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Going Through The Change

(Menopausal Superheroes #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  100 reviews
“The Change” is difficult for everyone, but for these four women, the transformation is bigger than they ever imagined!

They all led completely normal, and completely different lives, with two things in common: they used natural products made by the same small company, and they were all going through menopause. Now instead of finding her hot flashes under control, Helen s
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Published April 23rd 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
MENOPAUSE SUCKS! That's why these women in this book all need a bit of extra help.

Linda starts using Dr. Cindy Liu's soap. That lackluster skin dryness, it goes away. Then Linda wakes up with a different body part one morning.

She's a dude. Now I knew this was fiction because she did not poke her husband with it or shake it in his face. Because that's what I would have done. Anyways, she is now a big Hispanic guy instead of the sweet little lady she once was. Her husband is floored. Her k
Phoebe Prince
Going Through the Change is about four women who develop superhero powers via naturopathy and pseudo-science. Can you tell the problems I had with this book? There were lots of things to like about it as well, but this is one of those 'you touched all the wrong spots' books for me.

The book opens with Linda turning into a man. This scene is done well, and it stays on the light-hearted side of body transformations. Of course, I loved American Werewolf in London, so I clearly have a preference for
Susan Swiderski
This book was a fairly entertaining fast read, but it wasn't quite what I expected. The whole premise cried out for more humor, which would have made it much more enjoyable. Sure, there was a tad, but the story leaned much more toward the science fiction side than it did the funny laugh-out-loud romp I was hoping to read.

Still? The idea of menopausal women gaining super powers is inherently funny. I mean, why NOT harness those annoying hot flashes, and turn them into fireballs a gal can throw a
Rosie Amber
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Going Through The Change is contemporary fiction most suited to women who want a light read about the menopause.

Meet Linda a woman going through the menopause who has been trying Ms Lui's Chinese herbal products to help her with her symptoms. She's been using "Nu Yu" soap and it really has helped her become a new person, in fact it's promoted such a change in hormones that she has turned into a man.

Patricia is an old friend of Cindy Lui, she's suffering from itchy skin as part of her hormonal s
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and original take on the superhero genre. As a fan of comic books, I'm used to the origin story cycling around characters who are young, just entering into adulthood, but what if the changes happened on the other end of the spectrum? What if the knowledge of years of living could be brought to a whole new experience? This is what the novel focuses on, and does so brilliantly.

Knowing my tastes, I instantly gravitated to Linda. She could theoretically be seen as the characte
Sharon Bayliss
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I selected Going Through The Change to be my first beach read of the season. I wanted something light, but not cotton candy fluff. I had so much fun reading Going Through The Change. I myself chuckling quite a bit. It's basically a story about women who get superpowers while going through menopause. If that sentence alone doesn't sell you, then something is wrong with you. The story is funny and clever, and Bryant did a great job creating colorful, dimensional characters. Perfect for a light, fu ...more
N.N. Light
As a woman who is going through the change, this book appealed to me. I enjoyed it and it had me laughing out loud. It's very creative and there's nothing like it on the market. Well written and highly enjoyable, I recommend it to all women everywhere!

My Rating: 4 stars
Freda Mans-Labianca
So much fun, and a story I easily relate to.
Okay, so I am peri-menopausal. I'm saddened that I am not harboring some new-found powers thanks to the change. These ladies in this story made menopause kind of fun. Just think for one second here, if you got one power during menopause, what would you choose? This book is a creative look at menopause with a twist. Instead of just raging hormones, what if we turned into a man? Or instead of hot spells, you could wield a ball of fire? Cool, right?!
So t
Kate M. Colby
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Going Through the Change by Samantha Bryant follows five seemingly-normal women, all of whom happen to be going through menopause. However, "the change" isn't all these women have in common -- all of them have undergone inexplicable bodily alterations that have left them with unbelievable new abilities. Eventually, the women cross paths and three of them team up to figure out what has happened to them. O
Barb Taub
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I was excited to read the blurb for Samantha Bryant’s Going Through the Change because I thought the concept was simply wonderful. Take a bunch of relatively normal post-menopausal women and give them superpowers. What sort of awesome things would these middle-aged superheroines get up to? With great powers, what would be their great responsibilities—gun control? Health care? Education? Ashley Madison adultery websites? Would they need bifocal face masks? Forget each other’s superheroine name? W ...more
Dave Higgins
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Combining complex characters, some of whom happen to be women experiencing the menopause, with the engaging simplicity of a classic ZAPPOWW! to the face, Bryant creates a world that offers both escape from reality and an insight into very real issues. Both light-hearted and serious, this novel represents a growth in superhero fiction.

Four women with very different lives are undergoing the menopause. But, in addition to the change and disruption they expected, it brings superpowers: Helen keeps s
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: needs-editing, supers
I'm a fan of superhero prose, and I know the author slightly through social media, so I bought this (while it was on sale, I will admit).

I find superhero prose interesting in large part because it can spend more time in the heads of the characters, and on their relationships, rather than feeling the need for a continuous visual spectacle of superpowered fights. For my personal taste, this particular book tips slightly too far over in the direction of thoughts, feelings and relationships versus
Tegan Wren
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow...What a fun read! As a busy mom, I appreciated the quick pace and fast chapters. As a fan of super heroes, I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh twist on ordinary people receiving extraordinary abilities and powers.

My favorite character was Linda, hands down. I loved her kindness and loyalty, but also her ability to be bold when necessary. And the change Linda endures is quite a fascinating one. Bryant does a lovely job exploring it and its ramifications.

