getting on with her life, as he would want her to. Plus there is a love story mixed in as well - who could ask for more?

Filled with a cast of charming and ok, wacky characters, "All My
Mary Beth
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heart-warming and hilarious! All My Restless Life to Live is about a soap opera writer trying to get over her dad’s death. She thinks his computer is sending her messages. The behind-the-scenes TV drama was very fun, even the title of her show: I’d Rather Be Loved, which is my takeaway of what the book is really about. Paging Dr. Quez and Dr. Brad!
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book on Goodreads and I was so lucky because it was a really good book. I enjoyed the humor, the heartbreak, love and family & friends relationships. So happy to recommend it. I would read it again. A good kind of feeling book.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book for an honest review from Xpresso Book Tours. You can also find this review at my blog, Donnie Darko Girl.

All My Restless Life to Live immediately caught my attention with its title. Anyone who's a soap fan can see how the title of this book is pieced together from different soap operas, which I very much appreciated having been a soap fan my entire life. In case you aren't familiar with soap operas, here's the three show titles brilliantly put together: All My Ch
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
Elle Miller has been having a difficult time since her father’s death. When her laptop breaks down she asks to borrow her father’s, but her mother refuses to lend it to her. Knowing she’s on a deadline she’s at a loss on how to proceed until her friend, Adam, suggests she exchange her laptop for her father’s. Taking the plunge she does it and happily proceeds to work until she notices a strange sound and an exotic flower appear on the screen that comes and goes. Not wanting to appear crazy she p ...more
Lydia Laceby
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

I really enjoyed this book! All My Restless Life to Live is a fast-paced, quirky, and amusing read! I have been known to watch a soap opera or two in my day thanks to growing up with two grannies who were dedicated fans (I actually still watch General Hospital – the only one of four I grew up aware of still on the air) so I couldn’t wait to read this insider look into the soap opera world. And I wasn’t disappointed. Events in Elle’s life unfold like the soap
Aug 23, 2013 rated it liked it
All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio tells the story of a young TV writer named Elle living in LA, her love life, work life, and family life after the passing of her father.

Let me be upfront by saying that I must have misread the description of this book prior to reading. I was picturing a MUCH different plot line for this book. The description explains that she finds a mysterious surprise on her father’s laptop after he has passed. Being a tech person, I had several ideas for what I im
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All My Restless Life To Live is a story about one woman's journey of accepting her father's death and moving forward with her life.

Elle Miller is a producer on the soap opera, "I'd Rather Be Loved," who after a year is still struggling with the death of her father. While writing a weekly script for the show, Elle's laptop crashes and she asks her mother if she could use her father's laptop. Elle's mother refuses to allow her to use the laptop because she wants to keep it as a shrine / memorial t
Orbs n Rings
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Would have been better if not for the interrupting soap scenes.

Take a trip through the life of Elle Miller the writer of All My Restless Life to Live, a quirky soap opera syndicated for daytime TV. But Elle is not so sure she can keep up with her hectic schedule and her demanding, criticizing and highly animated boss Liam. On her other hand lies the fascination Elle has been having with her dead father's computer. After much insisting and her mother much resisting, mother refuses to allow her to
Kristen Cansler
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review, r2r
The Good
•Plenty of comedic relief
•Witty characters that I loved

The Bad
•Slow start

The Gif

After reading All My Restless Life to Live, I'm sure the cat thinks I'm crazy. I went from laughing hysterically and tearing up all while reading this lovely story. Dee DeTarsio is a wonderful writer and injects so much humor into her book. The personalities of the characters really shine. At the beginning, I had a hard time getting into the story. Once I got over that starting hurdle, I found myself enga
Lustful Literature

I have to start off by saying I COMPLETELY took the description on this book wrong, I totally was expecting something other than what I got. Seriously, I had a whole different picture of what was going to happen. I should have known by the “clues from the other side.” But I didn’t think it was going to be as much as it was. I think there was a big side of me hoping for the Soap Opera feel because before kids and marriage I was a junkie for "Young and the Restless." DO NOT JU
Ginny  Gallagher
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed All My Restless Life to Live by Dee DeTarsio. It is different, quirky, funny, and deep. At the end of the book I found myself smiling and thinking about some of the unique characters from the story and contemplating some of the "deeper" topics touched on in the book.

