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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
I Used to be Fun by Melanie Summers is a stunning novel about building the courage to live life on your terms. Forty-six-year-old Jessica Halloway has a healthy family, a lovely home, a part-time job, financial security, and good friends. Yet she feels miserable and thinks something's wrong with her. She also wonders why she can't be happy with what she has. When she was young, she wanted to become a lawyer, but she got married, had two kids, dedicated her life to them, and completely forgot about her dreams. Now she thinks it's too late to do something important or meaningful with her life. She wants to reconnect with the woman she once was but is too scared. Will Jess figure out how to reinvent herself? Will her family support her?
I Used to be Fun is an examination of identity and the consequences of not living the life you crave and not knowing what to do with your life. It's a brave, heartbreaking, and empowering read from cover to cover. It's packed with riveting drama, funny scenes, and painful truths about life, marriage, and a midlife crisis. I firmly believe that every woman, married and with kids, should read it. It's an inspiring source of strength and comfort during emotional well-being challenges. Melanie Summers brilliantly captured how women feel when they spend their entire life looking after everyone else but themselves and trying to impress and please people. This novel will make women who are taken for granted and do not feel respected or appreciated think deeply about their dreams, wants, and needs.