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Life is weird and other truths You know that feeling you get when you’re depressed and you want to shut off from the world? You might be an Armadillo! So where do I begin with my story? I have no idea. Introductions are difficult at best. This fun, heartfelt, and sometimes sorrowful account of growing up with anxiety, depression, and social awkwardness is a journey that mi Life is weird and other truths You know that feeling you get when you’re depressed and you want to shut off from the world? You might be an Armadillo! So where do I begin with my story? I have no idea. Introductions are difficult at best. This fun, heartfelt, and sometimes sorrowful account of growing up with anxiety, depression, and social awkwardness is a journey that might reveal secrets about ourselves. The author’s humor and randomness bring light to her darkest struggles in a way that’s so human it resonates as you read her words. As an anxious child trying to navigate her way through the odd instance known as life, she touches on important topics, details her personal hardships such as being labeled a Special Needs Student, grappling with speech and learning disabilities, and trying to figure out who she was amidst the chaos of depression and anxiety. Grab a glass of tea, wine, or beer and get ready to find light in the darkness, an unexpected smile, and a story that’ll turn you inside out while giving you hope.


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Life is weird and other truths You know that feeling you get when you’re depressed and you want to shut off from the world? You might be an Armadillo! So where do I begin with my story? I have no idea. Introductions are difficult at best. This fun, heartfelt, and sometimes sorrowful account of growing up with anxiety, depression, and social awkwardness is a journey that mi Life is weird and other truths You know that feeling you get when you’re depressed and you want to shut off from the world? You might be an Armadillo! So where do I begin with my story? I have no idea. Introductions are difficult at best. This fun, heartfelt, and sometimes sorrowful account of growing up with anxiety, depression, and social awkwardness is a journey that might reveal secrets about ourselves. The author’s humor and randomness bring light to her darkest struggles in a way that’s so human it resonates as you read her words. As an anxious child trying to navigate her way through the odd instance known as life, she touches on important topics, details her personal hardships such as being labeled a Special Needs Student, grappling with speech and learning disabilities, and trying to figure out who she was amidst the chaos of depression and anxiety. Grab a glass of tea, wine, or beer and get ready to find light in the darkness, an unexpected smile, and a story that’ll turn you inside out while giving you hope.

33 review for The Awkward Armadillo: A Mental Health Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    I have read a number of books about the journey through mental health issues. Every time, I am struck by the sheer courage exhibited by the author. This book is no exception. Without any doubt, Aimee is one of the bravest people in the world. To place her life story out for the world to see is so courageous. The Awkward Armadillo is a compelling read. As you ache for Aimee's pain from her anxiety and depression, you are uplifted by her humor. This person is a miracle because deep down inside thi I have read a number of books about the journey through mental health issues. Every time, I am struck by the sheer courage exhibited by the author. This book is no exception. Without any doubt, Aimee is one of the bravest people in the world. To place her life story out for the world to see is so courageous. The Awkward Armadillo is a compelling read. As you ache for Aimee's pain from her anxiety and depression, you are uplifted by her humor. This person is a miracle because deep down inside this turtle shell is the heart of a comedienne. You cannot help but smile every time Aimee considers llamas or dragons as the creature most likely to turn the tide or save the day. The traumas and struggles Aimee endures make her a veteran. If there was one person she interacted with in her life that I could help her with, it is 'Jim'. Her old college roommate needs five minutes alone with me while I explain it is never appropriate to intimidate a person weaker than you. People faced with anxiety and/or depression will get a lot out of this book. There is the indefatigable core that can't be defeated. Aimee shows that no matter how hard you are pushed by your monster, you can overcome it. Powerful and touching, this is a book that will make you cry and make you cheer. A great read and a superb addition to the self-help area of mental health issues. The main message that resonates is having a mental health issue doesn't define a person. The example that a forest full of bunnies isn't a bunny is apt. A person with a mental health issue is just a person. A brilliantly written book that will touch anyone willing to take this journey of self-improvement. Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it. My Rating: 5+ stars Reviewed by: Mr. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/po...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Peplow

