Book Review: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out by Pandora Poikilos

Amazon summary
Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends.

Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, “You are sick.” Being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a time. Now dumped, her four year relationship is nothing but a memory filled with pictures, thoughts and a very broken heart. Her job becomes an even further challenge as she tries to hide her condition. Her friends suddenly have more important things to do, what is a party without a party girl? Perfect could not crumble any faster. Soon, caught between situations, people and pieces of life that she never dreamed of planning for herself, Anya begins to wonder if her brain condition is all that bad. As she absorbs the changes in her life and realization sets in, she begins to wonder if she is the only one saying: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out

My review
I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I liked it, but it wasn’t really what I was expecting from the blurb, so there was constantly a disconnect there. We don’t meet Anya until after her diagnosis, and the whole story is told in a series of letters about her past written to her father. Each of these vignettes focus on a different subject, friendship, trust, embracing life. This could have been a negative, depressing book, but it was upbeat and positive for the most part. My favorite line is, “Or there is another option. I could live. Not for everything that has happened or is going to happen, but what is happening right now.”

On the other hand, if we’re told how old Anya is at any point, I missed it, and I think it matters because I couldn’t keep up with the timeline. She talks about her current love, Bruce. She also talks about a few losers along the way, including the four-year relationship mentioned in the blurb. I can’t tell, though when she dated any of them. She mentions living with one guy who dumped her because of family issues, but I’m not sure if it’s the same guy as the four-year relationship. I was pretty confused about who came and went in her love life, as she didn’t name any of them (or was there just one? I have no clue) except for Bruce.

If you’re not as persnickety as I am about things like that, though, and you want to read a good book full of insights and comments about people and society that will have you nodding your head, and saying, “Yes! Those people drive me crazy!” then this is your book.

About the book
Title: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Author: Pandor Poikilos
Publisher: Heart Press
Release date: April 17, 2011
Pages: 220
Where I got the book: I received this ebook for free from the author as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
Rating: 4.5 stars I’d give it 5 stars, because I really think everyone should read it, except that the annoying types of people she talks about will get mad when they read it. 🙂

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