Everything You Ever Wanted : A Memoir Review + Book Giveaway

Okay, I admit I don't write book reviews very often, but I do love to read...when I have time. With two kids, it is really hard to sit down and pick up a book, much less actually pay attention to what I'm reading. However, I was given the opportunity to read Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir and couldn't wait to check it out. I enjoy reading a variety of subjects, from sci-fi and horror to biographies and memoirs. For those of you wondering what a memoir is, it is a biography or historical account written from personal experiences. In fact, it's like reading someone's diary and that's probably why I enjoy reading them so much. I can take a stroll through someone else's life and really understand what they went through, what they experienced.
As soon as I picked up Everything You Ever Wanted, I was captivated. Jillian Lauren opens up her heart and pours out her life onto each and every page. Jillian had a rough start, dropped out of college, became addicted to drugs, and was even a concubine for a prince! Actually, her first book is Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, which I've heard is a wonderful read and will be the next book I read. Everything You Ever Wanted picks up where the first book left off, chronicling her "second act in life". She married her musician husband, Scott, and they struggled with infertility, something with which I can relate. Ultimately, their love brought them to adopt their amazing son from Ethiopia.

Before I got married, no one told me just how difficult it can be. Jillian doesn't hold back about her life, explains the ups and downs, and embraces the fact that sometimes things just don't work out the way you want. Another reason I enjoyed this book was because she talks about her son and his special needs. Although our experiences with Liam differ vastly, she expresses so many emotions that I, too, have felt over the years.

I don't want to give too much away because this is a must-read for 2015 and one that definitely needs to be added to your reading list. I don't often get emotional or teary-eyed when reading, but Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir spoke to me as a parent, a wife, and a caregiver. Jillian Lauren has lead quite an amazing life and I can't wait to see what else will be in store for readers in the future.

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One Lucky Reader Will Win Their Own Copy of Everything You Ever Wanted: A Memoir! 
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This giveaway will end on Sunday, May 17th at 11:59. The winner will be emailed and must reply within 48 hours to confirm their prize. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: This review was written for Jillian Lauren in conjunction with Global Influence. No compensation was received. All opinions written are my own.