    The Oddities of Life! I wasn't sure what to make of this book at the beginning, but the more I read, the more I could connect with it, like it was similar to my story growing up. It makes you think what other people go through as they grow up and learn to never judge a book by its cover and be aware of other people's 'Armadillo Mode.' Great work. The Oddities of Life! I wasn't sure what to make of this book at the beginning, but the more I read, the more I could connect with it, like it was similar to my story growing up. It makes you think what other people go through as they grow up and learn to never judge a book by its cover and be aware of other people's 'Armadillo Mode.' Great work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate Messick

    I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this was really lovely. The tone of voice was very passive as it recounted some very difficult events that anyone with mental health issues will easily relate to. I loved the splash of dark humor thrown in for good measure. One of my favorite lines: God dipped me in happiness and “anxious awareness” jelly and said, “WELP. Good Luck.” Although the issues of mental health are serious, Larson's tone of voice was incredibly supportive bringing in quotes and antidote I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but this was really lovely. The tone of voice was very passive as it recounted some very difficult events that anyone with mental health issues will easily relate to. I loved the splash of dark humor thrown in for good measure. One of my favorite lines: God dipped me in happiness and “anxious awareness” jelly and said, “WELP. Good Luck.” Although the issues of mental health are serious, Larson's tone of voice was incredibly supportive bringing in quotes and antidotes from our everyday lives. The title ties in so well the experiences and advice offered in the book. I also really enjoyed all the nerdy references and descriptions of different mental disorders wearing different types of armor. Being a nerd, these details really resonate with me in all the right ways. Even if you are not nerdy, it still is easy to follow. The story has a lovely happy for now ending and a great message of strength and power.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Evans

    I got into it and saw that it was a mental health memoir, and I was interested in sure! I loved how the first chapter talks about IEP. ( Individual Education Plan). My youngest son has one due to his genetic growth condition. They are very helpful, and I always appreciate it. It is very true that communication is an essential milestone in child development. Studying child development in college when it comes to children communicating, and understanding them is a number one concept! Talking to a I got into it and saw that it was a mental health memoir, and I was interested in sure! I loved how the first chapter talks about IEP. ( Individual Education Plan). My youngest son has one due to his genetic growth condition. They are very helpful, and I always appreciate it. It is very true that communication is an essential milestone in child development. Studying child development in college when it comes to children communicating, and understanding them is a number one concept! Talking to a child, and getting to know them. My youngest son has speech disabilities but hitting his goals slowly but will get there over time. This is a beautiful memoir, and I applauded the author for writing this for sure. The book was well-formatted and easy to understand. All people are different, and people need to be understood in their own way! I love memoirs, and after reading this I am going to read more for sure.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tina M.

    Inspiring Outstanding read! Aimee uses her whit anf real life experiences . Aimee does not hesitate to share with her readers of her struggles with mental illness and bullying. I loved reading her emotional journey on how she learned to achieve both a personal and professional life.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Irwin Glenn

    I promised myself to expand the genres of books I read and The Awkward Armadillo was one I would have normally passed on. This is a gem of a book with its utter honesty and truth. At times like a horror it was toe curling honest and at other times it was heartwarming. The flowing writing style had me cheering on her successes and feeling sympathy for the low points. It is an inspiring memoir and a thoroughly recommended read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aspiring Authors

