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Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am Hardcover – 2 Jun 2016

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (2 Jun. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473635586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473635586
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.8 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Survive and thrive memoir from blogger and social media influencer Laura Jane Williams.

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When the man Laura Jane Williams thought she'd wed dumped her and married her friend, she was devastated. Empty. Drinking too much, sleeping around, and moving from place-to-place in a refusal to put down roots, she tried to fill the void - the gaping hole - that heartbreak had left behind. She wanted control. To grab life by the balls. To live boldly. But, she rapidly learned it wasn't that simple.

Resolving that life couldn't go on as it was - that the backlog of men and sadness that haunted her would not define her - Laura declared a year-long vow of celibacy, ultimately finding herself in a Riviera convent as she slowly put pieces of herself back together.

An honest exploration of a young woman's soul and a road trip through Italy, America, Paris and... Derby, BECOMING is a book that makes you laugh and makes you cry, but most of all? It makes you realise that even when the going gets tough, no one is really f*cking up like they think they are.

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I finished it in one day. A day. I opened the package and thought "I'll just read the intro to get a flavor," and I couldn't stop. This is a memoir about heartbreak but also love. A vulnerable and brilliant story about what it means to survive the worst and try try again (even when you have no clue what you're doing). I don't quite have the words for it yet. I'm still reeling from the magic of it all, digesting the words and phrases where all I could think was, "YES. That is it. That is what it means to be human." I've always loved Laura's writing and this was no exception. She totally brought it with this book, digging deep and shining light in all the dark corners. It's brilliant, and a must read for anyone under 35.
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I bloody loved this book! I'm an avid reader of women writers and having heard about Laura's upcoming book, I was excited to check it out for myself. It had me completely gripped from the very start, and I would squeeze in cheeky chapters throughout my work day because I was so interested in what would happen next. It felt as though Laura was telling me the story over a drink. What I loved the most was how incredibly honest it was - of course people have written honest books before, but this felt different for me - more raw, more REAL. It meant that you couldn't help but relate. It made me think about times in my own life, and acknowledge how they'd made me the person I am. I highly recommend this wonderful book to everyone looking for not only an entertaining story, but also a real glimpse at what it means to be a woman working s*** out. Massive respect.
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Gripping read, heartfelt, honest, raw truth, not just sex as portrayed by the tabloids .
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A brilliant, honest and inspiring read. I nodded my head, cried and laughed throughout - loved it!
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Great book. Had me gripped from the start.
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I bought this book after enjoying reading snippets of the authors blog. She seems so vibrant and honest in her blog, that I knew her book would also have that captivating edge. It did but I was hoping for more. I became a bit bored of the format and the writing style after a while and skimmed through to the end. There were lovely segments, sentences or paragraphs but not as thought provoking as I had hoped. A really easy read though and quite enjoyable.
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A great book, in my none professional opinion should do two things. Challenge you in a good or a bad way and capture you so much that you cannot put it down. This absolutely does that in both senses! Yes it has eye roll moments, yes there was inspirational techniques laced in the language, yes it's frustrating and sometimes 'wanky' as the author writes a fair few times! but it's brilliant, it's real, it's a 'becoming' novel, set out brilliantly as the start of a journey. Its not meant to be perfect it's real life. Real heartbreak, Real issues. Real fantastic. I look forward to what else Laura Jane Williams has to offer, thank you for writing such truth and laying yourself completely open (all the dirty uncomfortable bits included) and finally I hope you find your fairy tale, although I'm pretty certain you are already the leading lady, living your best life (as they say ;-) )
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This is a story about healing, of finding something solid to heal a broken heart. There's sex, but there's also friendship and loving yourself before all others. A wonderful book, well worth a read.
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