- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 794 KB
- Print Length: 258 pages
- Publisher: Impulse Australia (24 Nov. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LZB9FFY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #908,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'I am so excited that this is Deborah Disney's debut novel. It's accomplished, compelling and one of those novels that will tug at the heartstrings one minute and have you giggling the next. Warm, extremely well-written and a complete delight to read. If you're looking for a light, funny, yet insightful novel then congratulations - you've found it!'
And, do you know, she was absolutely right! Beautifully written, with the most wonderful characters, often laugh-out-loud funny but also very touching and affecting, this was a book I really enjoyed. In some ways it was outside my experience, but in so many others it wasn't at all - because which of us hasn't sometimes felt that sense of social isolation when everyone but you seems to belong? It's about being true to yourself and your own values, knowing what's important and what really doesn't matter at all, but it's also great fun.
The mothers - Maria included - are quite wonderfully drawn, and the author has a great touch with dialogue. The humour's always there, but sometimes just underneath the surface when Maria or her daughter suffers another setback or putdown, and your heart aches for them. And Bea really is truly horrendous - very true to life, and so fascinatingly awful that you just can't take your eyes off her. On the surface this might be a light read, but it touches on a lot of universal truths, and handles them really well. Holly was right, you know - it was an absolute delight to read.
Although I’m not married with kids, I found that Deborah’s character Maria was extremely relatable and like-able. It never fails to amaze me what someone will put themselves – and their families – through in order to keep up with society. Although money can buy expensive material possesions in our world, it can’t buy you happiness and true friends. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of someone else in your life to understand what truly matters in life and how short our time here can be. Live your life to the fullest and don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. If they’re too busy judging you to accept you as you are, then they probably aren’t people worthy of your time anyway.
I enjoyed watching Maria work her way from the top of the bea-list to the bottom of the bea-list, to almost off the list completely. Up and In was a well-written, insightful and downright entertaining novel about navigating the rocky path of motherhood on the ‘other side’ of the river. This was a charming debut novel and I can’t wait for this talented Aussie author to put out another!
5 stars for this fantastic debut
‘The thing is, having cancer –or even believing that you have cancer –makes you think about what’s really important. And it makes you realise that there is really only so much in life you can control. Your own actions and your own re-actions. That’s pretty much it.’
‘Up and In’ is Deborah Disney’s first novel and an engaging and entertaining debut novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. The topic of school ground politics is one that has been tackled by various authors within the chick lit/women’s fiction genre over the past couple of years and I have to admit it’s a topic I find really fascinating, even though I am not a mum myself (yet). I think this novel will be quite relatable for some readers and even if it isn’t, it’s still a great read worth picking up with a captivating storyline and realistic characters.
I easily warmed to main character Maria and really liked her. She's a protagonist I both liked and disliked; feeling for her, but also wanting to kick her sometimes for doing or saying certain things. Deborah Disney's writing style is one I really enjoyed; she managed to hold my attention throughout the entire story and the chapters were of a comfortable and well-suited length. There was a constant switch between the present time and flashbacks from the past, completing the story as I went along. Overall, 'Up and In' is a witty and entertaining read about parenting, school ground politics and being part of the social circle; an engaging and definitely promising debut!
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