I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

I Liked My Life

Called "marvelous" and "absolutely stunning," this debut asks: What happens when a mother's death leaves her husband and daughter wondering why they thought everything was okay when it was not?“An emotional journey of love, loss, healing, and redemption. I rooted for every character.” —Lisa See, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan“I Liked My Life is a treasure of a novel. Warm-hearted and clev...

Details I Liked My Life

TitleI Liked My Life
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews I Liked My Life

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I more than just liked, "I Liked My Life", I LOVED it!!From the very first sentence I was hooked!Madeline (Maddy) tells us....."I found the perfect wife for my husband" and "Recruitment is the least I can do"You see Maddy is not among the living anymore, but she's not exactly gone either. She is somewhere not here. Her life is just out of reach. At first she wonders if she's ...
  • Larry H
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars on this one.There were times when I was a teenager and in my early 20s (back in the dark ages) that I suffered from depression, and I thought about what it would be like to attend my own funeral, to see who would attend and what people would say about me, whether they would be sorry or sad, or how they would react.In a strange way, I was reminded of those thoughts when I was reading Abby Fabiaschi's beautifully moving ...
  • Christine
    I Liked My Life is an exceptionally good debut novel by Ms. Abby Fabiaschi. I absolutely loved it. Without a doubt it will make my top ten list of 2017 reads; if I had finished it a week earlier, I would have bounced a book off my 2016 list to make room for it.This is a superb character study of two people, Brady and Eve, especially Eve. The story has great depth and is very moving, bringing me to tears (good tears) at the end. Madeleine (Maddy),...
  • Debbie
    3.8, happily rounded upShe liked her life and I liked this book, even though one of the narrators is a ghost. Tell me there’s a ghost in a book, and usually I gallop away, naying all the way. That’s ridiculous, I say, all huffy and puffy, there are no ghosts so stop talking about them. Besides, I never did cozy up to friendly little Casper.But the ghost in this book is different. Here, she just puts thoughts into people's heads in the hope th...
  • Carol
    "Maddy is a ghost with a purpose." After her suicide, Maddy decides she must find a better suited wife and mother for the husband and teenage daughter she left behind. With her witty ghostly voice and loving presence around them, Maddy instills thoughts into their minds to help guide them through this difficult time hoping to bring father and daughter closer together and realize the importance of family and forgiveness as they struggle to underst...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    I finally got a chance to read this book. I have been wanting to read it for some time looking at my friends reviews. Everyone who raved about it was right. It was a thoroughly enjoyable novel that makes you think about life and your impact on others. It is hard to believe this extraordinary, beautiful book is a debut novel! Abby Fabiaschi writes with literary prose, smart dialogue, and an intuitive perception of life. I was totally immersed from...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Brady and Eve, father and teenage daughter struggle to find a connection, a way through their grief, after their mother, wife's suicide. Maddie though is watching from the beyond, prodding and poking when necessary to help the little family she left behind.This book surprised me, I am not a big reader of women's fiction and if not for the reviews of a few trusted friends, probably would have let this one pass me by. Another début novel, the ...
  • Cheri
    4.5 Stars ”When I find myself in times of troubleMother Mary comes to meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it beAnd in my hour of darknessShe is standing right in front of meSpeaking words of wisdom, let it beOh, let it be, let it be, let it be, let it beWhisper words of wisdom, let it be” Paul McCartney – Let It Be4.5 Stars Madeline, Maddy, should be gone by now, but she’s hovering, trying to find her replacement. Her husband will need someon...
  • Julie
    I liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi is a 2017 St. Martin's Press publication. This is a debut novel, believe it or not, but the writing is amazingly candid, vivid and beautiful. I can’t seem to find all the right words or ways to express how special this novel is. I absolutely loved it! All I can say is that I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.5 starsThis review is the copyrighted property of Night Owl Reviews. To read the entire review,...
  • Elyse
    It 'must' be a prerequisite to be "the cutest" of guys to be a fireman!!!! --- but that's a small tidbit joke for those who read this book....( what follows before had me laughing in stitches) ...think grill -patio - father/daughter dinner time. It felt good to laugh in this novel. It's a heartbreaking story!!!! This is the first book I've read by Abby Fabiaschi --which makes sense - it's Abby's debut novel. 'Congrats to her!!! Terrific first nov...
  • Linda
    "I have quietly stopped being me."Death seems to seep into our inner sensibilities and it leaves a stain for which there is no effacing. It takes up residence and has a pulse of its own. It rings its staccato rhythm in beat after beat of such painfilled loss.Brady Starling and his seventeen year old daughter, Eve, are caught up in the storm and aftermath of the suicide of Maddy, wife and mother. Broken by this reality, they search within themselv...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    5 STARS! A PERFECT CHOICE FOR YOUR BOOKCLUBThis is an unusual story because of the way it is told. Our main narrator is dead and yes, she is a ghost. That fact right there is enough to make me say “NEXT…”, but hold the phone, sis, this is a book I’m so glad I read. Maddy is our POV from beyond. She jumped off a 4 story building at the age of 45. She had one treasured child, a husband and lots of friends and family who loved her. She appea...
  • Luffy
    Maddy was an exceptional housewife who cared a lot for her husband Brady and her daughter Eve. However, suddenly she commits suicide, to the grief of her sundered family. Or, not so sundered.Her remaining family members can't begin to understand why she committed suicide.Suicide is a bane on life. But when granted artistic license, it can become touching. In Last Writes, a book that I loved to bits, the person to commit suicide says to the main c...
  • Zoeytron