There are many great characters in this story. I really liked the main character, Elle Miller aka Ellen Miller. She is a writer for a soap opera called I'd Rather Be Loved. She is down to earth, works hard, and disco
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Review also posted on my blog

I didn’t really know what to expect from All My Restless Life to Live but this book was so funny. There was a lot of humour and it was great fun. When you want to pass a few hours with a book you can just laugh and smile at, I think All My Restless Life is a brilliant choice.

This book did take a little longer than I had wanted to get into it but once it all clicked, I loved it! Although it was very entertaining, at times it wa
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
At first, I found it difficult to get into this book. However, after further reading, I came to appreciate the characters more. As far-fetched as the subject matter may be at times, it still falls well into the “truth can be stranger than fiction” of real life.

I didn’t like Elle’s character as much as I had hoped. For her age, I found her to be very whiny and dependent upon her mother and others to help her out of a bind, like her computer crashing or car trouble. Again, after delving further in
Alice Bola
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
One of the funniest authors I have ever read is Dee DeTarsio. She has the uncanny ability to infuse her novels with such lightness and humor that even subjects as mourning the loss of a parent takes an amusing twist. In All My Reckless Life to Live, Elle Miller is coping with the death of her father when through one mishap after another, he begins communicating with her through his old laptop. Yes, you read that right. Now, I’m not much for reading about the paranormal but I enjoyed this novel. ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 stars
Elle Miller has quite an interesting life. After her dad died, she and her mom just don't get a long. Then, her computer crashes and in a desperate attempt to save her life and job, she "borrows" her deceased father's computer and finds out that some ghostly version of him is still hanging around.

From the start, I was really confused on the difference between Elle's actual life and the life that is occurring in the soap opera that she is writing. Everything just seemed to mash togeth
Roxanne Kade
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Funny, exciting and intriguing - this was a delightful read!

There was really nothing I didn't like about this book. It was well=paced, had a really interesting plotline, and held me captive throughout.
I enjoyed every second on the journey with Elle as she navigated the ups and downs of dating and falling in love, along with having to deal with a real eejit of a boss. (Although he was extremely entertaining!!)

The characters were all really well written and I loved the banter between them. Elle
Anny hernandez
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
**** I received an ARC copy for an honest review ****

This is the first book that I get to read from this author, and I liked it I am gone keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.

I was surprised to find that this book had many laugh out loud moments, and when I say laugh out loud I mean it, it was hilarious.

Elle Miller has been having a difficult time since her father’s death, on top of that her lap top breaks down on her when she is in the middle of writing a soap opera, that's
Susan Weis
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The writing in this book just sparkled. From the dialogue to the fun and refreshing characters I could see this as a movie! It starts with an intriguing premise, Elle’s dead dad is trying to communicate with her from his laptop. She’s trying to hold things together at her job, writing for the soap opera, I’d Rather Be Loved. (All of the sub-plots in this book just worked: from the search for perfect pajamas, to her friend/the costume designer’s Bra Vo!) Soap operas may have gotten a bad reputati ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
All My Restless Life has all the makings for a hilarious chick lit bonanza. Funny one liners, just this side of awkward heroine, fabulous best friend and a couple of cute bachelors hanging around to keep things interesting. Unfortunately it delved into a very slow meandering story about the afterlife, betrayal, loss and love. I have not read Marian Keyes, but I am a big Jennifer Weiner fan and the only similarity I see between Weiner and DeTesario is they’re both women. The author is a televisio ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a quick easy read. I did have some trouble in the beginning getting into it. It seemed a little wordy at times.

I liked that Elle and Quez talked to each other - the opposite of soap operas where people lie or hide everything.

I am not usually into people talking after they die, but the way the author did this was better than most.

I did like how the book weaved both the soap opera story and the "real life" story together. It worked.

I have not read Dee DeTarsio before - I may try an
Jenn N
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
The title and premise alone drew me to this book. I've been a fan of "General Hospital" for 19 years and mourn the loss of "All My Children," every day at 1pm. I hate that soap operas are rarely given respect. So, it was refreshing to read a novel set in the world of soap operas. I loved that Elle took her job as a soap opera writer seriously and that she was passionate about the genre. My favorite scenes in the novel were the ones that took place at her work....http://www.booksellerswithoutbord ...more
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DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins ...more

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