Tuesday, 2 June 2015

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel by Tanya J. Peterson


From Goodreads

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has isolated himself to such a degree that his human contact is barely more than an hour a day. While lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who, for the last five years, has bounced from foster home to foster home. She has come to live with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither one quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other? 

My thoughts

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I gave this an 8/10.

Brian Cunningham was an anxious man and at times he came across as socially inept in lots of situations. He was a loner and struggled dealing with others. Abigail Harris is a young child, who has been passed from one foster home to another during her short life. Abigail moves to the town that Brian lives in, to live with an Aunt and Uncle that she has never met before.

As Brian and Abigail's paths cross, Abigail strikes up an unlikely friendship with Brian. As their friendship progresses others wonder at the nature of the friendship between them. It's often hard in today's society for adult men to form friendships with minors without people judging them, expecting there to be hidden agendas behind the friendships.

Can Abigail help Brian become less anxious and overcome his inability to deal with others?

I really enjoyed the writing style of the Author and her knowledge of pyschological problems due to her career are evident in this story. I loved the friendship between Brian and Abigail, she was the breath of fresh air that he needed to help him realise that he was able to cope with normal life. I felt that a lot of Brian's problems where down to his over protective Mother to be honest.

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