    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Maddy, a 45 year old woman, takes her life by jumping from the roof of the library, leaving no suicide note. Husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, are left to sift through the whys and the wherefores. They will learn much about themselves as they struggle to cope. One doesn't always have the luxury of knowing why something happens.The grieving process is finely drawn here. The disbelief,...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Traveling Sister Read Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA!!5 glowing stars for I LIKED MY LIFE as we all thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience of reading this wonderful novel - very impressive for a debut novel! It definitely lived up to all the ‘hype’!!!Here is our very relatable and our “love of books” favourite quote: “Maddy was head down in a book later I learned that was the rule, not the exception -- if Maddy wasn't working she...
  • Susanne Strong
    An Absolutely Stellar Debut! This one is a MUST READ! 5 Stars. Maddy is a seemingly happy; a stay at home mother of a teenage daughter whom she adores and a wife to a very successful man. She volunteers at the local library and appears to have it all. Yet one day, Maddy commits suicide and doesn’t leave a note, leaving her daughter Eve and her husband Brady to wonder why. She did however write in a diary, which both her husband and daughter rea...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Great choice for a Traveling Sister read with Norma and Lindsay. I loved our conversation and having our new sister Linda join in on our conversation. Highly recommend for buddy reads and book clubs. You can find our Traveling Sister review on Norma's reviews on our our sister bloghttp://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    A friend recently told me sometimes it's harder to describe the books you loved over the ones you didn't...It's going to to be hard to do this one justice, but I'll start by saying this is one of the best books I've read this year. The chapters are divided into three different voices - Maddy (the mother who has passed away), Eve (Maddy's teenage daughter), and Brady (Maddy's husband). Reading Eve's perspective, I found it relatable and deeply per...
  • Linda
    "I Liked My Life," by Abby Fabiaschi, was a welcome surprise for a debut novel. The writing drew me in from the very first sentence, when Madeline/Maddy, the deceased, tells us: "I found the perfect wife for my husband." Madeline tragically dies but does not completely leave her teenage daughter, Eve, and husband, Brady, behind to deal with all their heartaches and doubts. Madeline has been everything to everybody, especially Eve and Brady, and s...
  • Meredith
    Review to come
  • Stacey
    4.5 I liked My Life has a lot of glowing reviews, but I was reluctant to pick it up. Then I was browsing the library shelves and there it was staring me down, daring me to check it out.Narrated by Madeline, the perfect wife, mother, and hostess, Brady her husband, and Eve their 17 year old daughter. From the beginning we know Madeline commits suicide. Obviously with a suicide comes a barrage of unanswerable questions then guilt and anger. How cou...
  • Victoria
    You don't always get to know what happened or why things happened a certain way, but it always, always, goes deeper than any one thing.Don’t be fooled by this book’s cover, there is so much more depth to this story than what it portrays. At the outset, yes, it seems a bit fluffy, woman dies and is hovering over her family insinuating herself into their lives in sometimes humorous ways, but make no mistake, this book has a heart and soul and i...
  • Cindy Burnett
    WOW! Abby Fabiaschi has written an amazing debut novel that once I started I could not put down. As I Liked My Life opens, Maddy has died, and her husband Brady and daughter Eve are left to pick up the pieces. Maddy is able to see them and subtly communicate with her loved ones and attempts to direct their lives. She searches for her replacement, finds someone she believes will work, and then tries to bring Rory into Brady and Eve’s orbit. Mean...
  • JanB
    This book drew me in from the start and the narrators of the audio version were excellent. What I liked:- the author is a human rights advocate who gives 20% of her profits to charities uplifting women and children around the world. This alone makes me a huge fan of the author.- the story is an honest portrayal of grief and the guilt that often accompanies it – but the author tempers it with humor and heartwarming moments, which saves it from b...
  • Suzanne Leopold
    Maddy is a ghost looking for a replacement for herself. She committed suicide and left behind a seventeen year old daughter, Eve and husband, Brady. She is able to read the minds of those she is watching and her spirit can direct their actions. Her goal is to find someone to love and take care her family. The story is narrated by each character. Brady and Eve are left sorting out their lives and their relationship with each other while grieving. ...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    4★This one surprised me with how engaging it was. The description alone would not have drawn me in but friend reviews did.Frankly it sounded a bit preposterous but it worked. Madeleine, a lover of literature and other things, jumps to her death from the fourth floor of the local library. The story of what went so wrong and why she might have done so is told from three alternating perspectives (which works very well here), hers, her husband’s,...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    “Practice love, compassion and forgiveness. Anger is nothing but an anchor that keeps you from moving forward.”“we’re given the gift of life with the consequence of death. I think it’d be a mistake to focus on the consequence instead of the gift.”Heartbreaking, witty, and heartwarming! I liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi is a very powerful and emotional story with a long-lasting message that deals with life, death, and family. It's hard...
  • Erin Clemence
    Told in a similar fashion to “The Lovely Bones” (Alice Sebold), “I Liked My Life” is the story of Maddy, a woman who guides her husband and daughter from beyond the grave after taking her own life. Morbid subject matter, sure, but the novel itself is melancholic while still being hopeful, and delightful while still being sad. The author, Abby Fasbiaschi, manages to take a sad moment in one’s life, and turn it into a learning experience-...
  • Dana
    This is a book about life, death, love, grief, and forgiveness. It is both heartbreaking and heartwarming (as the book description blurb states). I laughed and I cried - I loved this story!"Practice love, compassion and forgiveness. Anger is nothing but an anchor that keeps you from moving forward." One of my favorite quotes from the book.Highly recommend.