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Laugh Cry Rewind: A Memoir by Judy Haveson
Growing up in 1970s and 80s suburban Houston, Judy Haveson is funny, sarcastic, and fiercely loyal, especially to her family, friends, and big sister, Celia. When she suffers a series of unimaginable traumatic events, her seemingly idyllic childhood comes to a halt, changing her life forever.
In Laugh Cry Rewind, Judy takes readers on her journey of self-discovery, sharing funny, touching, and heartbreaking stories from her childhood all the way to the birth of her son. Her experiences serve as a reminder that while life is not always fair, ultimately, the choice to surrender or keep on living is ours. Her message to others who have experienced loss or tragedy is this: stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. Let life go on, and good things will be waiting for you on the other side of the pain.
Chick Lit Café Book Review
A remarkable portrait of resilience and hope in the face of unimaginable loss, Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson documents her life from an idyllic childhood that is later marred by tragedy, to a hopeful and moving ending. This is a must-read, award-winning, one-of-a-kind and outstanding memoir.
Judy Haveson grew up in Houston, Texas, during the 1970s and 1980s with her sister, Celia, and her parents. She had a beautiful childhood surrounded by a loving and supportive community and family. Tragedy struck when her mother was diagnosed with cancer and at the young age of sixteen, Judy struggled with the devastating news. Her mother recovered, but her sister was later diagnosed with the same disease that, soon after, took her life. Celia’s death left Judy feeling lost. Still, she endeavored to move forward and keep alive the memories they shared.
The work does a brilliant job of conveying the emotions relating to the tragedies Judy Haveson experiences. As a victim of sexual assault, she shares the pain, fear and anguish she encountered following the horrific incident. She also covers the pain she experienced after losing her sister and other close family members who impacted her life and her challenging journey of becoming a mother. The story maintains a perfect balance between sad moments and joyous ones, including the wonderful times she spent with her friends. She has many other fun experiences in her career as a records promoter which involve meeting renowned artists such as Elton John. The story’s descriptive language paints vivid images of the scenes included in the book. Judy Haveson describes the frantic, uncertain days that followed her arrival in New York for a new job which was closely followed by The September 11 attacks. She describes the uncertainty she and her colleagues felt not knowing whether the industry they worked in would survive. Through different seasons in her life, Judy remembers Celia’s wise words and strives to live life fully according to the last promise she made to her sister. I loved this memoir and foundJudy Haveson’s openness refreshing. I also loved that she covers different aspects of her life including the difficult and happy moments.
Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson is a powerful and triumphant account that demonstrates how to embrace and live life fully despite encountering tragic events. Readers will love its candid approach, beautiful compelling descriptions and its stirring hopeful message. Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson is a extremely well-written book is authentic, unique and memorable and comes highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. Book reviewed by Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Café,
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Laugh Cry Rewind by Judy Haveson
Winner – First Place in the
CLC Book Excellence Award
Memoir, Women’s Biography & Self-Help