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WHAT AN ENJOYABLE STORY! 5+ STARS
3 May 2019
'The Overdue Life of Amy Byler' is a very engaging, character-based read and there are definitely many funny moments.
Amy, the main character, is both likable and relatable as the struggling single mum, balancing a multitude of responsibilities, including raising Cori and Joe on her own. Understandably, she's frazzled, but she has helpful insights from her good friend and sage, Lena.
Out of the blue, Amy's husband, John returns, full of regret and he wants to reconnect with the kids. After some deliberation, this situation allows Amy a taste of freedom in New York. Ok, the trip was a Library Educational Conference. Her free time is spent with Talia and her sophisticated influences, as well as enjoying some other very entertaining experiences. Talia dubs it - Amy's 'Momspringa'. Free time also allows Amy to ground herself after years of selflessness. Sounds straight forward, but while Amy is having exciting new encounters, she is also conflicted and challenged. Whatever else happens, one thing is certain; Amy is about to change. But where will those changes deposit her?
I loved everything about this book, such as: Kelly Harm's conversational and intelligent writing style; how Kelly captures the voices of each character perfectly; how chapters open with a letter to Amy from Cori's summer vacation journal; Amy's musings over various situations and decisions; the literature/literacy talk; and the humour and clever dialogue.
TOLoAB is an absolutely delightful and thought-provoking read. I enjoyed each page and didn't want it to end. Cute 'play on words' re the title and Amy's profession, btw.
***just one querie - I'm not sure how John got away without paying maintenance for so long, especially since he's well healed***