Everything and a Happy Ending by Tia Shurina

A memoir about 3 interconnected relationships & 3 special men in my life. The fact that youre reading this makes me happy. Maybe youve mistaken this for a how to give a good happy ending sexual self-help book. Maybe youre reading because you have a genuine interest in anothers journey. Either way, Im good. My journey almost destroyed me. Almost. Boy, have I come to like that word. What a pleasurable word almost can be. You may almost be ready to buy my book. You may almost be ready to begin an amazing new journey of your own. You may almost be over that rainbow Judy Garland sings about. What great potential almost can hold, if you can flip your way of thinking. Just imagine controlled pessimism, doubt, and fear flipped into blind optimism, faith, and love.


*This book was given to me to read and review however all opinions are my own*

I’m not usually the biggest fan of non-fiction books and I tend to read only about 1 or 2 a year. So when I was asked to read this memoir of sorts about a woman who had kids and a husband and a father who used to gamble, I was very hesitant. I could relate to absolutely nothing it seemed. However I thought I would give it a try anyway and I was pleasantly surprised.

Firstly, I have to commend Tia for her blatent honesty. There were a lot of views in this book that I found a bit unique. The most glaring one being that with financial security, it doesn’t matter what problems you face because your life is great. I didn’t always agree with what she said but I found it refreshing that in a society where we are always so scared of saying the wrong thing or offending people, Tia is able to calmly state her piece and then logically defend it.

I also just enjoyed her story in general. Tia has been through a lot in her life and while I can’t relate to a lot of what she has been through, I can understand the feelings of being a failure, of being outcasted, of worry, of joy and everything in between. For some bizarre reason, I was able to still see myself between the pages of her novel and I found that to be the best part of reading it. The story was perfect.

That is not to say that this novel is without faults. Unfortunatly, while the story was excellent, I felt that it was very jumpy and at times I would get quite confused. The story jumped from one point to another and one time frame to another in the span of a paragraph at times and it was quite uncomfortable.

The story was also very repetitive and preachy at times. I understood the need to defend some claims but I found that she went on and on and on at times and I was like stop already. I get it.

That said though, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I thought that it was a very meaningful and special read. I’m very glad that I chose to read this novel as I know I would not have picked it for myself under any other circumstances.




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