The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.
Usually grounded and mild mannered, Amy finally lets her hair down in the city that never sleeps. She discovers a life...more
Amy Byler is a single mom who does what it takes to provide for her children--in doing so, she has lost herself as she only sees herself as a mother to Cori and Joe. Three years ago, her husband walked out on her and their two teenage children. When he suddenly returns, he attempts to make amends by having their kids stay with him for a week over the summer. ...more
Amy Byler is a school librarian and single mom with two kids, ages 12 and 15. Her husband up and left them for nebulous reasons three years previously. It has been a struggle to make things work, but Amy has indeed made a good life for her family even though she is worn down from her efforts. Suddenly Amy’s husband reappears and wants three months of ...more
"I have suffered plenty. I am a poster child for low-grade chronic suffering. If an ad agency wanted to make suffering into a thirty-second spot, they would make a time-lapse video of me in my three colors of elastic-waistband teacher pants shoveling eight inches of snow at five a.m. so my kids can get to their early-bird activities on time, then teaching 250 overprivileged kids how to not use computers for porn for ten hours, and then collapsing in ...more
When will I ever learn? I keep thinking I’ll enjoy a romantic comedy. I WANT to like romantic comedies. But in truth, I tend to find most of them too simplistic for my taste. They usually start ok and then get dorky. This one tried to be more than just a rom-com with some single parent angst and a family crisis towards the end. But it just didn’t work for me. A little too simplistic and saccharine sweet.
The book is told from two viewpoints, Amy’s narrative and her daughter ...more
Though I don’t have children and am probably half of Amy Byler’s age, I was pretty entertained by this story and appreciated seeing a dedicated mom take care of her own self for once. Everything is ...more
Amy accepts, and she’s off to NYC. Amy has led a quiet life, but her alter ego comes out. She even goes on a couple blind dates.
One of the blind dates ends up capturing her heart, and when the summer is about to end, Amy has to decide between her new life and her old one.
Amy doesn’t get to make that choice, though, because ...more
Kelly harms! BRAVO! This was such a relatable story told with so much heart and humor, I absolutely adored it! Amy is the single mother of 15-year-old Cory and 12-year-old Joe. Three years ago Amy’s husband John went out of country for work and never came back. Amy picked her self up, dusted herself off, went back to work, and learned how to be a single parent. Now John is back wanting to repair his relationship with his Children and offering Amy a summer off ...more
Three years ago Amy Byler’s husband of 18 years went on a business trip and never came back, leaving Amy with a 12 and 8 year old to raise on her own. Now he’s back, looking to make amends with the children by taking them for a week over their summer break. What’s Amy to do with her newfound freedom?
Just kidding. She signs up for a librarian conference at Columbia University in NYC. But while she’s there she does ...more
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is a cute, quick, predictable read. What you expect to happen is exactly what happens. It's a character driven novel, which is fine...I don't need constant action when books are well-written. Unfortunately, the characters seemed very much like characters, and not actual people. The dialogue reminded me of an 80s sitcom where everyone spews one-liners...even the 12 year old. The voices of Amy (the mother) and Cori (her 15 year old ...more
When Amy Byler's husband went on a business trip to Hong Kong three years ago and never returned, she suddenly found herself a single, unemployed mother of two children with a large mortgage and no child support. Life gradually got better once she got herself a job as a school librarian and re-mortgaged the house, but she and ...more
Her old friend Talia lives in New York City and works at a fashion magazine, so Amy heads to New ...more
A straitlaced librarian mother of two gets to experience the glamorous life when her AWOL husband returns to entertain the kids for a few weeks. Her momspringa turns into a voyage of self discovery, makes her a minor celebrity, and instills a sassy new attitude in our plucky heroine.
There's no doubt that the film rights have already been sold, and with a few ...more
What a wonderful story to escape in! Amy is a single mother of 2 teenaged children. Her husband up and left the family 3 years ago. He now returns to make amends and wants to spend the summer with the kids and Amy goes off on an adventure...(first unwanted)...to NYC.
I loved Amy! This story is very heartwarming and easy to follow. The writing is wonderful. You are rooting for Amy all throughout the story. She is quite endearing!! For fellow book lovers there are many nods to popular ...more
When Amy first hears the ...more
It made me laugh and smile. Even though Amy was a bit over the top at times, emotionally all over the place, the plot, idea and execution was well done, and the story on its own was entertaining and the humor was right up my alley.
There were quite a few things I really enjoyed about this book.
Many of the chapters started with a journal entry from Amy’s teenage daughter. The author did a fabulous job portraying a teenage girl who is not a passionate reader, but ...more
"And yes , it makes me crazy to think that my kids can go days— or maybe weeks—without me. If I’m not needed, if I’m not busy, if I’m not an overstretched, overwhelmed, underslept, underpaid single mother… What exactly am I?"
The Overdue Life of Amy Byler
Much thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Kelly Harms for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.
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There is a very bookish theme, sparkling banter between the characters, including in-depth discussions on books. And there is food porn, there was so much food consumed that I was constantly hungry. And there was journaling. And a New York setting. And all the humour, literally laugh out loud moments.
And, and, and.
I could keep whispering sweet nothings about this book, but I rather you discover the joys of it yourself.
If you love books bursting with ...more
Amy Byler lives in a small town in Pennsylvania and is utterly shocked when she sees her missing husband, John, in her neighborhood drugstore. Three years ago, John went to Hong Kong and never came home. But, he is back now, and wants to spend a week with the children he abandoned: Cori, 15, and Joe, 11. He wants to fix things, make things right and be the ...more
Contemporary + Humor
Amy Byler is a single mom. One day the husband who abandoned her and her two children (Cori & Joe) returns and wants to bond with his kids. So he offers to take care of the children for the summer. So this will be a great opportunity for Amy to find herself, discovers the world surrounding her and live a life she never had.
The story will be very appealing and inspiring for those moms who live their whole life 100% for their family and children. This ...more
The one knock I have about this book is the way the teenage ...more
What follows is so engaging, I had to clear my calendar. Harms dances on the knife edge between snort-your-coffee humor and bull's-eye insights, often in the same sentence. As a card-carrying curmudgeon, I resist such tactics, but here I never felt played. Instead, I was swept up in Amy's Everymom dilemma, ...more