Everything I Never Wanted to Be [Book Review]

Title: Everything I Never Wanted to Be
Author: Dina Kucera
Genre: Memoir
ISBN: 0982579438
Pages: 216
Year: 2010
Publisher: Dream of Things
Source: Review copy provided as part of the TLC Book Tour
Rating: 4.5/5

My Thoughts:

It’s always a little strange to review a memoir. I mean, I don’t really want to review this woman’s life. It’s her life. And it hasn’t been an easy one. But it certainly made a wonderful book.

Everything I Never Wanted to Be was heartbreaking and hilarious. I would laugh out loud at one paragraph and shed a tear at the next.

Dina Kucera is a standup comic and grocery checker. She is also a recovering alcoholic. Her husband is unemployed, her mother has Parkinson’s, her grandson has cerebral palsy. Her three daughters have a plethora of mental illnesses and addictions between them. She spends her days getting rid of imaginary people under her mother’s bed, checking her daughter into rehab (again), and smiling at customers who bring 67 items into the express lane. This is her life. Every day.

Kucera relates her often-painful history in such a brutally honest way. Instead of despair, this book offers hope.  It is full of humor and love and faith.

I wanted to quote passages, but they are all so wonderful I can’t choose. I really hope you pick up this book. You won’t be able to put it down once you do.

Check out the rest of the tour:

Tuesday, November 9th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, November 10th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Tuesday, November 16th: Silver & Grace

Wednesday, November 17th: Knowing the Difference

Thursday, November 18th: A Fair Substitute for Heaven

Thursday, November 23rd: Lit and Life

Tuesday, November 30th: Suko’s Notebook

Wednesday, December 1st: {indie}pendent books

Thursday, December 2nd: my books. my life.

Monday, December 6th: Books Like Breathing

Tuesday, December 7th: Natty Michelle

Wednesday, December 8th: Literate Housewife

Thursday, December 9th: Lisa’s Yarns

Monday, December 13th: Reading on a Rainy Day

Tuesday, December 14th: Rundpinne

Wednesday, December 15th: Tina’s Book Reviews

Thursday, December 16th: Life In Pink

Buy It Now: Get 30% off Dina’s book at www.everythinginever.com by entering coupon code “Dina” at checkout.

2 thoughts on “Everything I Never Wanted to Be [Book Review]

  1. Dina Kucera December 2, 2010 / 9:48 am

    Thank you so, so much!!! I hope you get throught the season in one piece! Dina Kucera PS… everyone is doing so amazing, I may have to write another book. I think the cover should be bright yellow with the sun shining on a cute child:)


    • Michelle December 2, 2010 / 1:51 pm

      That is wonderful news, Dina. I hope everyone continues to do well and if you write that bright yellow book, I’ll read it. 🙂


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