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Surviving Me

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  255 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Tom has decided he doesn't want to live. Adam wishes he had a choice.

Tom's lost his job and now he's been labelled 'spermless'. He doesn't exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for ve
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Unbound Digital
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Surviving Me by Jo Johnson
This book was a great read for me. As a member of the medical community, I loved the highlight of men’s mental health as well as inherited genetic illness within the story line. However, this book is more than that – it is really a beautifully written book about an amazing motley crew of characters that were well written, interesting, and very insightful. Many times, the read does become heart breaking and heart wrenching. I love reading about the community and the peop
Jessica Belmont
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jo Johnson is an author I will be keeping my eye on after this. Surviving Me was a fantastic debut novel. Her writing style is wonderful, and her character building is remarkable.

Everyone has a story, and in Surviving Me, the authenticity of the characters really shines through. Tom, as a main character, is such a realistic character, you’d think he was real. Through his story, we learn much more about him and other characters. I love the deepness of this.

Surviving Me tackles health – both physi
Jan Owen
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant, powerful and important; I loved this book. I was lucky to be given an advanced copy and could not put it down. I was utterly gripped as, from the outset, I was completely invested in what was happening to Tom, the flawed and errant protagonist.
In fact, all of the characters are so well drawn that I cared about them all and that, coupled with an easily accessible writing style, made this an absorbing read. Although the main theme is one of a man's life unravelling, there is also humour
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Strong, compelling, and a poignant story of "survival" in the true sense of the word.
This book captured my imagination right from the beginning and had me wrapped up in the story the entire time. This is truly a profound, thought-provoking read. I really enjoyed this book.

The engaging, approachable writing delineated the dark abyss of Tom's mental state really well and it held me captive, making me wondering when it would ever end and when, if ever, Tom would find the light at the end of the l
Nadine Morley
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a page turner from the very beginning, I could not put it down! I loved how the author built the characters and made me care about each and everyone of them. I felt like I had entered their world and could imagine the places and the people as if they were real. She has also raised the issue of mens mental health giving a platform to discuss this issue that affects so many. I am only sorry that I have now turned the last page and finished, roll on the next book! Thanks to Unbound pu ...more
Rachel Chambers
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, thanks to Unbound Publishers for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is absolutely my sort of book, funny and poignant with a fabulous ending.

The book begins with Siri learning that her husband Tom has gone missing. It then “rewinds” so that we discover what has led up to his disappearance. As a secondary thread Siri’s brother Adam also appears to be struggling with his own mental health problems.

There are too few fiction books around that deal with mental health issues an
Hannah Higgins
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Wow! I absolutely loved this story and finished it within a day. Heartbreaking and heart warming at the same time, it totally took me by surprise. I loved the characters and wish I could be a part of the cafe misfits! Read this book when you can, it really won't disappoint. I've sat up to past 1am to get it finished!!

Thank you so much to the author and the Pigeonhole app for giving me an advanced copy to read.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming tale that takes you on an emotional roller coaster. Really interesting and enjoyable read, couldn't put it down! (read ARC copy) ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book so much from start to finish.Beautiful.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been probably one of the most engaging books I've read this year.  The reason: it's very real, believable, and features topics that we just don't talk enough about. I loved it!

Written primarily for the dual viewpoints of Tom and his wife, Siri, the story eases us into their everyday life. Siri wants a baby, but it's not happening which starts to create tensions. So when Tom loses his job, he's wary of telling Siri, and hopes to find a new one quickly and then break the news.

But the new
Clare Dowle
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Insightful, heartbreaking and an amazing read.
Jacqueline Allan
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sincere thank you to the publisher, author and Netgalley for providing me an ebook copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed this story very much and felt like I knew each character personally due to the description of them. I enjoyed the storyline. This is not my usual genre but in this instance I am extremely pleased and grateful for opening up my mind to something totally different. Thanks again.
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. It's not terrible, but the writing style really put me off. Scenes jumped about all over the place and character development was not great. Some potential there, but a bit disappointed tbh. And the 'twist' just irritated me. ...more
Fay Flude
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful, heart wrenching but incredibly insightful book, looking at really tough real-life issues of emotional trauma in childhood, unemployment, infertility, male mental health and genetically inherited medical conditions.
Tom is mostly the narrator and has such a quirky, funny and sad way of looking at life. He is likeable, endearing and it breaks the reader's heart to 'watch' him break down and decide to end his life. Siri, his wife, a radio presenter, is less likeable but as the n
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
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This book was a page turner from the beginning to end.

I really liked that it’s message about struggling through life and the worries life brings is from a mans perspective as this is something you don’t hear much of.

The characters were all likeable and had their own unique characteristics and I loved the way a community all comes together.

