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The Worst Day Of My Life, So Far

The Worst Day Of My Life So Far Fighting her way back to sleep after her mother s latest Alzheimer s driven a m ramble Jeanne Roth reminds herself Tomorrow will be here soon and it s going to be just like today was like some

  • Title: The Worst Day Of My Life, So Far
  • Author: M.A. Harper
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Fighting her way back to sleep after her mother s latest Alzheimer s driven 3 00 a.m ramble, Jeanne Roth reminds herself Tomorrow will be here soon, and it s going to be just like today was, like something out of Lewis Carroll on crystal meth.

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    1. The heroine of this novel is a full-time caregiver for her mother, who has Alzheimer's. It was touted as funny, but I couldn't laugh at the story of my worst nightmare. I think caregivers will read this and nod their heads and hopefully appreciate the acknowledgement of their completely desperate situation. The story itself was interesting, just the story of a family and their relationships with each other, spouses and exes. The illness and caregiving were just part of the larger family story. I [...]

    2. Many stories start out with a setting of a protagonist in a dysfunctional family. This novel reverses the trend. In The Worst Day of My Life, So Far, by M. A. Harper, the core of this family, the mother and father, are completely in love. Neither parent is cheating on the other. If there is any problem at all, hinted at in the beginning of the story, it is that the mother is slavishly devoted to the husband. He is her hobby. But that is OK, mom has his total support as well. So the children shou [...]

    3. So many bad days, so much hilarious black humorI love this author and this book that is so realistic about caring for a parent with Alzheimer's. I've loved black humor since I first worked in an outpatient clinic at a large hospital. It's a not-so-nice but very effective way of dealing with situations that might otherwise make one cry. The protagonist grew from a woman who hated her lot in life and her mother's past treatment of her to a woman who let the past slide and loved the good that she c [...]

    4. Nightmare of Alzheimer'sI can relate so closely with Jeanne. My mother is a victim of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. I am her caregiver, but unlike Jeanne one of my brothers helps. It is strange how the more you need people the more they desert you. There is no life beyond care-giving. Just the simple act of grocery shopping becomes a mini vacation. My mother is 96 and medically she is in better shape than I, but I intend to care for her as long as possible.

    5. I'm being very generous with a 2 star rating, only because I actually finished this book. Jeanne Roth returned to Auletta, LA, a backwater town, to care for her mother who has Alzheimer's. On every page she whines and complains about her lot in life. Every page. Whether relating her own backstory or talking about other people, Jeanne always brings it back to herself and how much her life sucks. It's very hard to have any empathy for a character like that. The book does portray the decline of the [...]

    6. One of the Worst Books I ever read!"I hate my life." "I want my freedom." "Feel sorry for me." You just read this book. AWFUL! Not funny, just repetitive.

    7. Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s is not easy. It can be especially difficult when the person has played a major role in your life, primarily a negative one. But in THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE, SO FAR, M.A. Harper manages to explore the experiences of Jeanne who returned home to Auletta, Louisiana, to help with her mother as the disease takes away more and more of her identity and does it with honesty, wit, and a philosophic bent. She sees the disease as a personhood loss, not a memory los [...]

    8. Honestly, I am always a little skeptical of novels published "only digitally." Call me a snob, but, historically, I generally find them weaker on plot, characterization, grammar, style, and just about any other characteristic you could name than those products that go through the tried-and-true process. While "The Worst Day of My Life, So Far" has not fully changed my opinion, it has given me hope that, as the digital process matures, that we will see tremendous improvements in quality and value [...]

    9. I have mixed feelings about this book. The writing itself was good, had excellent flow, and was easy to get into. The main characters seemed authentic and the scenes definitely had a ring of real experience to them. I can only give it two stars though due to some significant issues.So small it's almost not worth mentioning: The author names the in-laws Sid and Nancy unironically. Mental picture!Minor quibble: Maybe this is a holdover from the setting in the 80s, but there was a lot - a LOT - of [...]

    10. I've been trying to figure out how to review this book. I definitely get that it's black humor, and I didn't LOL when I was reading it. But I also didn't STOP reading until it was over. I can totally see someone who is caregiving in almost complete isolation reacting to these situations the way Jeanne does. Even though it does feel like she's whining repetitively in places, I realize that she has no respite from her mother and lives most of her days with no one to talk to other than her mother, [...]

    11. Meh. This book had an interesting premise, but it was so unrelentingly negative that I couldn't really enjoy it. Jeanne, the main character, grows up in a small town in Louisiana. Her life is shaped by her parents (particularly her mother) and their seemingly perfect relationship. When her widowed mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Jeanne decides to come home to care for her. I was hoping that the book would give some insight into caring for a parent, or into how our parents shape our [...]

    12. Ooh, this book packs an emotional punch that left me reeling, but unable to put it down. I read the entire thing in one night. Woke up the next morning with what felt like a hangover.The Worst Day of My Life, So Far stars Jeanne Roth, who at the age of 40, has returned to her shitty little hometown to care for her mother, who was never very nice to her even before the Alzheimer's set in. Jeanne is divorced, lonely, jobless and unhappy. Her mother alternates between a state of childlike feeblenes [...]

    13. This is a powerful story, thought provoking, sad and so very realistic. This is Jeanne's story, that of a parent with Alzheimer's. The endless, thankless, sleepless days and nights that roll into one, the loneliness and heartbreak, the worry and danger. Seeing the woman that brought you up and you call mother no longer recognise you, but sees people that are dead, she can't even remember how to use toilet paper. A mother that was proud and beautiful. There is no hope, no help, no cure.The author [...]

