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Mothers and daughters alike will never look at each other in quite the same way after reading this book—a brilliantly funny observation of contemporary family life.

Lizzie—exasperated Mother of Cassie, Connor and Stepdaughter Maisy—is the frustrated voice of reason to her daughters’ teenage angst. She gets by with good friends, cheap wine and talking to herself—out loud.

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Troubador
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sue
This was a great surprise to me. I went on several of my friends recommendations and the Publicist Maxine.

I love reading this kind of genre once in a while, its a refreshing change and this book by this author Eva Jordan brought a breath of fresh air into my day.

Teenage girls and arguments with their Moms go hand in hand. I remember when I was a teen [many moons ago] and when my daughter was growing up. Yep, loads and loads of times. So this book was a treat for me to see that its 'normal'.

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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
What a delightful surprise package this was and a very good debut novel from author Eva Jordan. This is one of those books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time and I have to say the laugh out loud moments were plentiful when I was reading this book, there are just some winning scenes that will have you in hysterics! On the other hand it's also a poignant message about a relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter and all that it brings with it.

The book is light-hearte
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PattyMacDotComma
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chick lit, family dramas,
Recommended to PattyMacDotComma by: Maxine Booklover Catlady
3★

A fun debut novel about a blended family, extended family, friends, boyfriends, love affairs, hangovers and the generally high level of frustration that occurs when families, especially blended families, are faced with teenaged-angst and mid-life crises all at the same time.

The chapter viewpoints change between many characters, and the voices ring true for the various ages and genders. Cassie, the 16-year-old, is the funniest—bright, good student, musical—but disruptive. She wants to be in wi
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I seem to be swimming against the tide with my views on this book, which I am awarding 2 1/2 stars. I feel a little ambivalent about this book. While I can relate strongly to both the main characters, Lizzie and Cassie, I felt the writing let the plot down.

Told from multiple POV, this is the story of Lizzie, her partner Simon, and their blended family of teenagers Maisy and Cassie and pre-adolescent Connor. It is a story of growing up, growing older, of parenting and absent parents, of friendshi
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Susan
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
183 Times A Year

I still can't believe 183 TIMES A YEAR is a debut novel. Eva Jordan has done a wonderful job detailing the difficult relationship between a mother and a teenage child. As the mother of a 13 year old daughter, I could totally relate to how Lizzie was feeling and the frustrating times she had with Cassie.


While reading 183 TIMES A YEAR I found myself laughing out loud to the point that I was snorting! I love when an author can do that to me. I spent the afternoon on the couch with
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Joanne
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Eva Jordan asked me if I'd like to read and review her book and told me it was about a mother with teenage daughters, I couldn't really refuse! As it turns out, I am exactly the same age as Lizzie, the mother in the book, and my oldest daughter is the same age as Cassie. There was so much in this book that I could identify with from Lizzie's thoughts about her daughters and the behaviour of the terrible teens! If you are intrigued by the title of the book as I was, you do find out and I mus ...more
Tracy Fenton
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly I need to point out that my preferred genre is crime and psychological thrillers but every now and then I like to read a contemporary style book and I choose this one because of some great reviews on my book club TBC. I don't have daughters myself so I wasn't sure if I would relate to the characters, however obviously I am a daughter, I have a mother and I am a sister and I am also part of a blended family and therefore I was able to connect and relate to this book. A lovely story full o ...more
Yvonne
There are times when I agree to a book and it just sits on my TBR shelf on my kindle, then when I do eventually get around to reading it I could kick myself for not getting to it sooner 183 Times A Year is such a book.

This is a story of a family, well two families actually that through circumstances come together to live as one, they are step families. Teenage daughters, a younger son and two parents trying to support each other in this family unit, oh and grand parents. Drama and hysterics from
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Susan Hampson
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a real fly on the wall sort of read as it looks at every day life of a ‘blended family’ as they go day by day in their ordinary lives.  I feel so darn lucky as I can’t remember having stand-off situations with my parents and didn’t have any with my two daughters or step daughters either.
What I was shocked with as a parent was finding out how many times I survived on a wing and a prayer. I always thought my mum knew all the answers, believe me as a mum myself for a number of years, I kno
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Trish at Between My Lines
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel that with my penchant for twisty thrillers, and heart wrenching contemporary books, that I don’t get enough fun in my reads.

