As one who is going through divorce, I found Amy Koko’s book refreshing.
Everybody’s story and journey is different and hers is very different than mine. It is a great book full of wisdom, humour, sorrow, anger, despair, but hope and love too!
Amy finds herself caught surprised thinking her husband is finally going to take them on a trip to Italy-her dream…… to I met someone else……and she is younger…..and I have been having an affair. What? She was forty-seven when he told her this.
After twenty-seven years of marriage and four children, one assumes all is going well, right? She gets a mid-face lift, although her husband states: “It better not be on my account,” purchases thong undies from Victoria Secret and they begin Marriage Counseling. She describes herself as becoming June Cleaver being polite, using loving words. It doesn’t work. In the middle of all this, some of her kids are having some issues.
She meets with a lawyer and begins the divorce process. She starts reinventing herself with volunteering and eventually paid work as she has 4 kids to look after of various ages and bills to pay. After all is said and done she joins an online dating site and begins a new stage of her life. The whole dating era is pretty funny and awkward at times, but turns out well in the end.
Blogger Amy Koko bears her soul in her witty, bittersweet memoir, There’s Been A Change of Plans: Divorce, Dating & Delinquents in Mid-life. Expecting a trip to Italy, Koko is blind-sided by her husband’s confession that he’s been putting his shoes under a much younger and prettier woman’s bed. After twenty-seven years of marriage and four children, she faces the unimaginable: her life as she knows it is unraveling around her and her family’s future is anything but certain.
In the literary tradition of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Koko’s memoir details her journey from hearing the news that her husband is in love with a blonde, thirty-something Swiss pastry chef to trying everything from thong underwear to a mini-facelift to save her marriage, only to see it die in the parking lot of gas station.
With incredible honesty and humor, Koko takes the reader on a wild ride through the tough, emotional times of starting over through divorce, mid-life, finding a job, and Internet dating, all the while trying to keep her four teenagers out of jail.
There’s been a change of plans, and that’s just the beginning.
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After 27 years of marriage, Amy Koko went into divorce, kicking, screaming, stalking and drunk texting but lived to tell about it. She is the creator of the popular blog Exwifenewlife and a contributor to Huffington Post Divorce as well as Huffington Post Women. Amy lives in St. Petersburg, Florida where she begins each day with a freshly ground cup of good coffee and ends it with a good glass of pinot noir. Or chardonnay. Or a dirty martini. Whatever’s handy.