    14. This book was I have read a lot of books in my life and this one is absolutely amazing. From start to finish I was so into this book that I never wanted to put it down and found myself almost burning food and get back to work late from lunch due loosing track of time. It is an amazing story of a woman who felt she never fit in with her beautiful families life, who gave up everything she did have to take care of her mother how is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. There were times when I hated h [...]

    15. I chose this book because the author is from New Orleans and she shows many scenes in the city. I had the feeling that it was a memoir of sorts, but the author doesn't confirm that.The story profiles a young woman who was part of the hippie world of the 60's. Her rebellion and life style was well portrayed. She then gets older, marries, makes a mess of marriage and child rearing. She is then called "home" as her mother is ill with Alzheimer's. She moves into the house in a fictional town called [...]

    16. This book is scary, especially if you have a history of Alzheimers in your family like me. Maybe it was a little bit too much realism for me. You'd hope that after reading through chapters of uncomfortable suffering there would be a life lesson or affirming thought at the end, but the book ends abruptly with little sense of anything accomplished except surving through a trying experience.I hope I don't have to make the protagonist's decision: wrench my only surviving parent from the familiarity [...]

    17. I really enjoyed this book. It started on a light-hearted note, and as the novel unfurled it drew me in more and more. The main character is a middle aged woman coming to terms with her life when her father dies. She has to return home to Louisiana to care for her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's. As her mother declines, Jeanne is increasingly trapped in her childhood home. It's a compelling read and a realistic look at the life of a caregiver. Funny and deadly serious at the same time. [...]

    18. after reading reviews here i wasnt too sure about this book. i liked it.i would give it an 'almost' 4 star rating if it were possiblee main charaacter is a 40 something woman who grew up with 'issues' regarding her mother. the woman ends up moving back home to care for her mom who now has alzheimers. i think it was a very honest book, even tho several have tho't she was whining a lot. there were many places i could relate to what the woman was feeling thats for sure-maybe thats why i liked it sc [...]

    19. Having had a grandmother who suffered through Alzheimers and a grandfather who was with her every step of the way as primary caregiver, I found a few moments in the story that pained me at the thought of what they both must have been feeling (or not feeling) during those later years. I struggled, however, with the ending, which I felt came far too abruptly. There was not enough resolution for me, just as there is not enough, or any, resolution for the families of Alzheimers patients. A key inten [...]

    20. A really fine novel, exceptionally well written, very humorous, and yet very hard to take. A middle aged woman whose marriage has ended (her husband cheated), and her father has recently died, returns home (near New Orleans) to care for her mother, suffering from Alzheimers. She and her beautiful, strong-willed mother have had a difficult relationship and as she struggles to survive (mostly just barely) as a caretaker she must come to terms with their past. Any reader that has faced a similar si [...]

    21. This novel, set in a dead end town in Louisiana, is the first person account of a woman caring for her mother who has Alzheimer's. It is written as if it is her diary plus a manual for people who may be in this situation, and despite the depressing-sounding premise, has some hilarious moments and is a page turner.It seems apparent that the author speaks at least in part from her own experience or has done some incredible research.I didn't like the first chapter, at first it seemed a little "Ya Y [...]

    22. I think anyone who has parents suffering from cognitive issues with aging will appreciate this book. She write lovingly about her mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's, yet the realities and frustrations of how serious this disease is rings true throughout this book. The humor she uses takes the edge off the very uncomfortable situations that (realistically) occur with aging parents. The ending is a bit sketchy what really happened to her mother? Maybe the next book will explore that?

    23. I found this to be a very well-written look into the burden of caring for an Alzheimer's patient. The protagonist is believable and the situations are depressingly familiar to anyone who has dealt with someone suffering from Alzheimer's. I did not find it an uplifting read in any way, in fact it was sufficiently depressing that I almost didn't finish the book. I think, however, that it really is worth reading and is a very thought provoking novel.

    24. sad but inspiringI gave this book five stars because it was so true to life and written with honesty. Thankfully I haven't gone through the horror of Alzheimer's. I never thought I would say this, but I'm glad my mom passed two years ago because she didn't have to go through this mind-numbing disease, which ran in her family. Thank you M.A. Harper.

    25. I enjoyed this book - the humor is great - nothing thats going to have you laughing to tears or anything, just the author being witty when there really is not any other way to be.Velma reminds me of my good friends mother and I began to wonder if any of this will replay to me in real life later on

    26. Anyone dealing with a loved ones mental decline should read thisVery well developed characters dealing with the unspoken problems of family dysfunction and decline. This book inspires thought on a serious subject with just enough humor to keep it interesting. I definitely recommend.

    27. Depressing and Disappointing A long winded, repetitive, poor me storywhich I found humorless even if every thought was approached from three or four directions in an effort to squeeze outsomething humorous about divorce, Alzheimers, or being gay. The book ended abruptly with no solutions or revelations, leaving the reader hanging

    28. This was a thoughtful, interesting book that dealt with the complexities of the family structure in a realistic fashion. I enjoyed it, and think it's a book I might pick up when I'm older just to get a different perspective on the narrator's views towards aging.

    29. This was the saddest book ever. Also, very funny. Not often do I have to say, through its of uncontrollable laughter, "This woman (ha ha ha) is being (ha ha) sexually assaulted (snicker)." Which made me feel like pretty much the worst person who ever lived. So, yes, read this book.

    30. I never saw this as humorous, but as a truth telling experience for all those called back to care for a parent with Alzheimer's. It is remarkably well-written, and details the ways we all try to escape our family ties, only to recognize how tightly tied they are. Superb!

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