My Pear-Shaped Life – Carmel Harrington
Publication Date: April 16, 2020
She’s hiding so much behind her big smile that she has forgotten who she is.
But Greta is about to discover that the key to being happy is… being you.
Greta Gale has played the part of the funny fat one her entire life, hiding her insecurities behind a big smile. But size doesn’t matter when you can laugh at yourself, right?
But with her world feeling like it’s falling down around her, Greta is about to discover she’s stronger than she feels. And that sometimes the best moments in life come when it’s all gone a bit pear-shaped…
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Have you ever looked in the mirror and immediately started to critique your appearance or your weight? Perhaps it has crossed your mind that if only you were a little bit smaller then everything in your life would be better? That you would be happier if you reached a certain weight on the scale? I know that these kind of toxic thoughts have crossed my mind in the past, and I would be surprised if anyone could honestly say that they haven’t thought the same at least once in their life. If you have had these types of thoughts in the past, or are currently struggling with body image issues, then My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington is the book for you.
“Remember that you only have one precious life. Make it the very best version that you can.” – Carmel Harrington, My Pear-Shaped Life
Have you ever wished that a character was real, just so you could reach out and hug them? This is how I felt about the entire cast of characters in My Pear-Shaped Life. I wanted to provide support for Greta as she dealt with her addiction and body image issues, hug her parents and siblings who had to watch Greta go through a tough time, and squeeze the hand of her best friend to encourage him to hang in there. I felt a strong emotional bond with each character, and I did not want to put down the book until I knew that they were going to be okay.
The way in which Harrington approaches serious social issues in this book is really quite impressive. While this book tackles issues such as body image, addiction, self acceptance, and grief, it is not a dark book. In fact, I would say that My Pear-Shaped Life is quite an uplifting and happy book. The more serious social issues are by no means dismissed, they are just approached in a way that did not leave me feeling down. There is an important lesson that is conveyed in this book: you are enough, just as you are.
While the first part of the book had a more serious tone, the second half was really fun as we follow Greta and her uncle Ray as they take a road trip from Kansas City to Las Vegas. The road trip is an important one for both of them: Greta is just out of rehab and is looking forward to seeing her favourite lifestyle guru and namesake speak in Vegas, and Ray hopes to reconnect with someone from his past. This road trip turns into a life-changing adventure with everyone involved, and I feel like I grew and learned some lessons right alongside these characters.
“The greatest adventure of our lives is finding out who we truly are, on the inside.” – Carmel Harrington, My Pear-Shaped Life
My Pear-Shaped Life is exceptionally well-written. I have heard of Carmel Harrington before, but this is actually my first book of hers to read. I must say that I now cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. I have a funny feeling that she could become one of my favourite authors. If you are currently feeling like you are not enough, or if your self-confidence is dwindling, or if you just need a life-affirming story at this moment in your life, please read My Pear-Shaped Life by Carmel Harrington.
Carmel Harrington is an internationally published novelist from County Wexford in Ireland, where she lives with her family. She has published seven novels and has been shortlisted twice for an Irish Book Award. Her books have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are published in eight languages to date.