Women Like Us, A Memoir, a review by Sherry

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Women Like Us
Amanda Prowse

382 pages
Little A
published September 6, 2022

Amazon | Goodreads

About the book:

Amanda Prowse has built a bestselling career on the lives of fictional women. Now she turns the pen on her own life.

I guess the first question to ask is, what kind of woman am I? Well, you know those women who saunter into a room, immaculately coiffed and primped from head to toe?

If you look behind her, you’ll see me.

From her childhood, where there was no blueprint for success, to building a career as a bestselling novelist against all odds, Amanda Prowse explores what it means to be a woman in a world where popularity, slimness, beauty and youth are currency—and how she overcame all of that to forge her own path to happiness.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious and always entirely relatable, Prowse details her early struggles with self-esteem and how she coped with the frustrating expectations others had of how she should live. Most poignantly, she delves into her toxic relationship with food, the hardest addiction she has ever known, and how she journeyed out the other side.

One of the most candid memoirs you’re ever likely to read, Women Like Us provides welcome insight into how it is possible—against the odds—to overcome insecurity, body consciousness and the ubiquitous imposter syndrome to find happiness and success, from a woman who’s done it all, and then some.

My Review:

What happens when a writer tells her story?  I must admit I haven’t read any of her books, but am always intrigued by someone’s story.  And I always say you can never know what someone is going through and this book reminds me of that.  She tells a no holds barred all of her struggles and that she still ends up a writer loved by her fans.

It is such a relatable read.  The relationship with food and love of Duran Duran, I really could relate to moments in her life.  Both heartbreaking and heartwarming, she doesn’t sugarcoat anything.  While her writing was easy to read, the journey wasn’t always. 

This is a brave story of how she came to be who she is.  I am off to look up one of her fictional books to read.

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