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How Not To Be A Loser

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The perfect uplifting read for 2020

Amy Piper is a loser. Shes lost her confidence, her mojo and her way.

But one thing she has never lost is her total love for her thirteen-year-old son Joey, and for his sake she knows its time for a change. But first she has to be brave enough to leave the house

What she needs are friends and an adventure. And when she joins a running

Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Boldwood Books
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Nora ElHariri
Amy Piper had it all. As a former world champion, her challenges revolved around dodging fans on the streets and ensuring that her number one priority is to win one race after another.

Keyword, had.

Fourteen years later, Amy's priorities all revolve around her 13-year-old son, Joey. She wants him to have a happy life and to be proud of her. But how can he be proud of her when she cannot attend parents' meetings, take him to swimming practice or be involved at all in his life, outside the
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those books that you don't really know where the story will take you, what the characters will do or why are they behaving that way, it will keep you intrigued, wanting to know more and more about the story.

It is also a book that will bring so much to you, a book full of compassion, hope, empathy, friendship, and love, it is a story of second changes about giving yourself that time out to recover what you lost during dose hard times we all have in our daily lives.

Amy lost so
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book which encapsulated a mothers love for her child and her determination and need to prove that she was not a loser. Author Beth Moran had written a story which was both heart capturing and inspiring. A perfect way to smile through the tears knowing they were happy ones.

Amy had become an agoraphobic. She wasnt so 14 years ago. But life and circumstances Havent we all seen it and gone through it? But now she had to be strong for son Joey, so she joined the running group led by a
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2020-releases
Amy Piper has it all.
Or rather, Amy Piper had it all. Her number one priority used to be to win swimming race after another.
Fourteen years later, Amy is agoraphobic, battling anxiety disorders, not having been able to leave her house since several years. But she wants to be a better mother to her 13 - year - old son Joey, to be able to go out and see him winning swimming race after another, to take him to swimming practice, to be involved in outside world. She wants him to be proud of her, and
Directed and managed since childhood, Amy Piper hasnt left her house for over two years, hasnt spoken to her family in over thirteen years, and her only actual contact with the outside world (aside from her work-at-home job) is her son Joey and her former coach CeCe. Extreme agoraphobia combined with panic attacks have crippled her and left her unable to see her son swim, although she has watched his meets on video and tries to manage his life as best she can with help. Until a recognition that ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one book that I wasnt really sure where there story was taking me, it kept me intrigued and engrossed and wanting to really discover more of Amy's story. Although it was a very slow burn for me I enjoyed the overall messages of the story. It was a well written story about second chances and friendship. I enjoyed seeing how much support Amy received, the great friendships she built and the relationship she had with her son Joey. I loved how Joey was the real reason for Amy to finally take ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a little bit of an embarrassing confession to make- yes yet another one. Although I have a couple of Beth's earlier books on my ever increasing 'to be read' pile, 'How Not To Be A Loser' is actually the first one that I have read. Now I am rather miffed that I have left it this long to discover how flipping fantastic an author Beth is. I adored 'How Not To Be A Loser' but more about that in a bit.
I loved the character of Amy Piper and I warmed to her from the first time I met her. In fact
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can I start by saying how deeply annoyed I was with this books cover? The writing was so great, and the depiction of a thirty-two-year-old woman was so realistic that it irked me even more (considering I am turning thirty-two myself this year). Amy Piper is a woman who was once a national/international sportswoman who by her own descriptions has not had training in two decades. She is also now an agoraphobe, meaning she has had no exercise for a while. This coupled with all the other statements ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the father of her 13 years son came back in her life, Amy decided to take a life changing decision. She wants to be a better mother for her son and be happy in her life. Thats why she makes a list of challenge called The stop being a loser program.

So, amazingly, after thirteen long years of flailing, wallowing, eating way too much processed sugar, hiding and letting life kick me in the butt, I somehow found the strength to haul myself out of bed, arm myself with a cup of chamomile tea and
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Swimming competitions used to be Amy's world. The practising, the feel of being in the water. And the competions. She has the memories and medals to prove what her life used to be like.

Her reality now is vastly different, she has a 13 year old son and is an agoraphobic. The four walls of her home guard her from the outside world. But her memories are still very much alive.

The novel starts of with an incident involving a spider which added humour to the situation.

Beth Moran has created a family
Kerry Robinson
This has to be one of the most uplifting books I have ever read.  It's crawled it's way into my heart and has become a little bit of a favourite.  I simply loved it!

Amy is a loser! Or at least she has spent the past few years convincing herself that she is, leading to some complicated and debilitating mental health issues.  After a few devastating events where she couldn't be there for her son, Amy decides to create a plan and that she will no longer be a loser.

This novel has everything.  Love,
Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a positive story! A fabulous read and especially for everyone who has struggled, or is currently struggling, with life.

