I am writing this review of How To Make Time For Me and feeling like Callie, the main character, from this fabulous book. Upstairs I can hear the din of an epic teenage row, I am exhausted and my dog is looking rather pained; like the dog, Bodger, in the book, my dog’s expressions are a good reflection of the emotive state of my household.
This funny, heartwarming and entertaining read about Callie and her modern fam was so relatable, just about every page made me smile or give a knowing nod. With two teenage daughters of my own who talk about ‘on fleek’ eyebrows, argue a lot and see me as their food machine, Callie’s home-life was like a medicinal tonic.
I did love this quote.
I longed for the days when my kids were so young that you always understood all their emotions–simply because when they were sad or angry they cried and could be cuddled better; when they were happy, they laughed and ran around with joy.
Here’s the blurb:
No-one said being a single mum would be easy…
Everyone knows that being a single mother means having no time to yourself. But for Callie Brown, its more exhausting than most. She’s juggling the needs of three teenage children, two live-in parents, a raffish ex-husband, and a dog who never stops eating.
The last thing Callie needs is anything more on her plate. So when she bumps (quite literally) into a handsome, age-appropriate cyclist, she’s quick to dismiss him from her life. After all, if she doesn’t have time to brush her hair in the morning, she certainly doesn’t have time to fall in love…
Funny, heartwarming and oh-so-true, this is a novel about motherhood, families, and life after divorce, perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Allison Pearson.
Here’s my review:
Callie is a single parent with teenage children and instantly my heart went out to her. I struggle with raising my teens and I am married!
I did end up comparing the old me (prior to March this year) to Callie. I used to make sure everybody else was ok and then forget to look after myself. Like Callie’s story I started seeing my world differently and learned to re-prioritise. Oh my goodness this bit in the book was fab and this was me a few months ago! I too used a YouTube video suggested by my teenager daughter.
I spent the next hour yanking hair from my eyebrows and experimenting with contouring, which the girls had assured me was just clever use of highlighter and bronzer. Despite copying tips from a YouTube video, narrated by a nasal-voiced woman, I just ended up looking stripy. I washed it all off again, carefully checking my neck for stray brown blobs.
This book is a giggle fest in places. I loved reading it and by the end Callie felt like a good friend. She’s someone I would like to hang out with.
Her disastrous full time job is hilarious and sadly it is so relatable.
There’s a good array of characters; hilarious Marvin, her best mate, Daisy and her love of action when there is a family crisis ❤️ and lovely Patrick and his velvet ice cream lips.
I am glad to say Callie does encounter some romance but I don’t want to give anything away.
I loved Fiona’s conversational writing style, her realistic and relateable characters, and the plots which are so entertaining.
This book is a delightful read and one which will be hard to forget.
3 Things I like about the author:
- Fiona Perrin was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry.
- Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us.
- She tweets stuff like this and as a dog lover myself I am now a big fan of Soppy. ❤️
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