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Out Of Play
Her husband is choosing his hobby over her. And the hobby in question? Live Action Role-Play, or ‘larp’. Larp involves dressing up as a character (be it medieval knight, banshee or centaur) and participating in imaginary battles for entire weekends.
Gillian is not impressed. She seeks professional advice and is surprised when her therap ...more
Gillian's therapist asks her to try not complaining of her husband's hobby but perhaps she ought to give it a shot herself, maybe just maybe Gillian may find this fu ...more
Life was changing. Changing in ways we hadn’t expected. Changing in ways we weren’t quite ready for.Gillian Campbell, married for fifteen years, felt her life was just like a passing day—an everyday routine which includes a heated discussion with her husband about his ridiculous hobby of "live-action role playing or larping". With their current roommate-like situation rather than intimate lovers who almost never been like a married couple, Gillian decided to see a therapist to help h ...more
Gillian is fed up with her husband Ralph. Feeling like they are room-mates rather than partners, Gillian is determined to figure out a way to fix Ralph - after all, it is his fault that he disappears most weekends LARPing with his friends (that is Live Action Role Playing for those who are unsure). So spending mor ...more
I feel like I should preface this review by letting you know that I'm only a few years older than Gillian's goddaughter. Gillian's best friend, Jas, is essentially my mother's age. So I shouldn't have enjoyed this book, right? Wrong.
This book was a pleasant surprise. If I'm being honest, I usually avoid stories that revolve around marriage, separation, and the rebellious children th ...more
Joy Norstrom, a debut author, will be on my list to keep in mind when looking for a good book. This first book contains well thought through characters, real life problems and a lot of feelings. I think a big audience will like this book and you should give it a try if you like raw, emotional books that contain the hard parts of life.
A longer review can be found at Bite Into books
A great debut. What y ...more
The premise of this book seemed interesting to me. Although nobody in my family is a LARPer (that I know of!) I am surrounded by the type of guys who would possibly do that. My oldest goes to conventions and often does cosplay when he goes. So I kind of get it.
Although I really enjoyed the writing style and the story pulled me in, this was a slow starter for me. I can’t pinpoint the reason though. Of cours ...more
Gillian is really not happy with her life. Her husband is spending all his time playing a live action play game, and he’s clearly neglected her and their marriage. She can’t take it anymore. She tried everything, from including him in renovating their house to seeing a therapist...
Except taking part in the game itself.
Would that be enough to save their marriage?
I really loved that book. Gillian’s voice is witty and sweet - it just feels right, and ...more
This is a great book and all LARP-widows will love it!
Joy Norstrom has written a great book here and it was a joy to read.
The main characters, Gillian and Ralph, have hit a rocky patch in their marriage and Gillian is seeing a therapist who has some strange ideas but Gillian goes along with the plan – she is willing to try anything to save her marriage.
I have not read another book which looks at Life Ac ...more
Gillian goes to see a therapist who suggests that the couple need to start being a couple again.
How could they do this when Ralph spends every weekend LARPing (Yes I had to look this up!), wasting money on equipment?
Gillian confides with her best friend Jas, about her plan but Jason isn't convinced it will work.
Can this couple mend their rela ...more
Meet Gillian Campbell, a huge Yo ...more
Loved this story so so much.
I was sold after I've read the blurb but this book surprised me for its depth.
Ralph and Gillian are not the first couple to have some communication troubles after many years of marriage but Gill way to try to understand her husband's hobby is extreme and really funny.
I've found the main characters very relatable,I was so caught up in the story that I've felt their every single emotion.
"Life could not be the same.But it wouldn't just pass by anymore either.I knew th
This book was surprising. It starts off light, leading you to believe it's a fluffy novel about a married couple drifting apart and the wife's attempt at reconnecting with her husband. What the author successfully accomplished is that she weaved in a much more layered, darker storyline that surprises you at the end. Every character has a purpose even when you don't realize it, and offer the main characters a mirror to their best and worst personality t ...more
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.
Poor old Gillian and Ralph - they are stuck in a marriage which has gotten very stale and boring. Gillian snipes at Ralph every chance she gets about his "stupid" hobby of LARPing, which she doesn't understand and doesn't WANT to understand eit ...more
This book was a little different from my normal genre but I really enjoyed it. Beautifully written, with plenty of funny moments throughout.
A full 5 stars from ...more
She does gripe about her husband a lot and that in itself gets very annoying.
I wanted to scream at Gillian stop complaining and get a move on doing something about it. Walk the walk Gillian don’t just whine and complain all the time.
Gillian is an accomplished French horn player playing with the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Gillian and Ralph have been married fifteen years and they just aren’t making a love connection ...more
Gillian feels that part of the problem between her and her husband Ralph, is that Ralph is now leaving her every weekend to participate in LARP (Life Action Role Playing) events. His passion an ...more
A fun, humorous yet heartfelt book. The story is told from the perspective of the main character, Gillian. Her charming attributes, hard to ignore.
In the opening scene we see so much of who Gillian is. She is funny, authentic and a little self involved, like so many of us as we try to work through a difficult problem.
There are so many places I laughed and near cried. Mrs Norstrom knows how to take you on a journey; self doubt, frustration, love, grievance and f ...more
Gillian is at her wits end, fed up with her marriage, totally frustrated with her husband so seeks the advise of a therapist. Her instructions, to immerse herself into her husband’s world, to try out this Live Action role play malarkey, to stir things up a bit, try and see what his life is about. So that is what she does! Will it save their marriage or continue to drive them ap ...more
Joy is also a mother and a social worker. When she's not parenting, championing inclusion, or gett ...more