I was planning to sit down and write one of my usual (exceedingly eloquent and learned) book reviews, this time of The Upside of Over by JD Barrett, but realised much of what I wanted to say is really not about the book, but about the notion itself.
Given I already inject far too much of myself into my reviews I figured I’d touch v.briefly on this book – which I enjoyed – a well-written and easy read – perfect for a sunny day at the beach or when cocooned under blankets in a cold house with rain falling outside…. but really talk more a little about the concept:
That sometimes what feels like the very worst thing that could happen to us, is – in fact – the best.
The Upside of Over
by J.D. Barrett
Published by Hachette Australia
on May 29th 2018
Source: Hachette Australia
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
ISBN: 9780733637971, B0794Z7SPQ
What happens when one of the country's most popular identities goes from reading the news to being the news?
Olivia Law had always been the good girl. Great grades, perfect career, husband, house and hairdo. She'd learnt image was everything so she refused to look below the surface of her life. When not at work her minutes were filled with causes, chairing boards and dining at fabulous restaurants with her equally fabulous husband, David. She kept up the Botox, blow-dries and worked hard. It wasn't enough, but whenever doubt crept in she'd head to a pilates class or plan a renovation on her trophy house.
Then she turned 45. Olivia wasn't prepared for David to leave. The fact that they hadn't had sex for two years should have triggered warning bells ... it didn't.
In an attempt to fix her broken marriage Olivia exposed herself like never before. But when her confession goes viral, the husband, house and job disappear. The woman who once offered glamorous reassurance and a steady gaze is labelled a princess of perversion. Humiliated, defeated, facing fifty shades of failure, she's left wondering who the hell she really is? Stripped bare, she abandons perfection ... and something remarkable happens.
Olivia Law just might get her sass back (and this time, it's the real thing).
I’ve written before about being made redundant – now almost 6yrs ago.
The news that the entire branch of my government department was being terminated was a shock. HELLO, SINGLE WITH MORTGAGE?! But… after some contemplation I actually looked forward to the changes it would bring me. Indeed, though things haven’t exactly gone to plan since August / September 2012, the decimation of my old government agency was one of the best things that has happened to me.
I’ve realised over the last year or so that I’ve reconciled myself to my lack of family. I can finally deal with mothers and children, pregnant women and those who assume motherhood is on the cards, without thinking they’re all purposely taunting me.
And, even now, as my contract nears its end I’m trying hard not to panic about looming unemployment. Again.
Of course there’s that smidge of me who sees it as an opportunity. Sure, I failed to make money (in a way that would allow me to actually eat and pay bills) from my writing in the past. But maybe – if it comes to that and I have no other source of income – I’ll be forced to step outside of my comfort zone and actually try……
Either way it’s a reminder that there often is an ‘upside of over’.
The Upside of Over by JD Barrett (who hovers between Sydney, Byron Bay and LA) was published in Australia by Hachette and is now available. For more, check out my review of one of her earlier books, The Song of Us.
Can you relate? Have you had any horrid experiences that have (ultimately) had an upside?
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