Savvy. Gutsy. Surreal. Fun.
As I began reading Jaclyn Aurore’s book, My Life Without Me, a few questions popped into my mind. Was this SciFi? Was Callum a real person or an apparition? Could Jamie really function in a university setting with such severe memory loss?
Once I got involved in the plot, I couldn’t put the book down, thanks to Aurore’s bright, contemporary writing. This captivating story takes place in a relatively short period of time, with university freshman Jamie convinced that she’s probably crazy, even though some small part of her knows she okay. She experiences both short– and long-term memory almost continually and can’t figure out why. But her love for Callum, the mysterious and adventurous hero, is steady, and grows deeper.
Jamie’s experiences with memory loss are similar to those of many people I know and love. So even in the midst of a number of strange occurrences and secrets, there is an aura of authenticity about this unique book.
In addition to being a somewhat surreal love story, this well-written book is full of symbolism, which adds to the layers of mystery and wonder. My Life Without Me contains every element necessary to make this a pleasure to read and difficult to put down.
And I found the ongoing love and support of Jamie’s roommate and parents to be as refreshing as rain in the desert. As far as the depth of Callum’s love, that is for the reader to discover. As is the outcome regarding Jamie’s brain fog.
If there is one theme that stayed with me, it was “Never, ever give up. Even when surreal things take place. And have fun along the way.” So put on your Adventure Hat and look for My Life Without Me, which is available on Aurore’s website and Amazon.com.
Anyone who buys My Life Without Me in the month of August can get a free copy of Jaclyn’s first book, Starting Over, by emailing their receipt to with message header "Judy's Review of MLWM". She will then send them a free download link for her first book.
More about Jaclyn Aurore
Starting Over - Book One of the Starsville Saga