There’s were many moments of heartbreak in the story wether you can relate to the situation or not it makes you feel sorrow for the main character Tom.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeonhole
Tom, a window salesman and his wife Siri, a radio presenter, have been married for a year and are in the process of trying for a baby. Disillusioned with their romantic life starting to feel like a chore, Tom is devastated when he is humiliated by his evil boss and told his services are now surplus to requirements. Unable to tell Siri and jeopardise her 5 year plan, he takes to going out every day at the same time and pretending to go to work. He happens upon an out of town cafe where the misfit ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pigeon-books
This is author Jo Johnson’s first book and what an excellent start it is to being a published author. The genius of the story lies in the authenticity of its characters and the old but often forgotten notion that everyone has a story even those who seem so balanced and together, not merely those at the end of their tether.
The story starts off through Tom’s own narrative and by association we learn more about his home life, his best friend Harry, his wife Siri and her family. We are given an in d
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Sophie Wood
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely incredible read with a grippingly important plot - there aren’t enough books like this out there.

Be prepared for lots of tears and smiles - the beautiful way it is written allows you to not only feel part of the story, but also have empathy and understanding for each of the characters and the struggles they are going through.

It’s a truly heartwarming story with an incredibly important reminder that although everything may seem okay on the outside of someone’s world, it may not
Lucy Funnell
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a highly original book and I loved it. I managed to wrangle an ARC and did not want to put it down once I had started reading it. The story is mainly told from Toms point of view - and it is fascinating to hear what is going on inside how head, how he deals with the various challenges life throws at him and the (frankly bonkers) choices that he makes. I found myself shouting at him in my head as I read the book: why would you do that, no - don't do that, what would you say that for, just ...more
Emma Hale
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not usually one for biographical fiction but the characterisation and authenticity of the main character had me drawn in from the first few pages, and as the book unfolds the level of depth embedded in the other characters does not disappoint. Written by a Clinical Psychologist the author is able to draw the reader into the thoughts and mindset of the characters in a refreshingly different way to any other book I have read. Anyone who has experienced emotional distress is likely to find a g ...more
Alison Sheridan
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading 'Surviving Me' in just three sittings since I became so involved in the lives of the protagonist, his wife and her brother that I was avoiding house-work and other more mundane chores. Jo Johnson is a trained psychologist which explains her remarkable insight into the way that a middle-aged man like Tom would react to the difficult life-events he is faced with. I don't want to give too much away about the plot since other potential readers should find out for themselves by als ...more
Hazel Nicholls
My copy arrived yesterday lunchtime and I finished it this evening - after deciding that I really should sleep between reading sessions!! I found it a very easy read, the characters were all very believable and I could relate to many of the things that they were involved in. It was very well written and easy to pick up the different characters, and see how they fitted with each other - or not - as was the case much of the time. Our lives don't always run smoothly, as was obvious here, but Jo wea ...more
Laura Hammond
Thank you to Unbound Publishers for the advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.
One the one hand, I completely found myself gripped with the story and wanting to find out what was about to happen. I think it sensitively addresses many topics and themes prevalent to men’s mental health which I truly believe are important messages.
The only bit that I wasn’t overly keen on was that it seemed a bit too coincidental and far-fetched I.e meeting characters that would then be in some way t
Alex Merricks
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book as a must read.

I am a reader that can finish a book by the first chapter if it’s not captured my attention. Surviving Me gripped me from start to finish. I laughed, I cried and didn’t want it to end.

Incredibly written to suit every reader as I think we will all be able to relate to this book one way or another.

Hopefully a best seller in the making!

Rebecca Merricks
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was kindly gifted a copy for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you are looking for a poignant read, then this is the book for you. With the book beginning with Tom, the main character, going missing, you become completely involved in his life as we follow his story up until that point when the police arrive at his wife’s work to tell her he has gone missing. You really feel for him, following his struggles as he learns to deal with the knocks life is giving him.

A s
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, and Unbound Digital for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

I think one of the coolest things about this one was that this had the point of view of two men rather than all of the women lead books that I’ve been reading lately. And seriously, I’m all for women lead
KT Robson
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Filled with likeable and engaging characters, the trials they each faced well and truly tugged at my heart strings. This book tackles a plethora of tough subjects; from infertility to serious illnesses, marital problems to mental health. It was a good change to see a work of fiction like this written from a mans perspective - Mental health overall is being spoken about more, but mens mental health can still be such a taboo subject. This story does a fantastic job ...more
Joy Corkery
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I get so excited to review a great book so I can share it with the world but, with that excitement, comes a lot of stress. See, I know I will never be able to give Surviving Me the justice it deserves. I’ll try anyway.

There are many different themes at play in this book: low self-esteem, depression, long-term illnesses. These topics can be hard to handle, especially if you can see elements of your own life in the characters. Howe
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Unbound and Netgalley for this book. What an unexpectedly wonderful, moving, uplifting, heartwarming and generally fantastic read. I had no real idea of what to expect but absolutely loved everything about this book - the profound, wide-ranging and thought-provoking subject matter (depression, redundancy, fertility issues, unplanned pregnancy, attempted suicide, chronic / inherited diseases to name just a few), the characters who I felt represented the whole spectrum of humanity, ...more
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I’m very excited to announce my debut novel, Surviving Me is being published on November 14, 2019.

I’m told it’s a timely page turner, it’s a novel novel and I have a unique voice (my kids say a scratchy and irritating one but hey!)

I have no idea why I started writing fiction, it started as therapy, to clear my thoughts between patients. It was meant to be a private thing but a friend found out an

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