I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering

From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, wickedly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible. At 21, Janelle Hanchett embraced motherhood with the reckless self-confidence of those who have no idea what they're getti From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, wickedly funny, and ultimately empo...

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Title:I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering
Author:Janelle Hanchett
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:0316503770
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

I'm Just Happy to Be Here: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering Reviews

  • Jeffrey Rosenberg
    Mar 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

  • Lisa
    Dec 31, 2017

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

  • Rita Arens
    Apr 12, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

  • Leah Colby
    Jul 10, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

  • Paige
    Mar 26, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

  • Nona
    Jan 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

  • Ada
    Dec 01, 2017

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

  • Beth
    Mar 26, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

  • Nancy Kho
    Mar 31, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

  • Keli
    Apr 07, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

  • Maria
    Mar 21, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

    This book resonates. It resonates if you're a mom or an addict or your sister is an addict or if, when you listen to The Dead and Dylan, you feel that feeling deep in your soul. It's resonates if you're a human being with feelings (or a human being without feelings but they're really t...

    One of the strongest voices in my parenting journey has been that of Janelle Hanchett, the hilarious and profane author of the Renegade Mothering blog. The appeal of the blog is its fierce rejection of the beatific cult of motherhood and its earthy exploration of the realities of paren...

    This is truly a fantastic read! One of those books that, once you pick it up, you just don't want to put it down. I laughed, I cried, the writing is fantastic. I would recommend this book to women & mothers & people in recovery - but also, people who feel connected to the hum...

    Janelle?s account of the road to the bottom of alcoholism and the life that comes after is not only compelling but brutally honest. The moments she describes in the darkest places are palatable and transformative. The beautiful life she has built out of the ruins of addiction is infi...

    As a follower of Renegade Mothering I couldn't have been more excited to receive an advanced reader copy for her memoir. I'm Just Happy to Be Here is a sad, yet beautiful telling of Janelle's journey through addiction and the amazing resiliency of her family while she attempts to becom...

  • Carli Hess
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

  • Lola
    Nov 02, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

  • Vikki Reich
    Apr 20, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

  • Stephanie Jankowski
    Mar 28, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

  • Rhiannon Giles
    Apr 25, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

  • Jen Hamilton
    Mar 28, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

  • Shelby
    Mar 07, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

  • Lea Grover
    Mar 23, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

  • Jena Henry
    Mar 23, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

  • Mae McDonnell
    Mar 28, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

    This book resonates. It resonates if you're a mom or an addict or your sister is an addict or if, when you listen to The Dead and Dylan, you feel that feeling deep in your soul. It's resonates if you're a human being with feelings (or a human being without feelings but they're really t...

    One of the strongest voices in my parenting journey has been that of Janelle Hanchett, the hilarious and profane author of the Renegade Mothering blog. The appeal of the blog is its fierce rejection of the beatific cult of motherhood and its earthy exploration of the realities of paren...

  • Mel
    Mar 14, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

  • Stephany Snell
    Mar 16, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

  • Abbie Burkhart
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

    This book resonates. It resonates if you're a mom or an addict or your sister is an addict or if, when you listen to The Dead and Dylan, you feel that feeling deep in your soul. It's resonates if you're a human being with feelings (or a human being without feelings but they're really t...

  • Amy Smith
    Mar 27, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

  • Jordan Burnett
    Mar 27, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

    This book resonates. It resonates if you're a mom or an addict or your sister is an addict or if, when you listen to The Dead and Dylan, you feel that feeling deep in your soul. It's resonates if you're a human being with feelings (or a human being without feelings but they're really t...

    One of the strongest voices in my parenting journey has been that of Janelle Hanchett, the hilarious and profane author of the Renegade Mothering blog. The appeal of the blog is its fierce rejection of the beatific cult of motherhood and its earthy exploration of the realities of paren...

    This is truly a fantastic read! One of those books that, once you pick it up, you just don't want to put it down. I laughed, I cried, the writing is fantastic. I would recommend this book to women & mothers & people in recovery - but also, people who feel connected to the hum...

    Janelle?s account of the road to the bottom of alcoholism and the life that comes after is not only compelling but brutally honest. The moments she describes in the darkest places are palatable and transformative. The beautiful life she has built out of the ruins of addiction is infi...

  • John Hanley
    Apr 18, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

  • Grace O'Connor
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

  • Scottie Vosburgh
    Mar 26, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

  • Kendra
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have been interested in reading about motherhood lately. It started with the memoir ??And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready,?? and while it scared me shitless, it also made me slightly fascinated with the process of creating a little human out of barely...

    When I got my ARC I was ridiculously excited to get started, and I devoured this book in a matter of hours. There is only one word that comes to mind just described "I'm Just Happy to Be Here": ruthless. This book is utterly ruthless. Janelle Hanchett isn't just writing about alc...