Thankful this book is the antidote to that. It is loaded with laugh out loud moments that had my stomach in a knot. The book features Cassie, an angst-ridden, stroppy teenager, and Lizzie, her over-worked, under-appreciated mum. We often get the same scene retold from both their points of view, with hilarious results.

Lizzie tries hard to mother her extended family wi
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Jill's Book Cafe
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
183 times a year is reportedly the number of times it is normal for a girl to argue with her mother. Unfortunately for Lizzie it seems more like 183 times a day! Not only does she have her own angst ridden teenage daughter Cassie to contend with, but also her Goth like teenage stepdaughter Maisy (or Mania as she insists on being called). Her son Connor, who has yet to discover his hormones, happily co-exists with all the mayhem and is almost oblivious. Connor and Cassie are Lizzie's children by ...more
Nessa
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I am completely and utterly speechless, I'm going to attempt to review this book but I'm pretty sure I won't do it justice as there are just no words to explain how riveting and amazing this book is.

The story and its well written characters, draws you in and gets you engrossed right from the very first pages and keeps you ensnared within its grip right to the very last words of the very last page.

The story is mainly based around family life and all that goes with it, the ups and the downs,
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J. Kahele
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How can you not give this book five stars? I have three daughters and as I read, I could completely relate to the thoughts of Lizzie the mother and Cassie the daughter. Let's face it daughters are very strong-willed and fast with their tongue, but on the flip-side they are very loving and there when you need them. I wouldn't give my girls up for the world.

It was a very humorous book until the tragedy strikes and the tears of joy, turn to tears of sadness. The scenes were depicted so well, it fel
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Els
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one. It had so many funny things and I recognized many of them. On the other hand a lot of sad things happened as well and I have to say the author truely knows how to describe feelings. She pulls the reader into her story.
Add to this mixture some love, the revealing of a few secrets and a bit of heartbreak and a fluent writing style and you end up a most enjoyable book.
Misfits farm
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the funniest, but touching, books I have ever read.
Lizzie has a boy and a troublesome teenager by her first marriage and “an Emo” from her husband’s marriage. Their life together provides some hilarious and some poignant moments. I love how her daughter Cassie suffers spoonerisms and malapropisms which are hilarious. ”Aunt hissie fit” instead of antithesis”.
Lizzie is trying to get across to her children that money isn’t everything, as isn’t image and “being with the in-crowd”. O
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Sarah
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
183 Times A Year is the authors debut novel. As debut novels go, this one is rather special.

I love how the story starts off, it flicks between Lizzie (mother) and Cassie (daughter)and I very much enjoyed reading their thoughts about each other and their lives. At last I feel like my family are normal!

It starts off being a really humorous read as the author pulls off the stroppy and troubled teen as well as the mother role perfectly. It reminded me so much of myself as a teen and now as a mother
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Angela
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Helen Boyce of the Book Club . This book is not my usual genre but it caught my eye . I found this book delightful it was a laugh out loud book about families and arguments between mother and daughter ( about 183 times a year). It was a lighthearted feel good read and very emotional too . I give this book 5 stars . I loved it
Kate
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I took a chance on this book, when I read the description I was curious but not entirely sure if it was the book for me.

A funny, entertaining and light hearted read for most parts, the reader is introduced to a typical dysfunctional family, a mother nearing the end of her tether with her teenage daughter and stepdaughter, and worrying her delightful son will find his hormones and will turn into another moody teen. Throw in her ex husband who seems to have abandoned the kids almost co
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Michelle Ryles
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the opening pages of this wonderful book I knew I was about to read something special, so I gleefully hopped aboard the emotional rollercoaster that is 183 Times a Year. The story is told mainly from the perspectives of Lizzie (mum) and Cassie (daughter) and Eva Jordan effortlessly changed writing style to step into these very different shoes. We are privy to so many of their innermost thoughts, or outermost in Lizzie's case as she often talks out loud, that I felt like I was seeing the wor ...more
Sarah Joint
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this. I needed a break from all the doom and gloom in the books I usually favor and this was perfect. I laughed out loud several times and had a hard time putting it down. I cried too. You really get to know the characters and feel for them. Even though I'm getting to the age where I roll my eyes at some things the teenagers in the books do!
Lizzie is the mother to what she accurately states Americans call "a blended family". She has a teenage daughter, Cassie, and a young boy call
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Debra Slonek
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This was a light read, filled with a wide variety of quirky, dysfunctional characters and infused with many humor filled moments. This book is about relationships and how people find each other, and their way and purpose in this world.

