Review: I Kill Me: Tales of a Jilted Hypochondriac by Tracy H. Tucker

Christine Bacon lives a normal life; a high school English teacher, she’s married to her high school sweetheart with two children and a duo of pets. The abnormality of her life comes from her penchant for death: Christine is a hypochondriac, and a committed one. In the age of technology Christine’s fearful conclusion-jumping is given a satisfyingly in-depth boost, allowing her to uncover the worst case scenarios behind every bump and tingle she experiences in her day-to-day with just the click of a mouse. But Christine’s life gets a little more complicated when her husband proposes a threesome with his British masseuse. Christine’s desire to please her husband dissolves as she’s met with humiliating circumstances, and before long she finds herself on the receiving end of a divorce. Now she must survive the heartbreak of her broken marriage as well as the numerous maladies she concocts for herself – while maintaining her job, raising her children, and finally getting back into the dating pool. But Christine soon realizes that what started as a hellish reality may be just what the doctor ordered.

I Kill Me: Tales of a Jilted Hypochondriac is a charming, life-affirming story wrapped in a delightfully acerbic comedy. Author Tracy H. Tucker displays an impressive variety of abilities as she weaves Christine’s story through moments of caustic wit and heart-rending sadness as the heroine faces life’s biggest fears, from death to divorce. What results is a boldly funny and deeply poignant novel that illuminates the power of good friends and the necessity of self-realization in overcoming any of life’s obstacles. Christine’s fears, while exaggerated beyond what’s considered normal, are still entirely relatable in some way to the reader, endearing her to them with every turn of the page. Her journey to ultimately help herself out of her own self-doubt is peppered with emotional difficulties and cruel realities, but Christine’s pluck resonates with her audience throughout. Tucker’s wit spans the extremeness of Christine’s hypochondria to poke hilarious fun at the dating scene, add light to challenging realities, and sparkle with warmth on the subject of raising children as a single parent.

I felt instantly at home with I Kill Me and I connected to Christine in her many plights; it was easy to be drawn into her story. The way Tucker sparked Christine’s neurotic narrative with intellect and speed grabbed my attention from the first page and contributed to my overall enjoyment of the novel. As a writer she’s well aware of her territory, allowing Christine to be absorbed in her disease-seeking disorder without inflicting a moment’s frustration on the reader. She measures the themes of the book wonderfully, crafting a novel that steadily entertains and engages its reader. Comedy as a genre isn't something I'm particularly practiced in - there have been so many times in the past when I've felt like an unsuited audience for humor - but something in I Kill Me manages to transcend its classification and invites even stoic readers to loosen up and enjoy. Perhaps it was due to the likability of the characters, the many layers of the novel, or the author's talent for handling comedy, but I was able to ease myself comfortably into what is usually somewhat foreign territory. I delighted in Tucker’s wit, in her larger-than-life characters, and I cheered for Christine through thick and thin. In short, I Kill Me struck a friendly cord on my heartstrings.

I Kill Me is intended for an adult audience.

Title: I Kill Me: Tales of a Jilted Hypochondriac Author: Tracy H. Tucker Genre: comedy, contemporary romance Publisher: Tracy H. Tucker Release date: July 26, 2012 Source: Tracy H. Tucker (C/O) Buy the book: Paperback | Kindle Connect with the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

I Kill Me: Tales of A Jilted Hypochondriac