Book Review: Wake-Up Call (The Wake-Up Series #1) by Amy Avanzino

Wake Up Call by Amy AvanzinoTitle: Wake-Up Call
Author: Amy Avanzino
Genre: Chick Lit / Humour / Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Format: eBook / Paperback / Hardcover
Pages: 276
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US

Book Blurb:
FIRST in a NEW Heartwarming Series

Sarah Winslow wakes up with a terrible hangover… and a kid in her boyfriend’s bed. She makes the horrifying discovery that, due to a head injury, it’s not a hangover. She’s got memory loss. Overnight, five years have disappeared, and she’s no longer the hard-living, fast-track, ad executive party girl she thinks she is. Now, she’s the unemployed, pudgy, married, stay-at-home-mom of three kids under five, including twins.

As she slowly pieces together the mystery of how her dreams and aspirations could have disintegrated so completely in five short years, she finds herself utterly failing to manage this life she can’t imagine choosing. When Sarah meets the man of her dreams, she realizes she’s got to make a choice: Does she follow her bliss and “do-over” her life? Or does the Sarah she’s forgotten hold the answers to how she got here… and how she can stay?

Related subjects include: chick lit, women’s fiction, humor, humorous fiction, rom com, romantic comedy, friendship.

Part of the Henery Press Chick Lit Collection, if you like one, you’ll probably like them all…

My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

My Review:
The concept of this book is great, imagine waking up and finding your life on it’s head, your boyfriend is now your husband. Your career has been swapped out for motherhood and your great figure has been traded in for curves.

For Sarah waking up and finding five pretty significant years of her life missing these are realities which come crashing down on her! The book follows her trying to reconnect to her twenties, while realising and adjusting to being in her thirties as she struggles with trying to find her memory, connect with her Husband, and get to know her children.

It was an enjoyable book, with a few laugh out loud moments. There are some tear jerking times in this book and other cringeworthy moments where Sarah’s quest to relive her twenties go horribly wrong.

Personally, I didn’t feel completely connected with the book though, I think there was a little bit too much focus on the child aspect for me and this put me off. I’m not a parent, not maternal and found these aspects of the book quite off-putting. I think mothers would find this more appealing with the thoughts and feelings being expressed being relatable, but for me it was too much and a few times I almost gave up.

Thank you to Henery Press for the ARC of this book in return for this honest review.

About Amy Avanzino:
Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a former advertising executive, who has spent the last several years writing, while doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Call series. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards.

Amy currently lives in the stands above the football fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds around Folsom, California, with her husband and four children. Connect with her at

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

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