25 Aug 2014

Book Review / The Story of You by Katy Regan

There is no story of me without the story of you
I want to explain it all to you. How this happened. How that summer – the summer I was 16 – made me the person I am today.

I want to share my memories with you: the happy memories are like sunbursts, sparkling on the sea. But then, like a current dragging me under, there's that summer of 1997.

The summer my life exploded.

The summer I had to grow up

The summer you came into my life.

And so this is the story of you.

Published:     11th September 2014
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series:  Not part of a series
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Review:   10 out of 10


What I loved about this story...
I loved this story.  Katy Regan is a reasonably new author to me and I absolutely love her writing style.  Very easy to get into and has the right amount of dramatic suspense that kept me at the edge of my seat wanting to know what would happen next.  I have to say that my favourite character in this book had to be Robyn, the main character.  I liked how she has her issues that she needs to deal with and enjoyed watching her progress throughout the book, whether that be for the better or worse (not telling which!).  Alongside that, you have several different stories from sideline characters which include Grace who is a mental health patient that Robyn works with, you have Robyn's relationship with her father and stepmother, you have Robyn's sisters and their lives and many more characters.

This is one of those books that when I was finished with it I could not help but stop and think back to it at various parts of the day (I finished this book yesterday morning).  There are so many things to think about with this book and I enjoyed that.

What I was not fond of with this story...
Nothing!  I loved this book.
(from Goodreads)

Katy Regan was born and brought up in the northern seaside town of Morecambe. Her claim to fame - aside from being possibly the only person in the world to get expelled from primary school - is that at the age of 16 she went to stage school in Surrey with Posh Spice. 

She worked at 19 magazine for two years before joining Marie Claire in 2002. 'Highlights' in that position included spending ten days in the buff on a nudist resort and becoming a footballer's wife for a week -- all in the name of investigative journalism. 

In 2004 at the height of her career as the office roving reporter singleton, she fell accidentally pregnant by her best mate (who just remained a friend). Seeing the creative possibilities in this unconventional situation, her editor commissioned her to write a column - And then there were three! which proved so successful it ran for two years and inspired many a reader to write in to Katy with their life story. 

She has now taken her loyal following to her blog - The State She's In - on the Marie Claire website. She lives in south London and shares care of her son Fergus with his dad who lives across the road.