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The Size of Everything

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,057 ratings  ·  181 reviews
As the face of her eponymous couture bridal business, Erin Cole radiates refined elegance. But the designers glamorous lifestyle and sweeping success belie a childhood marked by profound dysfunction.

Raised on a steady diet of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and death, no one would have expected Cole to go on to become a force in the fashion world. As a child, she often had no
Paperback, 329 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Bella Luna Press
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a story that made you sad and angry, but then, in the end, left you feeling completely inspired and uplifted? Oh, and it was a true story?

The Size of Everything is written by the person who actually lived it along with one of the funniest writers I've ever read (Jenna McCarthy), so there's humor in natural places. The Size of Everything is the story of couture bridal designer, Erin Cole's, childhood. You will be furious with her parents, confused by them, a whole mix of
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an amazing but heartbreaking read!

This book is a memoir. It details Erin Coles childhood told through short vignettes. What she went through growing up was so sad and intense. When youre reading it, you keep thinking that her situation might get better, but it doesnt until the very end.

On the flip side, it was still inspiring. The fact that she was able to persevere and become successful is so
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I realize that as the co-author of this book my review probably means very little, but I'm not commenting on the writing in this case; I'm giving five solid stars to Erin Cole's incredible story. I'm applauding her courage, strength and unbreakable optimism in the face of abuse and adversity. I'm stating my wholehearted belief that reading about how Erin turned her life around using nothing but positivity and love and self-respect can and will inspire countless others to do the same. This story ...more
Jennifer Cole
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is Jenny Cole. I couldn't be more proud of my sister Erin if I tried!!! She took our story and turned it in to one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I can only hope that her book inspires anybody going through a similar situation too just know that there can be light at the end of their tunnel. That through the love of God and persistence in believing in one's self that they too can rise above their childhood and live an amazing life. I love you, Erin Cole!!! You rock my world ...more
This book is INTENSE. It merits all capital letters. The story is not easy to read, but the truth is laid bare as it should be. What the children in this story went through at the hands of their parents and step-parents is something no one should have to go through.

My father was a mean alcoholic. That being said, I was blessed with an angel of a mother, and my dad never abused me physically. It was all mental abuse, constant yelling, etc., but he never laid a hand on me. How I wish the author
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading about your moms life is a little strange to be honest, but as I started getting through the chapters I could not put it down. Maybe my vote shouldnt count because she is my amazing mom, but I think its important to write outside that knowledge. As a high school senior I honestly think this book would help a lot of the high school kids that could be possibly struggling with their own troubles at home. And while I was brought up to be emotionally aware of other kids feelings, I think ...more
Erin Cole
Sep 27, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Im so grateful that Jenna Mccarthy agreed to tell my story! She is pure talent and I knew from the beginning I wanted her to write it! What a ride it has been with you Jenna! Thank you for telling it my way and keeping everything as authentic as humanly possible. Thank you for traveling deep into my world, and capturing the emotion of the child that lived this story. This has been a beautiful journey and I cannot wait until our next one!!!! Jenna you are forever my family!!! ❤ ...more
Victoria Moss
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buy and read this book now!!! What a ride! This is the first memoir Ive read in years that pulled me in and kept me there. I honestly read it in one sitting, and when I finished I felt like I lost a friend. I need more, stat. The chapters about Erins childhood in Southern California were spot on. I could feel the warm air in her hair as she rode her bike, the green grass under her feet as she danced in a neighbors yard, and the anxious excitement as she ventured out to a new school. The good ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much for a copy of this book for an honest review! A really emotional memoir. I love when you read about someone who struggled through the dark to the other side. A remarkable story and an engrossing one! You wont be able to put this memoir down. Its brave to share your story, so thank you to everyone that does! ...more
Kailee Groscost
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had to write a review before I even finished the book because I could not wait to share with others what an amazing, heart-wrenching, and glorious story Erin Cole wrote. I am half way done, and I read 125 pages in one day because I could not stop. I am lucky enough to have met the beautiful and talented Erin Cole, and would never in my wildest dreams imagine all of the things that she has been through. Not only is she a loving, caring, and compassionate woman. She is successful, talented, and ...more
Jacquie Kazemzadeh
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible read!!!

This memoir captivated my attention from the first chapter to the last! It was funny, sad, fascinating, and written so incredibly good. Throughout the whole book, and chapter by chapter, I kept on wanting and hoping for something to finally to go her way because I felt so bad for this child.....