I can be a bit Type A, so I also appreci
C. Purtill
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. Normally I'm not attracted to books that have bright yellow covers and sort of scream "chick fiction!"

But this story was both funny and a little heartbreaking and I heartily recommend to women whether they are "of a certain age" or merely just enjoy a good tale with some fun characters.

Each of the 4 "superheroes" are women who have gone through menopause at various ages and for various reasons and who, at one point, used skin products created b
Quinn Fforde
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The most important thing about this novel is how deft it is. The ways the women change are very clever, but the reasons are not obvious at first. As a woman moving into this phase of life, I found the author's characterizations complex and nuanced. I will admit that I cried several times while reading because the characters' inner struggles spoke to me. There is a whole lot more going on here than some women with powers running around. One might even use the term "symbols." I really related to L ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was flipping awesome. At times realistic and at times surrealistic, it flits around a space between chick lit and comic-book action. The characters are a diverse group, thrown together by a common plight, learning about their new capabilities as they go along. It ends at a familiar point to lovers of the Saturday serial -- in a moment of finally catching a ragged breath before the next exciting scene... So I'll be glued to the author's page waiting for the following book... It's not over ye ...more
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really more of a 3.5. This is a cute story, and the 50-year-old female* superhero novel isn't a genre with a whole lot of breadth (in fact, I'm not really aware of anything else?). So- I want to provide a big shout out to a story trying to reflect an audience that otherwise isn't seeing itself in scifi/ superhero writing. It's also a fun story and the characters personalities are engaging and believable. The overall story is where it stumbles, being both a little too straightforward but the ...more
Jackie Garcia
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Having lived through Menopause this book gives one a new slant on the many things females go through at this time in their lives. The author has turned menopause symptoms in to super hero powers. Very suspenseful. Good read.
Gin Hunt
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just didn't work

I tried but this book just was a chore and I finally gave up. Great premise just not able to get into it or the characters. :(
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fun superhero book with menopausal women who become unlikely superheroes. The ending didn't tie up the loose strings; I'm waiting for the sequel. ...more
Mary E. Adams
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the twists and turns.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I want to say I was not reading this book because I am not menopausal! It was a free kindel book. Funny, sweet, menopausal super heroes - what more could you want!
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
What I Loved:
Going Through the Change had these great character changes that I was so interested in! I loved reading about the new struggles that each character went through with the introduction of a superhero skill for each person.

How I Felt:
The writing was well-done. The story had a nice flow and was easy to dive into. It was pretty fast-paced and really never slowed down. I liked the way each chapter focused on a different character. It gave different me different angles of the story and the
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book and it's amazing twist of the norm. The whole series is excellent! ...more
K Idamari
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Change - Delightful and Refreshing

Four women - Patricia, Linda, Helen and Jessica face menopause. But their Change isn't just mood swings and hot flashes: Linda rapidly sheds her feminity, Patricia has a peculiar skin condition, Helen's hot flashes now excite her and Jessica comes out of her depression as light as air.

The one thing other than the biological change happening to them is their contact with Dr Cindy Liu and her proprietary products they all used.

Not all of them take to the change
Lori Twining
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, menopause makes me nervous. Why? Apparently, ALL women go through it eventually. It hits you between 45-55 years old and it could last at least ten years, if not longer. Seriously, that's just cruel. I'm already heading into the age that dictates I should be experiencing some of these symptoms right now. All my friends around me, have been zooming through hot flashes for years, piling on the clothes because they are freezing, then sweating, then quickly stripping off their clothes and ...more
Jennifer Seyfried
I really liked this book, good premise and gripping storytelling, but I would almost give it 2.5 stars just because of the ending. NO spoilers as usual, but the book has no conclusion at all. It just stops dead at the end of a battle with a less than victorious outcome for our rag-tag band of wanna-be heroes. I thought part of the charm of this story was the haphazard way the potential heroes try to come to grips with their situations and move forward with no clear plans or viable teamwork, beca ...more
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though I haven’t reached Menopause yet, I have seen others go through it and, just like all women, I dread the day. This brilliant book has put a lighthearted spin on the whole drama of The Change, and made it something new, exciting, funny and bearable for both men and women, well, sort of.

Being a fan of some natural remedies, I liked that this book started out with each woman turning to a natural remedy to try and make The Change easier for them. They look to try and reduce the worst symptoms,
Eric Warren
I read this for a local book club and found the initial premise to be interesting. Four older women develop superpowers instead of the well-worn trope of say teenagers or children. I like the basic premise but trust me when I say: this is a comic book without pictures, plain and simple.

The setup is okay and it takes a little while for the women to develop and become used to their powers, which didn't really keep me interested. It isn't until the middle of the book where the actual conflict comes
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
As a reader in the right age group and life stage for this book, I was really quite excited to be accepted to read, rate and review 'Going Through the Change' by Samantha Bryant. Having been an avid reader of chick-lit for more years than I care to remember(!) I was pleasantly surprised to find a book that fell within the genre for the older 'chick'!
Unfortunately it wasn't really my cup of tea, although I'm positive that it will be very popular with many readers. Light-hearted, witty and fun,'Go
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“Sometimes, Helen felt like she had spent her whole life waiting to be “old enough” and then had crossed over into “too old” without finding out what it was she had been waiting for. It was only now, with the tingle of fire still on her fingertips and the smell of sulphur on her skin, that she felt she knew what she wanted.” 0 likes
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