How Not To Be A Loser
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I loved the character of Amy Piper and I warmed to her from the first time I met her. In fact ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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.
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 ...more