At the beginning, many of the characters were very self absorbed and difficult to like. In this extended and blended family, communication often suffered due to extreme busyness, self absorption and obsessions with social media and cell phones. Family members loved
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Mistress  #darklings
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Helen (from TBConFB) and the author herself Eva Jordan, for my ARC copy which i received through TBConFB in exchange for an honest review.
I like the premise of the book, A mother / daughter relationship, a blended family, all of which I am a part of myself. So I was really looking forward to reading this.
On the whole I did enjoy this story. I could relate to the mother, Lizzie as an individual. I found a few similarities between my daughter and I. It was an easy read, the author ha
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Tara Lyons
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
183 Times a Year is a story about an ordinary family and their everyday issues. Full of emotion, humour, hope and and sadness.

My preferred genre is crime and psychological thrillers. However, this book came highly recommended, and sometimes I like to cleanse my reading palette. I was worried this book would be too slow for me, with nothing happening that I could sink my teeth into. But I was pleasantly surprised; by time I was 50% in it really picked up and kept me reading - I was interested in
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Nicola Mitchell
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Eva Jordan and TBC on FB for the opportunity to read this delightful book. After the first few pages, I thought this could be my household, but with two boys instead of the two teenage girls. However, when I read on I realised that the girls were so much worse than my boys and Mai...oops Mania and Cassie were far more demanding! The author had a clever way on more than one occasion of leading you to come to one conclusion which rapidly changed and left you gasping with a sudden realisa ...more
Alexina Golding
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually give this book 4:5 stars...

An amazingly well written debut novel by Eva.

Luckily my husband heard her interview on local radio, came home and told me.

As a mum of a teenage daughter and son, I could relate to this book. Having been a teenager I could relate from Cassie's point of view.

This book had many laugh out loud moments, great relationships, and also some more deep meanings, storylines to be unearthed along the way.

A well written and balanced novel.
Julie Smith
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The trials of a family and step family.

I started reading this book and thought NO! It's written in the first person - I'm going to hate it! But I persevered and soon changed my mind.

183 Times A Year made me laugh and cry. It reminded me of the arguments I used to have with my mum when I was growing up and also of the rows with my daughter when she was a teenager.

Thanks to TBC and Eva Jordan for giving me the book to review.

I would thoroughly recommend this book 5/5 stars!
Audrey Gibson
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not my usual genre but i'm so glad I read this book.

What a wonderful refreshing book. I had many laugh out loud moments reading this but at the same time it was very touching.

A well written and enjoyable read. I loved it.

Many thanks to the author and TBC for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Sharon Mckinlay
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great book about family life that made me laugh & cry. Thanks to TBC for the copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
Monica Mac
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have no hesitation in awarding this amazing book a heartfelt 5 stars. To my eternal shame, it had been sitting on my Kindle for over a year, getting pushed out by other books that were on deadlines to be read and I feel bad about that. I am lucky enough to already have the sequel on my Kindle ready to read so to be able to read these two books, one after another, is a real privilege. Before I get stuck into reading All the Colours in Between, however, I had better review THIS book!

Lizzie is li
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Jane James
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Over before I was ready to let it go, this wonderfully poignant debut novel by Eva Jordan celebrates all things good (and bad) about family life. I warmed quickly to the very life-like characters and fell in love with this devoted, loyal, argumentative and at times dysfunctional family. Undoubtedly a book for mothers, daughters, sisters and best friends who have been there, done that and got the T-shirt; it really held my interest and enthusiasm right to the last page. I really didn’t want to sa ...more
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Eva Jordan, born in Kent but living most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town, describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate. She is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine.

Her career has been varied including working within the library service and at a women's refuge. She has had several short stories published and currently writes a monthly column for a local maga
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