    Author Aimee Larson is an author and a poet who has written a memoir regarding mental health. However, the writer has not always been good with writing, the pronunciation of words, or the subject of English in general. In her memoir, she discusses the impact of mental health on her family going back as far as her grandparents; her paternal grandfather, who was an abusive alcoholic believed to be suffering from PTSD, and maternal grandmother, who was an alcoholic narcissist. Back in the day it was univ Author Aimee Larson is an author and a poet who has written a memoir regarding mental health. However, the writer has not always been good with writing, the pronunciation of words, or the subject of English in general. In her memoir, she discusses the impact of mental health on her family going back as far as her grandparents; her paternal grandfather, who was an abusive alcoholic believed to be suffering from PTSD, and maternal grandmother, who was an alcoholic narcissist. Back in the day it was universally known that mental health issues were not discussed nor were you to seek out for professional help. She discloses that her father, brother, as well as herself has suffered from mental illness. She also discusses her bouts with mental illness and how it has impacted her life negatively growing up leading up to her adult life. First and foremost, the author was very courageous in sharing her story. What can I say? This was an exhilarating read! I absolutely loved the author's writing style, which was indeed unique and raw. I loved that she was able to incorporate poetry into this novel. I was pleased that her father finally agreed to receiving help, which improved his quality of life. I was also happy to read that Aimee came to terms with her mental illness and termed her symptoms “armadillo mode”. I’m sure many people who may read this book would be able to relate to this terminology as people suffering from mental illness tend to shut themselves off from society, as an armadillo may tuck away into its shell. In the memoir, the author was able to finally start loving herself more by making positive decisions for her life, whether it made her uncomfortable in the beginning or not. This was a pure example of stepping out of your comfort zone, or in her case, coming out of her armadillo shell. I was happy to read that with all of her awkwardness she was able to find true love and develop a true support system. I would recommend this read and give it ten stars if I could. The author also wrote in her memoir that she plans to write more. I would gladly read more from this author.

  8. 5 out of 5

    M.L. East

    My heart warmed, my heart ached, my heart melted. I think 90% of the books I read in my leisure time are fictional, so this was a very different experience for me, and I so thoroughly enjoyed this memoir that I've decided I will absolutely be venturing into the genre more often from now on. There was something so intimate about the continuous realization that each scene was a real life experience, and throughout the book, I was struck over and over by the thought that it must have taken so much My heart warmed, my heart ached, my heart melted. I think 90% of the books I read in my leisure time are fictional, so this was a very different experience for me, and I so thoroughly enjoyed this memoir that I've decided I will absolutely be venturing into the genre more often from now on. There was something so intimate about the continuous realization that each scene was a real life experience, and throughout the book, I was struck over and over by the thought that it must have taken so much bravery for the author to lay her life bare like this. By the final pages, I felt like I'd made a connection with the author and made a friend ♡ I was cheering for her the whole book through and felt so proud of all she overcame. To delve a little deeper, and to get a little more personal, this book helped me to come to some vital realizations about my own mental health, but reinforced that age-old sentiment "it's okay to not be okay," and even as I found myself drawing parallels between my past and present realities and the lows the author experienced, her infallible sense of humor, grit, ambition, and constant momentum also helped me to find acceptance and motivation. 'She's been there and she's overcome it and achieved so much. So I can too.' Thank you, Aimee, for the friendship, solace, and hope that you instilled in your memoir ♡

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte Morse-Starkenburg

    Powerful and Touching with a Good Dose of Humour! This was an amazingly insightful journey into the life of Aimee, who has struggled with mental health issues all her life. It’s so refreshingly open and I cannot be anything but in awe of the author for writing her story. I think this book really could help people who have mental health issues, and the people living with them too. But it’s not just that, it’s thoroughly entertaining and funny too. I truly loved it and heartily recommend it! If you Powerful and Touching with a Good Dose of Humour! This was an amazingly insightful journey into the life of Aimee, who has struggled with mental health issues all her life. It’s so refreshingly open and I cannot be anything but in awe of the author for writing her story. I think this book really could help people who have mental health issues, and the people living with them too. But it’s not just that, it’s thoroughly entertaining and funny too. I truly loved it and heartily recommend it! If you have had the pleasure of reading Larson’s poems, then this book is the perfect accompaniment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Fu

    This memoir is incredibly inspiring. Normally I prefer reading novels, but there was something in this book that I could relate to and kept me flipping the pages. All the experiences and hardships inside are recounted in a heartfelt way. There is a lot of genuine emotion in the book and many sad experiences, yet it manages to stay positive, encouraging, and occasionally humorous. It allowed me to understand more about people battling depression or other mental health issues. Highly recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Refreshingly honest This was a fun read and included many thoughts and feelings I could relate to. I’m eager to see what the author creates next!

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