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Laugh Cry Rewind: A Memoir by Judy Haveson is a life story portrayed with resilience amid joy and tragedy. Raised in a loving family, Haveson navigated teenage years marked by familial illness and endured a horrific assault. In college, she mourned her sister Celia's death from Hodgkin's disease. Despite overwhelming grief, she found solace in music and built a successful career, working up from the bottom rung as an unpaid intern to road tours with pop culture icons of the day. A move to New York presented new challenges, but also love with her partner Adam. When yet more tragic losses clipped at their marriage and European honeymoon, Haveson switched focus to her well-being. Following loss again, Haveson fell pregnant in 2007. The birth of her son, complicated by his diagnosis of mild hemophilia, brought joy and trepidation. Through sleepless nights and health fears, Haveson honored her sister's memory, embracing strength and the journey of motherhood.
Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson is a profoundly honest and deeply personal account of a woman who is the embodiment of falling down five times and getting up six. In fact, it feels like that's about how many lives Haveson has lived. The memoir depicts a turbulent coming of age that without the foundation of a solid family would have toppled a less fortunate young person. The death of her sister Celia was difficult to read because it is too heartbreaking to imagine. Haveson plows forward to navigate life's ups and downs, persisting in her search for joy and love amidst a stream of losses. There's fun too, though! She was actually on tour with Vanilla Ice when he was in a motorcycle accident and comes across authentically as the cool girl you always wanted to be your friend. She's practically Sassy Magazine material. Overall, the book presents a touching tapestry of Haveson's life, her courage, and her unwavering belief in the power of love in all its forms, reminding us of the human capacity to laugh, cry, and ultimately rebound.