Tuesday 17 January 2023

BLOG TOUR: My (extra)Ordinary Life - Rebecca Ryan

Have you ever wondered how normal you are? 
What if you were perfectly average? 
More than anyone else. 

For Emily – it's true. When she watches a documentary on the average human she sees her life. Her job, her hair, her favourite food. All of her – plainly, horrifically average. Even her blood group. Right there and then, she decides she wants more. 

She'll travel the world (i.e. venture out of her hometown)

She'll become a vegan (it's interesting to hate cheese, right?) 

She'll do something daring (As long as it's safety tested) 

Nothing will stand in the way of Emily living her best life. Not even Josh and his dimples. Because she absolutely can't fall in love... that would be too ordinary. 

And from now on, Emily is going to be extraordinary. 

What did I think?

My (extra)Ordinary Life is an absolutely fantastic debut from Rebecca Ryan; it's a feel-good hug in a book that really puts the reader through the emotional wringer.  It's a romcom with all the feels.

Emily Turner is average and whilst I would say there's nothing wrong with that, the whole reasoning behind why Emily wants to be extraordinary is completely heart-wrenching.  After this wake-up call, Emily creates The Life List and over the next few months, she will do things that ordinary Emily would never have done.  Apart from fall in love - that's not part of the plan at all.

Oh my goodness, I didn't think I had particularly connected with Emily but I found myself choking back tears at the end; in a happy/sad kind of way.  Just seeing a little glimpse of her in the mirror makes my heart ache and I could completely understand why she wanted more from her life.  

It's so beautifully written and I alternated between laughing out loud and holding back tears as I experienced not just a rollercoaster of emotions, but a helter-skelter and bungee jump range of emotions too.  I would love to see it made into a film but I can't promise I wouldn't cry at the end.

Charming, funny and completely wonderful, be prepared to laugh, cry and everything in between when you read My (extra)Ordinary Life.  I loved it!

I received an ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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