About the book:
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.
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Amy Cole Has Lost Her Mind grips you from the first page. It starts with a harrowing scene of Amy attempting suicide and from that moment I could not stop reading. It was hard to read Amy’s story at the start, I had to fight off tears but I continued eager to learn more about her.
Amy’s thought patterns were so scary to read, being someone who is a worrier and being anxious I could relate to some aspects of the way her brain worked. Some. Scarily accurate. I have never experenced what Amy had and I wanted to read this book to learn more about depression and straight away I learnt a lot. And could feel nothing other than a deep sympathy for this woman.
Amy’s worries and dilemmas about bringing up her children and her mental health struggles could be anybodies, the story is as realistic as fiction can get.
Although the beginning of this novel is heart wrenching the mood does change when Amy meets the big personality of Elle, she encourages her to try new things and as a result Amy gets into some hilarious situations.
It’s strange how quickly the tone of the novel changes, it starts off being a harrowing dark story and suddenly turns into a comedy. The change of tone does not bother me, although there is not much mention of her depression anymore maybe that’s because she isn’t thinking of it or caught up in the feelings and it’s reflected in the story.
I loved this book, sometimes I did feel like the characters were over the top but then this may often be the case in comedy novels. Despite that I really enjoyed this novel. I would recommend this book to anyone, the beginning may be hard but then it’s realistic and does increase our awareness of depression and it’s effects. It’s an honest, sad and also hilarious book. I really didn’t want it to end. I was so relieved when I got to the final page and read the words: “AMY COLE WILL RETURN IN: AMY COLE IS ZEN AS F*CK” I didn’t expect to care so much about her. I have to read the next book.
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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Picture credited to Jess Lowe