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"A good book; well-written and the story / characters drew me in from the get go.
A Life Lived Ridiculously was a great read and definitely worth four stars. Probably a "must read" for most single women too..." - RebeccasReads

"We have all dated liars who will say anything in order to get what they want. Charbit captures everything that makes the dating scene simultaneously so exciting and so frustrating, from the exhilaration of a first kiss to the despair when you realize that he is ignoring your messages." - Baltimore Jewish Times

"I very much enjoyed A Life Lived Ridiculously." - The book Bag

"From the very beginning of this novel readers will smile; they will then reach 'all out laughter' by the second page. The amazing thing about this story, however, is that laughter turns frightening when the author offers up a twist that readers will not see coming." - Feathered Quill

Dr. Charbit does indeed use her vast experience with the subjects of the book to pull the reader in with remarkably developed characters.  Especially for a first novel, A Life Lived Ridiculously succeeds in its stated purpose: it makes us aware of and think closely about our stereotypes and generalizations in the mental health world - PsychCentral

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A Life Lived Ridiculously ebook will be released and available for sale from April 12th 2012.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Publishing & Entertainment; 1st edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984642862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984642861
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book starts out giving the impression it's chick-lit -- a light improbable romance with silly misadventure thrown in. Maxine is odd, even seen from the inside (and since the book is written in first person, that's what we get). She keeps obsessing about her apartment, until she falls in love with Sam. The whole middle of the book had me wondering, so what does she see in him? He's unattractive, apparently has cancer, and eventually says he's dying of it. At that point, it seems like a combination to obsessiveness and a guilt trip holds them together - despite warnings from friends and family that Sam is a fake. It's at the end that the book turns truly dark.

Though I don't generally read chick-lit, and initially was tempted to put the book down, it was actually quite gripping. I recommend it to people who enjoy psychological thrillers. This one's written from the viewpoint of a potential victim.

What I didn't like about the book was that it started out as one thing - a comedic romance - and ends up as something quite different. It's like a Disney movie going Hitchcock. Had the framing been slightly different, with more foreshadowing of the end, I think it would have worked better. Neither the title nor the cover art actually do justice to the book. It gives the impression the book is going to be flippant and light-hearted.
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I enjoyed reading this book. For me it was an eye opener. I believe I have come across 2 or 3 of these guys in my former dating life. This book was funny but thought provoking. It made me realize that if I have an uneasy feeling about someone, I should probably heed the warning. With 1 in 25 of the population being a Sociopath, it should make you aware to be on guard for these type of people entering your life.

Funny but insightful.
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This story kept me up reading all night and in the carpool. Smart, funny, exacerbating, and suspenseful, I couldn't wait to see what Maxine would do next. To say "this is the story of a woman with OCD who falls for a sociopath" explains the science but doesn't do justice to a brilliantly crafted story by a neuroscientist. This is a must read for people who are looking for something unpredictable and smart. Two thumbs up from me, Dr. Charbit!
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Just lately, after enduring disappointments by the writings of some vastly successful authors in the mass-market genre, I found myself in need of refreshment, a change, something quirky and original, a treat for the serious reader. That truly much-appreciated treat came in the form of the perversely enjoyable A Life Lived Ridiculously by Dr. Annabelle R. Charbit.

In short, A Life Lived Ridiculously is about Maxine, a girl with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) who falls in love with a sociopath, Sam, a smooth-talking charmer with sufficient incurable diseases to eliminate a small village and living a life so grave that it makes a Greek tragedy feel as depthless as a prime-time soap opera.

Nevertheless, Maxine, against the well meant, but futile advice of friends and family, follows her twisted instincts and welcomes Sam as her salvation, and while that scenario is already a warrant for a delectable read, Charbit blends unexpected insights, twists, and thoughts that could only spawn from the obsessive compulsive mind of the main character, Maxine.

Charbit has a strikingly skillful hand with words, and her razor sharp and charmingly offbeat insights and descriptions are intriguing. A Life Lived Ridiculously is one of those books that one may open at any page to get a feel of writing style and story line, and Charbit's intelligently satirical style draws the reader immediately into Maxine's life with the urge to learn more.

And yes, A Life Lived Ridiculously is not for the narrow-minded, conservative, or easily shocked reader, but it represents a refreshing change of pace from the mass-market genre, a novel that is unquestionably worth a read and a re-read.

- Wilfried F. Voss, Editor FrogenYozurt[dot]Com
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Odd and uncomfortable book. Well written.
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The heroine of Annabelle Charbit's book is Maxine, a neurotic and intelligent Jewish Londoner who suffers from undiagnosed OCD and an unbearable family. Under pressure to settle down now that she's turned 30, Maxine finally succumbs to the attentions of Sam who, if she's not physically attracted to him, is at least Jewish, approved by her family (initially), also cerebral, and occasionally gregariously charming. But soon things go awry: After winning Maxine's affections, Sam almost instantly begins to pull away, disappearing for long stretches. He also comes down with a variety of illnesses, tumors, and cancers; refuses to have sex with Maxine; and begins complaining incessantly of his "sad life," which includes no family and the tragic early death of his girlfriend. While a Debbie Downer like this would frighten most sensible women into running for their lives, Maxine isn't quite sensible. Sam may be a pain in the butt, but he is at least keeping her occupied with thoughts other than obsessing on her lighting, furniture, and strange desire to rid herself of personal possessions. While at points it is difficult to sympathize with Maxine's predicament, it's also somewhat understandable that she keeps falling for Sam's guilt trips, given that he is supposedly dying. I won't give away the unpredictable twists and turns of the plot, but Maxine comes to the conclusion that Sam is a classic sociopath. The author doesn't explore the more obvious notion that Sam suffers from Maunchausen Syndrome, in which the affected fake illnesses (often cancer) in order to gain attention and sympathy, but, either way, Sam is certainly a bizarre, unique, and emotionally dangerous character. Charbit writes with humor and aplomb and, as a real life expert in OCD, is especially adept at getting into the mind of a person suffering from this mental characteristic. Overall, an interesting read with finely drawn characters and a swift narrative.
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