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Written as a series of chronological short stories rather than flowing chapters it reads almost like fiction, little snap shots of a life viewed through a humorous and defiant lens.
Sadness and difficulty are present throughout but love, forgiveness and relentless positivity are the messages you take away from reading it. Once I'd picked it up I could hardly put it down.
There are some spelling and grammatical mistakes as admitted to by the author at the beginning of the book as this was a solo project, assisted later on by beta readers to help sharpen it up and get it to a higher standard. Overall it reads very nicely and comes across quite professionally.
I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others.
I requested to read this through Booktasters and was sent a copy by the author Lisa Orban.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it's a rollicking good read! It is written very well, in a way that although the content can be distressing more often than not Lisa finds a way to inject humour into her writing. I've already ordered the next book, Wine Comes in Six-Packs.
There are as many humour filled stories as there are tragic and oppressive ones and events that somehow manage to include both elements. Lisa says she doesn't believe the book to be inspirational and doesn't have any wisdom to impart but I think there is a lot you can take away from this book;
You should never cheat on a woman who owns a gun.
Real change isn't easy, it's hard and takes time.
We need to live life with joy and embrace every experience.
Even if you can't change the whole world you can change it for the better for one person and that that sort of act can help spread much needed love and kindness.
If you back someone into a corner and take away all their options then there are no consequences and the results are the same. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Something that I'm certain all children and teenagers, maybe even adults, have felt at times but which strongly applied to Lisa's circumstances, especially in the case of escaping church activities with an approved 'friend'
Throughout this book the power of love and forgiveness are strong themes. In spite of all the mistakes and missed chances Lisa has found it in her heart to forgive, to learn to trust and to love again. It must be both scary and cathartic to write books about your life like this and I think she is very brave to then put it out into the world for everyone to read.
Lisa has a great character and plenty of gumption which comes across in the way she recounts the stories of her life, in the way that she's endured so much from so many people that she should have been able to trust in and rely on but in spite of all that she mostly keeps her spirit and comes out fighting. Lisa is not a defeatist person in the slightest, she has strength and determination by the bucket load which in turn as I read made me feel motivated to try and have the same attitude towards life myself.
It is difficult to pick anything out from this book because I loved all the writing and the illustrations. I kept taking photos to use as prompts for my review but wound up taking shots of most of the book. Sister for Sale was a good one, I am sure anyone with a sibling has had thoughts like this at least once but Lisa is a proactive lady and gets things done. I also was so thrilled when Lisa found Eula and so sad when she lost her. I was so enraged at Nev and so proud of Lisa when she left him. May she have a glorious life without the pain. She is alive.
Lisa is so likeable that you really want life to work out for her and for her to find what she deserves from life: peace, love, acceptance and success.
I like to think that Marvin, Brian, Shawn, the Navy guys and everyone involved in Lisa's life experiences remembers them and includes her in their stories. I feel pretty sure that Lisa will have great stories to regale St Peter with.
In case I haven't managed to convey this in my ramblings above I think this is a wonderful book and I urge you to buy yourself a copy, get a drink and a snack and sit down to enjoy it and the rollercoaster ride it'll take you on.
Please bear in mind that when you make a purchase it brings a smile to Lisa's face and causes her to do a happy dance so it's very worthwhile.
“So, this is my life, for better or for worse”.
I loved the honest and frank introduction to this book, I felt that I instantly liked Lisa and this helped to get into the right frame of mind when reading.
It is inspirational how much one person can go through in their life. At times I felt very angry for Lisa, sometimes I laughed with (and at) the stories and a big chunk I just felt sad for the things Lisa has had to go through. However, if this book teaches nothing else, it is that no matter what someone does to you, forgiveness can still be given (and this is no means a “sad” book, it could be, but Lisa hasn't allowed this to happen).
“The day of my birthday, I was released from foster care”.
Funny (very funny, thank goodness Lisa has this approach to life!), chaotic, sad, emotive and dramatic, just a few words to describe this roller-coaster of life being told.
I must add I particularly love the “Sister for Sale” chapter and my heart was racing for Lisa during the chapter about the riot!
“Nothing in this life would be the same again”.
There are also lovely illustrations dotted throughout this book which I also really liked. All in all, a very good book. A big thank you to @Booktasters and Lisa Orban for a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I am always honest when reviewing books and I would recommend this book to you.
Each chapter in Lisa’s life has short stories that make this book easy to read. My favorite stories that had me laughing to tears were when she started sleep walking because of stress. Everyone though their house was “haunted” because they didn’t know how things were being moved around, not even Lisa. Another was when she arrived to her Prom in a squad car.
Lisa made the statement often that she was “a broken vase held together with Elmer’s glue”. I think her story would not be complete without her telling about her abusive husband. Her story is fun enough to keep you reading, while sucker-punching you with her strength and resolve at the end. Excellent book to give to a friend you may be concerned about abuse but too afraid to bring up the subject.
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Congratulations on your book Lisa .
Orban is upfront that the reader shouldn’t dive into her world expecting resolution and recovery by the end of the book, and while this might be refreshing for cynics like myself, it's also fresh way for the optimist reader to discover beauty and inspiration from the unconventional. Orban consistently illustrates this possibility through her reminiscences of both circumstance and consequence. Although her life is an emotional rollercoaster of ups, down and twists, she manages to keep the reigns steady on chaos and retains balance between tragedy and hilarity through her tales. While some may argue that there may be peace in finding normality, Orban demonstrates how deviating from social obedience encourages us to define the world we live in by giving it meaning, and she does just that.
This is an essential read for teens and young adults, particularly those dealing with family dysfunction - and for us older folks, it helps to repair the disconnect many of us experience between adolescence and adulthood because it’s easy to forget that we’ve actually been there. “It’ll Feel Better when it Quits Hurting” is an entertaining narrative that will stay with you long after you read it.