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Shot-through with the kind of humour suggested by its title, All The Tw*ts I Met Along The Way is an engaging, chatty, no-holds-barred account of a woman’s experience of life’s challenges, to put it mildly. When it comes to suffering bad boyfriends, less-than-satisfactory sex, coercive partners and passionless marriage, Carolyn Hobdey has been there, done that and bought the t-shirt. She’s written the book on it too, and what blast of a book it is. Here she bares her soul with refreshing honesty, much like a witty best friend telling it like it is over a bottle of wine. While Carolyn has a flair for in-your-face, funny writing, the book is underpinned by a sense of resilience and hope; by a strong and vital thread about never blaming yourself for the flaws, misdemeanours and outright abominable behaviours of others. While this deeply personal memoir will no doubt resonate with the many, many women who’ve experienced similar, many men could learn plenty from it too, for it exposes how not to treat women, with razor-sharp wit to boot.
What happens when you so deeply believe something you were told as a child that it becomes the driving force behind almost every thought, feeling and action for the rest of your life... until you decide to take complete control and change your life entirely? For decades, successful HR and transformational change expert, Carolyn Hobdey, believed she was 'trouble' and if she wasn't 'nicer' she'd spend her days alone and unloved. All The Tw*ts I Met Along The Way tells the tales of crappy boyfriends, sickening sexual encounters, manipulative men, love triangles, unsupportive and unsupported medical diagnoses... and that's just in the first few pages. From porn-addicted boyfriends who rapidly go from total fitties to owners of 'dad bods,' to car crashes and boob jobs. Marriage to a lover who became more like a brother (and who turns out to have been hiding the fact he's gay throughout their 15 year relationship) and later a relationship with a man and his 'ready made family' that exposes a damaging case of coercive control and narcisstic personality disorder. Carolyn's story exposes the unrelenting pull of the child-parent relationship - even in adulthood - and all the messiness and confusion that can cause. As she writes, I didn't want to be the trouble-maker, the one to cause my parents concern, anymore.