I just closed Em Rusciano’s book after a marathon day of reading. It started with planning to read a chapter or two and ended with my kids getting Ubereats for dinner and a steady day of ABC2 viewing. I could NOT put it down. Now it’s fair to say I’m an Em fan, I’ve been to her shows, read her articles and piss myself laughing at her Facebook posts but after finishing her debut novel ‘Try Hard: Tales from the life of a needy overachiever’ I’m SO on team Em.
Today I have cried, I have laughed and I have even snot bubble cry laughed. Em creates a safe space from the beginning and takes you on a trip down memory lane of 1980’s goodness from stakehats, to chiko rolls to Brashes vouchers, and who can forget travelling in your parents car sans a seatbelt without anyone being called a bad parent.
So many times I laughed out loud while reading this book. SO many times. It is very very funny in true Em Rusciano style but she also lets us into lots of hard and real times. Like separating from her husband and losing close family member to experiencing post natal depression. This funny feisty lady reveals another side by talking honestly about her mental health and how bloody shit it feels. You can feel her anxiety through the page as she talks about some crap times in radio and on Australian Idol and what it feels like to lose everything and start again.
Em talks honestly about pregnancy, I mean seriously from iron vag to pit tits to discharge. It’s all there. Em makes no promises of being a perfect person but her love for her two daughters shines through all the way. The letter to Marchella and Odette, in case of her death is a MUST read. There is so much goodness in this book and so much to relate to.
And after revealing what a top bloke Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills is by saving her financially when she hit rock bottom I may have developed a sort of not so secret crush on him as well. Which I certainly didn’t expect at ALL when I started the book.
LOVE. 465 sparkly diva stars.
You can buy Em’s book, ‘Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever’ here.
Check out some of the chats we had with Em On The Couch.