Monday, November 9, 2015

Book Review: A Life that Fits by Heather Wardell

A Life that Fits, by Heather Wardell
242p, 2011, Women's Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Twenty-eight-year-old Andrea returns home from a business trip to find Alex, her boyfriend of fourteen years, nervously waiting for her. Assuming he's finally going to propose, Andrea's instead horrified to learn he's been cheating on her and is leaving to be with the other woman, who he calls Andrea's opposite.

At first Andrea's paralyzed by shock and sadness, but the business analyst soon forms a plan: change every last detail of her life and become her opposite so Alex will come back to her.

It's a challenge at first, but soon Andrea's loving the changes she's making, the new activities she's doing, and the new people in her life. But will she change enough to get Alex back? And if she does, will he fit into the wonderful new life she's creating for herself?

Andrea comes home from a business trip to find that her boyfriend, Alex, moved out and on with someone else while she was gone. She's devastated since they've been together for 14 years (half her life since she's 28) and devises a plan to get him back. She figures he left her for someone who is her opposite so she starts the reversing project where she changes everything about herself.

Normally, I would say that changing yourself completely isn't the best idea, but in her case, she had changed over time to fit what Alex liked so she really wasn't herself at all. I would say that she discovered her true self throughout the book. She had stopped playing music because that was Alex's thing so she picked her clarinet back up and tried out for a local play. She dressed differently, took classes she was interested in, met new people and created a more fulfilling life for herself along the way.

Andrea wasn't someone I particularly liked at the beginning and when Alex left, she was quite pathetic. As she started to find her own way, she grew on me. I got a bit frustrated with her again as she slipped for a while, but that ultimately helped her figure out what she really wanted.

I enjoyed reading Andrea's story. She made new friends and not all of them were kind. It was fun to get to know all of them and I was happy with the way it ended!

Content: Some swear words (the "b" word is used a few times) and talk of sex (no details).

Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of seventeen self-published novels including the free ebook "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" which has had over 385,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.

This picture, taken by and licensed from Martin Russell of PixelMagic Digital Photography, was used in the program for Heather's first musical as a drummer ("Fame! The Musical") in February 2012.


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