• Don't Make Me Turn This Life Around

  • By: Camille Pagán
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A seriously funny novel about a woman trying to keep her family vacation - and yes, her life - from going south by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

It’s been thirteen years since doctors declared Libby Ross-Velasquez a goner. Yet here she is - cancer-free. So why doesn’t she feel more alive? 

Sure, Libby’s husband, Shiloh, has been distant. One of their daughters has a serious health condition. And her father’s death hovers over Libby like a rain cloud. Still, this eternal optimist knows she’s the winner of the existential lottery. 

But when her forced cheer isn’t enough to keep her family from catching her blahs, she decides to fly them all to Vieques. The Puerto Rican island is where she and Shiloh fell in love - and where she decided to fight for her life after her cancer diagnosis. Where better to put their problems into perspective?

Then a tropical storm strikes. Libby pretends everything’s fine, even as she fears she’s doomed her family. What she can’t see is that the worst disaster they’ve faced may be the best thing that ever happened to them. But first, they have to get through it.

©2021 by Camille Pagán. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Struggled Through

I really didn't like Libby, the main character of this novel. She described herself as a calm, unflailing optimist, but throughout the novel, she sobbed and whined and predicted doom. She also over-mothered her diabetic daughter to an obnoxious extent and procrastinated confronting problems in her marriage. It was a struggle to finish the book although I've really enjoyed other books by Camille Pagan.

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If you like whiny sad, depression stories

Hard to listen to, couldn't finish, between the bratty kids, sad story, very unconfident wife and a hurricane, I just had to finally stop. What a waste of a credit

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Flop

Though I absolutely loved the spotlight on type 1 diabetes, this was a flop for me. I felt like I was stuck in the head of “that one super annoying girl at bunco who always had drama and talks the entire time, but never listens”.

It’s frustrating to know that there are really women out there who think like this main character, instead of having the common courtesy to communicate.

I didn’t want to finish this book, but I had to keep listening to try to figure out why so many people loved it, needless to say I never found it.

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A whiner living a “what if” life. So annoying!

This is a sequel to a story I enjoyed very much. I really like this author and have read or listened to a few of her books
I couldn’t make it through more than 1/3 of this story. If over-privileged, bickering, ungrateful teenagers are your thing and a woman that whines and imagines doom around every corner
sounds good to you….go for it.
When you don’t care how it ends enough to fast forward through it, it’s time to move on to something more worthy of your time.

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Very depressing

This was a very depressing book. Everything goes wrong until the last few chapters of some positive.
Seems the author took the “muphys law” approach to life and then at the end tried to change it all.

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Another story featuring a gay couple

Every fictional story I listen to lately (about the last 12) have a woman with a wife or man with a husband. Every author uses the same formula. I know these authors are trying to be obedient to the latest trends, but it’s really getting to be so trite. I wonder how the human race will perpetuate itself when over half of us are gay.

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Love The narration

I so enjoy books narrated by Amy McFadden. The stories by Camille Pagan are fun and so relatable. Please keep them coming!!!

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Camille Pagan and Amy McFadden =perfect match!

I’ve read several of Camille’s books and have yet to be let down, this is another one of those. Narrator Amy McFadden is perfect. As a mother and a daughter, I’ve been able to relate to many of her books and they all have great life lessons.

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Great Read

This book touched on the several stresses of life and balancing and facing them head on.

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Insightful

Great narration. Kept me tuned in. Story line was touching and heartfelt. Would read again.