Monday, September 12, 2016

There's Been A Change of Plans: A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife by Amy Koko


Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir. Expecting a trip to Italy, Koko is blind-sided by her husband’s confession that he’s been putting his shoes
under a much younger and prettier woman's bed.

Synopsis -

Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There's Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. Expecting a trip to Italy, Koko is blind-sided by her husband’s confession that he’s been putting his shoes under a much younger and prettier woman's bed. After twenty-seven years of marriage and four children, she faces the unimaginable: her life as she knows it is unraveling around her and her family’s future is anything but certain.

In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron's Heartburn and Jenny Lawson's Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.

With incredible honesty and humor, Koko takes the reader on a wild ride through the tough, emotional times of starting over through divorce, mid-life, finding a job, and Internet dating, all the while trying to keep her four teenagers out of jail.
There’s been a change of plans, and that’s just the beginning.

Review -

In my late teens and early adult life, Erma Bombeck's hilarious take on everyday life would help me keep my head above water when life was tough. Who can forget - If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, Why I Am I Living in the Pits?  The underlying mantra - no matter what life throws at you, you just gotta laugh! Since her passing in 1996, there really has been no one new to lead me with a laugh through the trials of everyday life - well until now. Enter Amy Koko!

There's Been A Change of Plans: A Memoir About Divorce, Dating and Delinquents in Midlife is a welcome opening salvo by this author. Koko has her own unique author's voice and writing style, but that same ability to look at the highs and lows of life with humour. She openly shares her trials, laughs at her mistakes and shares about her very normal kids without apology.

Her book follows her crazy journey dealing with divorce after 27 years of marriage and weathering trials as she works to keep her four kids from straying too far down the wrong path. The story is told with an amazing wit that, despite the difficulties faced, kept me laughing from start to finish.

While the subject in this book was Koko's journey through divorce, I hope she will turn her immense talent for creating laughter to other areas of daily life. I'm crossing my fingers (arms, eyes, legs, toes, etc.) that this is just the first book of many she will write. I leave you with one of her closing comments on on surviving divorce as it has great relevance for everyone -

"Most importantly, take care of you. One thing I realized once I found myself 
alone is that I didn't even know me anymore. What were my dreams, desires, 
new goals? Take the time to figure it out."

Buy the Book:  Amazon  ~  Barnes and Noble

Check out a great behind the scenes author interview - HERE!

Meet the Author - 

After 27 years of marriage, Amy Koko went into divorce, kicking, screaming, stalking and drunk texting but lived to tell about it. She is the creator of the popular blog Exwifenewlife and a contributor to Huffington Post Divorce as well as Huffington Post Women. Amy lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where she begins each day with a freshly ground cup of good coffee and ends it with a good glass of pinot noir. Or chardonnay. Or a dirty martini. Whatever's handy.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the kind words Marilyn! I am beyond honored to be compared to the great Erma Bombeck!

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    1. You're the first I've read since her that has that you just got to laugh touch, but I want to be clear, you have your own unique and fresh voice. Keep writing Amy!

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