BOOKREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY - Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson
To Be Published: September 28, 2022
Publisher: J Press Books
Growing up in 1970s and 80s suburban Houston, Judy Haveson is funny, sarcastic, and fiercely loyal, especially to her family, friends, and big sister, Celia. When she suffers a series of unimaginable traumatic events, her seemingly idyllic childhood comes to a halt, changing her life forever.
In Laugh Cry Rewind, Judy takes readers on her journey of self-discovery, sharing funny, touching, and heartbreaking stories from her childhood all the way to the birth of her son. Her experiences serve as a reminder that while life is not always fair, ultimately, the choice to surrender or keep on living is ours. Her message to others who have experienced loss or tragedy is this: stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. Let life go on, and good things will be waiting for you on the other side of the pain.
"Judy Haveson shares her life story with a sublime balance of heartbreak and humor. Laugh Cry Rewind is intimate and mesmerizing thanks to Haveson’s conversational style and wit; her struggles and triumphs are palpable, and even her ordinary stories dazzle."
Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
"A wonderfully written memoir that will truly have its readers laughing and crying. Haveson does an exemplary job of taking her readers through the worst and best times of her life, from her beautiful sister's untimely death to her dating horror stories leading up to meeting her amazing husband. The passion and perseverance Haveson has is commendable."
--Kristi Elizabeth, Manhattan Book Review
Told with honest and humor, I couldn't put this book down. I appreciate the author's courage to share the deepest, darkest parts of her past. The content is emotional and deep yet balanced with a light heartedness that keeps you turning the pages. I loved watching her and her sister’s relationship grow.
I appreciated the backstory as it served as the foundation of Judy’s life and the choices she makes. I admire her ability to find the positive in the worst of situations while using those to become a better person. Like all of us, her life is full of laughter and upset as she progresses through life.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys inspirational memoirs. I find myself inspired by this author and their story.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Author
Judy Haveson is a proud Texan who will never lose her southern charm or accent and uses both when the situation absolutely calls for it. Her one-time dream of becoming a journalist was shattered when a professor suggested she pick a new major due to her penchant for obsessive conversation. He claimed she’d be an editor’s nightmare because she wrote as she spoke and never stopped talking. This led her to a career in public relations. Judy’s fixation with reading books and stories about other people’s lives inspired her to write her debut memoir. She currently lives in The Hamptons with her husband, Adam, son, Jack, and beloved Yorkie, Toby.
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