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Summary

Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life?

She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter. What would happen if she followed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Really felt The Power of Now? Could she unearth The Secret to making her dreams come true?

What begins as a clever experiment becomes an achingly poignant story. Because self-help can change your life - but not necessarily for the better.... 

Help Me! is an irresistibly funny and incredibly moving book about a wild and ultimately redemptive journey that will resonate with anyone who’s ever dreamed of finding happiness.

Perfect for readers who enjoyed Everything I know About Love by Dolly Alderton, Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon and Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.

This audiobook also includes contributions from Marianne's mum, Mary.

©2018 Marianne Power (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"I love it! Hilarious and thought-provoking!" (Fearne Cotton)

"A sweet sharp read." (Jessie Burton)

"A laugh-out-loud funny book." (Lucy Diamond)

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May Save You Money & Time

Read by the Author, which I feel always adds to the emotion and heart of a book. It describes well the highs and more importantly, lows of going on a self help journey. I followed a similiar path about 10 years ago. By exploring the books/seminars mentioned and distilling the main points from them Marianne may save you lots of time and money. I to for a short time became a self help junkie and even travelled to Florida to do DWD with Tony Robbins, which cost thousands of pounds. I would recommend doing the event that Marianne did UPW, but don't get caught up in the moment and spend vast sums on further events like I did, its really not worth it. So much content is now available online and in great books like this one, without the need to attend events at all. Marianne is so brave and vunerable in this book, I take my hat off to her. Its a perfect start for anyone embarking on self help discovery. I wish it had been around 10 years ago, my journey would have been much shorter that's for sure.

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Excellent with top class narration

Searingly honest, intelligently written, funny and touching , this audiobook is an absolute must have. The writer cuts to the chase with all 12 self help books and delivers a succinct analysis of each. Save your bobs on the self help books- buy this one instead and enjoy ! Gets my vote for Best Audiobook of 2018

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Totally loved It!

What a fabulously honest book. Funny, actually hilarious with proper laugh out loud bits, reflective and informative with some totally cringey accounts of how self help can turn you neurotic if taken too seriously. I’m a huge Brene Brown fan too so it was wonderful to hear that she had such a positive influence when it comes to self belief. All round brilliant book, totally loved it!!

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A truly wonderful book

One of my favourites ever. Marianne, you are wonderful, witty, real. I loved it. Thank you

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Awesome book!

Just finished this today and am gutted it’s over. I loved the concept, the story and mum! You did a fab job Marianne! Another one please xx

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loved it

Honest, emotive and funny! Loved it. From the story to the narration it was engaging, heart warming, a little disturbing in places but very thought provoking. Hope there is a sequel. . .

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Great idea and interesting story.

What a great idea this book was and a very interesting tale. I liked the honesty and openness of it. I wish in some ways that she had just stuck to books and not spent thousands on immersion retreats as that makes it less accessible to the reader and less clear in what actually helped (would she have achieved the same results and conclusions without the help of these retreats?). Seeing as she's had success with this book, and the success and fortune that brings, perhaps some of her more woo stuff worked after all. I found the speaking pace a little slow so had to listen at 1.25 speed but overall I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely recommend!

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Depressing- until the last few chapters.

It wasn’t very funny or moving until the end!! When it became less depressing and I understand that was the idea but I didn’t want to pay to listen to someone else’s troubles. Good finish though.

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Good, bad, and indifferent

I'm generally wary of these "year of" memoirs, which have flooded the book market in the last few years. I've yet to find one that didn't feel gimmicky and insincere, and most of the time, I don't bother with them. But this looked interesting, so I gave it a go. First off, I think it was a mistake to allow the author to narrate the book. It usually is. A professional actress would have brought it far more to life; the author's voice is too flat and sad, which perhaps is appropriate for the tone of the book, but just left me feeling blah. I also didn't like the interjections in her mother's voice. But that's mainly because, as the book progressed, I felt angrier and angrier with the author's parents, particularly the mother. I have no idea if the author is aware of how much of her issues in every field that she tried to address were clearly coming from her upbringing, but it was unpleasantly apparent throughout. Underlined by the actual mother's voice in the narration. It seemed to me that a year of psychotherapy was what was needed, not a twelve month self help project.

Nevertheless, the book was well written, and held my attention. It did share the usual issue of these "year of" memoirs: twisting the results in a very predictable story arc, disaster at the start, a few twists and turns midway through, and a positive outcome at the end. This was slightly exaggerated by the fact that the year was broken down into separate projects for each month; this well worn story arc became much more obvious when it was repeated each month, regardless of the topic. I'm sure a lot of readers expect this, the rags to riches idea, but personally, it makes me distrust the story, and the reality of it all, when it seems that I'm being spun a tale, rather than participating in a real life story.

This all sounds negative, but actually, overall, I enjoyed the book.

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Heartwarmingly funny, moving & refreshingly honest.

I really enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down. Besides the fact that it is such an easy listen (it’s like you’re chatting to a friend; you really feel like you’ve gained one) I also found it so refreshingly honest. It made me realise once again how much I had been absorbed in the world of self-help trying to "fix" myself, too. At times it felt as if she was writing about my own life and amongst more sobering eyeopeners, I kept thinking how brave I found Marianne to be so outwardly vulnerable (and then to think that this was the exact opposite of what she was experiencing in the book). I can so relate. She’s my secret heroine for sticking with it, writing this book, and finding her own sense of inner peace and self-worth in the process.

Thank you Marianne for your courage, your persistence and your heartfelt honesty. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and you’ve really helped me see some of the other hidden aspects about myself without my having to resort to yet another self-help book. Just for that, I’m grateful. So, thank you for sharing your amazing story. You are helping people just by being you. And lastly, thank you to your loving mum. She stole a little piece of my heart with her loving nature, wit and wisdom. It was a joy to listen to you both. Looking forward to your next book!