Amy has problems in her life - she wrestles her way through each day but has managed to stay on almost top of it all for the sake of Joey, her thirteen year old son. Until one day she decides that she wants more; she wants to get back to the person she once was when she controlled her body and not the other way round. So she joins a running group - who could have known
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

From beginning to end this book had me hooked. Brilliantly written in a way that the author truly understood the meaning of panicking, anxiety and agoraphobia. Without giving too much away, Amy was once famous and due to numerical reasons she became house bound. This book celebrates the fact of How Not to be a Loser. Being honest with yourself and the people around you, embracing all that is good in the world. We dont have to be perfect, we have to be ourselves, in Amys case she learnt not to
Sheri McGuinn
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I got an Advanced Reader Copy of this book and recommend it.
The novel opens with the protagonist giving a tongue-in-cheek description of what her life has become, capped by an amusing incident where she can't cast aspersions on her son's fear of spiders when she can't even look outside an open door. The author does an excellent job of giving hints of what has happened in the past - information that trickles out in bits as the story goes on. She does the same with what is to come, and it's not
Karen Kingston
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Boldwood Books and NetGalley for a review copy - my thoughts are my own.

This is a unique story with mental health issues at the core. Amy was a world champion swimmer who now cannot leave the house. As the world is currently discovering, for the majority of us, the thought of not being able to pop out to the shop, to see friends etc when we want to is a challenge. However Amy is struggling to step outside her own door and is unable to accompany her 13 year old son Joel to social
Janet Graham
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully Inspirational Look at Mental Illness
What an inspirational book! It is also very humorous. It would be wonderful if this book would change the gossip mongers and bullies, but it won't. It is a sanitizer look at depression and mental illness through the eyes of an Olympic has-been and single mother. Even though it is a piece of fiction, it shares some basic truths about friendship and hand-holding. I have read several of this author's books and they are wonderful pieces that occupy
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Not To Be A Loser by Beth Moran

This one will have you cheering on the leading lady all the way thru!

What a wonderful story of overcoming huge personal hurtles. I found the story inspirational and uplifting. Great character development. You really feel like you get to know these characters on a personal level. I lived that this story wasn't your typical romance. It had some dark moments, nothing bad just..... intense. Great ending and story over all! I highly recommend this one.

4/5 Stars

Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley. I am so glad I did! I will admit at first thought this book about an agoraphobic former medalist swimming champion would do nothing for me. I am so glad I was wrong. It was delightful. Warm and funny and inspiring. Sweet and lively. Before I knew what had happened Id spent the entire day reading it, and now that it is done? I feel like I will miss friends I made in those pages. You should read this. When you need a pick me up. When you need a little ...more
Lucy Jade
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just binged this book in just over a day and really enjoyed it.

Any Piper used to have everything - with a chance at winning gold at the Olympics too. But everything changed. Now shes a struggling single parent with crippling social and emotional anxiety, agoraphobia & low self-worth. The story takes you on Amys journey of how not to be a loser and how to get herself back in to the world.

It took a bit for me to fully get into this story but once I did I was hooked. I didnt know where the
Claire Scott
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good read, a story that pulled you into Amys life and had you rooting for her from the beginning. As someone who suffers from Anxiety and depression, coming to terms that its an illness and not a failure on your part is a really tough place to get to, and I feel Moran captured it beautifully. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is facing any mental health issue....reading about Amys journey gives me hope ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
This book is wonderful, uplifting, inspiring and very realistic. As someone who struggles with mental health I could see so much of myself in My and the writer deals with this so well. A touching and heartwarming story that will brings some tears but leave you smiling. An engrossing read that will leave you thinking, it did me. Thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poignant and heartwarming story that kept me turning pages as fast as I could.
Amy is fantastic characters and I loved she was well written.
The plot is engrossing and flows, the characters are well thought and you cannot help rooting for Amy.
It was an excellent read, highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-com
I loved this book by Beth Moran! Although it deals with the serious subject of panic and anxiety disorders, including agoraphobia, there is so much humour brought out through the main character, Amy. This uplifting and ultimately life-affirming story serves to remind us that help can come from the most unlikely people, and that maybe that first step is the most important.
Danielle from Short and Sassy
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars
Unique story about a single mom named Amy who suffers from anxiety and depression, amongst other things. She is trying to deal with her mental illness, not only for herself, but for her son.

It was a uplifting story.
Chasidy Kaye Jones
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Boldwood Books for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.
Entertaining read dealing with mental health issues with a comedic twist. I loved how Amy could still pike fun at herself while dealing with all her problems.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely read guaranteed to touch the heartstrings. Beth Moran is a great author and this is another book that Ive found utterly impossible to put down. Initially attracted by the beautiful cover, the story hasnt disappointed either. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Paula Pugh
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely novel which touches the heart strings. Friends help a reclusive woman overcome her agoraphobia and enter life outside her home, one step at a time.
Suzanne Waters
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again Beth brings us a lovely story with such lovely characters. I would thoroughly recommend this whilst in isolation.
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Beth Moran initially worked as a biochemist and then taught antenatal classes before becoming an author. She loves to write contemporary women`s fiction set in and around Sherwood Forest, where she lives with her family

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