What an incredible ending.....<3

Highly recommend reading this when you have time, because you will not want to put it down!
Jen Davis
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Thats the word I have to describe everything about this book! Wow, how transparent Erin was with everything that she went through! Wow, that she recalled such detail I could picture myself as a fly on the walls of all the houses. Wow, she was brave enough to write it all out and share it with the world. Wow, to come out on the other end of her childhood as an adult who is wildly successful and confident. Wow, thats about the size of everything. ...more
Heather Kellis-Young
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to get an early copy of this remarkable book. The thing about this book is that you can feel how much Erin truly loved her parents no matter how they treated her. There were times I was brought to tears and then would start laughing. I loved the humor in this deeply moving memoir.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I was five the first time I slept outside alone." This is the first sentence of Erin Cole's powerful new memoir, coauthored by the very talented Jenna McCarthy. This story is heartbreaking and life affirming. It's a testament to the unlimited power of the human spirit. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book!
Michelle Woodward Wagner
This book was incredible, reading it brought back memories from my childhood and past.
The author tells her story which helps me realize, it wasnt my fault what happened to me as a child. Thanks for having the courage to show that no matter what we are survivors.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most incredible stories of triumph and love and what comes from believing in one's self I've ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Julie Lanphear
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this vulnerable memoir, co-author Erin Cole teaches the unfair world about dignity and quiet strength wrapped in the arms of a gentle and yet micheviousious spirit. Instead of playing the victim, Cole provides her readers with hope, encourgement, laughter and raw truth. Further more, Cole teaches her readers the valuable lesson that sometimes the biggest setbacks in life can launch the biggest comebacks. The Size of Everything is the best book you will read all year and the valuable lessons, ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like Educated and The Glass Castle, The Size of Everything is a story of a remarkable young woman raised in the most dire of circumstances. As painful as the story can be to read at times, there's also plenty of humor (thank you, Jenna McCarthy!) and loads of warmth. You can see and hear the characters and see the setting, everything is so well developed. You'll have a love/hate relationship with Erin's story - as you should - but you'll absolutely love reading the book.
HG Thomson
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read an early copy of this memoir and could not put it down. This book will take you on the ride of your life with emotional ups and downs steering you in directions you couldnt have imagined, then hugging it out with chapters of hilarious memories. Five stars does not cover how I feel about this book!!!! ...more
A A  Flanagan
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erin is an amazing person with an amazing story! The challenges she faced as a child and young adult were both heart-breaking and fascinating. I cheered her on every step of the way! She is a beautiful person and a wonderful example of not letting your past define you. I cant wait to hear the rest of her story! ...more
Dhaman Gill
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend
Loni Struck
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book inspired me and has helped me deal with my own troubled past Thank you Erin and Jenna.
Heidi Brydon
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING! Full disclosure, I already loved the writer Jenna McCarthy, because she's hilarious so I was a fan.

But I was in no way prepared for this super intense, super INSPIRING memoir that she co-authored with Erin Cole. This is a great book about a MESSED UP family and boy is that ever an understatement. But here's where it gets inspiring, this Erin Cole girl cannot be defeated. And I just simply couldn't put the book down. I'm more of a fiction reader than a memoir reader,
Geanda Guidry
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The memoir "The Size of Everything" is a very emotional and insightful read. Personally, I enjoyed it; however, the story was difficult to read.
Quotes such as "...there was talk of a tumor. I had no idea what a tumor was, but his was big and it was making my mom cry all the time. She had two moods: grief and hostility. The latter frequently felt directed at me... I felt confused and alone, and the anxiety that was always there inside me grew..." reveal that Erin's story is comprised of
Meadow Lea
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story that lives on in my heart

First the disclaimer, I am not related to Jenna McCarthy. Now I dont generally read Life Stories - Im a fiction girl. But Ive read a few of Jennas books, so thought Id give it a try. Well. Its mesmerizing and heartbreaking and uplifting and amazing and all the ings. Erin Cole is STRONG. As I read, it stayed with me as I moved through my days. Ive wanted to just wrap Erins small self in my arms a hundred times. Her co-author, Jenna McCarthys talent with bringing
S Calhoun
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Some of us will experience this as a memoir while others a mirror. Our world needs more mirrors like this. Our world needs more deep human bravery. Thank you Erin Cole for your courage in writing this, for holding the mirror for some of us. Thank you. I have tried now for over a half hour to write this review. The only thoughts that keep pushing up from deep within is a voice from the 9 year old me:

He wants to know if you can come outside and play?

He just moved to Fountain Valley too, and
Stephanie Elliot
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From tumultuous to triumphant, you will be mesmerized by Erin Coles story from the very first page. The misplaced child of alcoholics, Erins life was filled with unimaginable abuse and neglect. This story, told with candid honesty and grace, chronicles one girls desire to create a better life for herself. Erins resilience and strength will astound you. That she came out unscathed is a miracle in itself; her story is a lesson to us all, to never give up no matter what obstacles are in the way. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! A first rate memoir that I could not put down. Cole's retelling of her childhood experience from abuse, poverty, and dysfunction is so well written and it captures the reader from page 1. Growing up in Southern California, it brought back so many memories of how life used to be in the 70's. Playing with the neighborhood kids, bike riding, and school. Thank you Erin for sharing your story. You are an inspiration and I applaud how much you had to overcome in order to ...more
Davina West Schoch
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a glimpse into one womans childhood and the atrocities she endured at the hands of people who were supposed to love and care for her. I bought this book because I love the co author Jenna McCarthy and knew it would be beautifully told with her hand in it. This book took ahold of me from the start and kept me hanging on. I felt everything she described with her carefully chosen words. Bravo for her bravery on telling her story. Read this book you will not be disappointed. ...more
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