Book Title: Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind
Book Author: ElizabethMcGivern
Genre: Women’s Fiction/ Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 25th, 2018
Publisher: Pernickety Pubishing
Date Read: May 27th, 2018
Synopsis: Amy Cole is a stay-at-home mum and a woman on the edge.
After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning zombie.
Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.
After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.
Potential Trigger Warnings: The book deals with a suicide attempt, early miscarriage and depression and anxiety.
Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind is a beautiful “slice of life” story that will have you in a tizzy! It is raw, emotional, and full of humor! Be prepared to lose yourself in this one!
I don’t usually grab for women’s fiction often, but when I do, it’s because I am in the mood for a heartwarming story mixed with emotional struggle, and a dash of humor. I can say that this one checked all those boxes. It was powerful and sentimental, and definitely had me laughing!
I loved that McGivern hit Amy’s depression and anxiety head on. Amy’s struggles were real, and represented issues that always need to be addressed, understood, and sympathized with. Amy was such a beautiful, important character that grew and flourished within the story, but, at the same time, she kept true to herself, and always recognized that she had a lot to deal with. Her depression and anxiety weren’t issues that could just be fixed over night.
I really adored how McGivern highlighted the importance of family and friendship in these situations. I also really loved how Amy was able to open up, and begin part of the healing process, because one amazing, kind, stranger took the time to listen to her. There was so much beauty in this story!
I appreciated the blossoming friendship between Elle and Amy. Though, I didn’t always enjoy Elle’s character. She was crass and crude at times, and definitely overbearing. But, she managed to bring about a new side to Amy, and helped her open up to herself. Amy gained confidence and a new view on life because of Elle.
And, we cannot forget about the humor! My goodness, I didn’t expect to laugh so much! It was like something I could envision Melissa McCarthy in! There was an embarrassing moment for Amy involving a trampoline, a failed attempt at a tryst with her husband, and a hilarious birthday dinner (among many other humorous moments). The comedy added a layer of depth and lightheartedness to the serious tone of the story without taking away from the mental health awareness theme.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this! It touched my heart and soothed my soul. Stories like this one are the reason I have reached for the genre in the past, and will continue to reach for it in the future. It was full of dynamic characters, amusement, and strong themes of beauty, family, friendship, and awareness. I was left completely satisfied and wanting the next one!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for sending me this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour!
About the Author:
Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.
In an effort to keep her sanity she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.
In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her to find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting. It was because of this encouragement – and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible – her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind, was born.
Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis. To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on:
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