    Sometimes we read a book for fun, such as a book we take to the beach. Sometimes we choose a book because we are in the mood for something scary, or we like to solve mysteries, or we want to learn more about ancient China. And there are times that a book calls to us. "Read me so you ca...

    Yo-yo-ing between bouts of sobriety & inebriation, but always depressed, Janelle is loud with hints of Janet Capron?s wild side and the harsh but oft sarcastic tones of Myriam Gurba. Here's a stellar self-deprecating memoir of mistakes while growing up, struggling under postpartu...

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It is a beautiful, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny book. Janelle's is a coming of age story but also coming of family and coming of hope. I read this book in one sitting. ...

    I am not a former drug addict. I am not a recovering alcoholic. I also don't have four kids. But somehow this book resonated with me on so many levels. Having known Janelle since 2010, and having been a reader of her blog, Renegade Mothering, since its inception, I'm used to her blu...

    SHE DID IT! Seriously I was waiting for this ever since I found her blog. ...

    I had the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy of this book and devoured it in three days. It is different than what I expected. Janelle is humorous and irreverent and sometimes even aggressive on her blog renegademothering.com, and that is why many of us fell in love with her...

    I was lucky enough to receive an Advanced Copy of ?I?m Just Happy To Be Here? by Janelle Hanchett which is a brutally honest, raw and uncut story of the author?s struggles with addiction and mental illness and just plain adulting. She holds nothing back as she lays out her bigg...

    This book is one of the best memoirs I've read in a long time. Not only in the story compelling, but the writing is beautiful. Though this is a book about addiction and motherhood, it goes beyond that to the universal struggles we all face - finding our place in the world, figuring out...

    I needed this book. I didn't realize it, but I did. I needed its candor and darkness, its humor and shock, and most especially its sheer humanity. I am convinced that there is a piece of Janelle's story in all of us as mothers, daughters, addicts, and lovers of addicts. There were so m...

    I knew nothing of Janelle?s story until now, but have become inspired by how she made it through and emerged in a place of love, honesty and gritty humor. All I know now is that I must find a ?Good News Jack? in my life! This book gave me a lot more perspective on my family, sobr...

    I love Janelle?s blog and was excited to get an advance copy of her book. It did not disappoint. Her journey is an amazing story filled with sorrow and hope and desperation and thankfully there is joy too. Her writing is honest and sincere and I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    Janelle Hanchett?s I?m Just Happy to Be Here is an affecting, heart-breaking story of addiction and the familial ties that somehow manage to simultaneously constrict and save us. It is an unflinching account of a new mother?s plummet into drug and alcohol addiction. Hanchett?...

    I'm Just Happy to Be Here is so much more than an addiction memoir and a story of motherhood. It's not about how to achieve happiness or reaching some end point. It's not just for drunks or moms or drunk moms. It's for all of us. The book begins as a love story and really remains a lov...

    What a read. Janelle's searingly honest, unflinching memoir of her life as an addict, a mom, the dark period of her life where those two roles collided, and her hard, courageous slog out is riveting. She unites self-awareness with deep, informed compassion for anyone who's gone through...

    I am not typically a reader of "mommy blogs", though I have followed Janelle's blog, Renegade Mothering, for years. I have always loved that she says what lots of us are feeling about parenthood. She knows what is feels like to love your children with ever fiber of your being and also ...

    I have followed the blog, @renegademothering, written by this book?s author, Janelle Hanchett, for several years now, and have found it to be a delight in its refusal to accept tired cliches about being a parent, even or especially to the point where she invites her readers to join h...

    So, I really want to write something profound and meaningful that expresses how I feel about this book, about Janelle's story. I want to use exactly the right words that evoke exactly the right emotion, and leave no detail out, but truthfully? I'm having a hard time. Because how do you...

    Much of Janelle Hanchett?s life is foreign to me. I?ve never stepped foot in California and this book is, in small part, a love letter to it. I?m not an addict and this is her memoir of addiction. I visited Europe as an adolescent, but the most scandalous thing I did while there ...

    Unbelievable that author Janelle Hanchett was able to come out on the other side of her addictions, but she did. Fascinating memoir of her addiction, quest for sobriety and ability to pull her family back together. Janelle also has the website Renegade Mothering - more of her honest wr...

    I've been following Janelle's blog, renegademothering.com, for years. When I heard she had a book coming out, I was patiently-ish waiting the release date. And then I got my hands on an advance reader copy, so I did not have to pretend to be patient anymore. I read the book in just ...

    Janelle's story is a shocker, both for its rock-bottom and for its normal. I volunteered to be on the launch team for her memoir, I'M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE, because after putting out a book about mental illness myself, I get how scary that is. Not only are you sort of laying yourself...

    This is NOT the book I thought it was going to be. Yes, there are parenting parts that we can relate to, however, this is about her gut wrenching journey with addiction, alcoholism and her ego driven ride that tells her ?I?ve got this all under control?. She takes you by the hand...

    This is the heart-breakingly beautiful story of motherhood through the messiness and disasters of alcoholism. It's the hero's journey that is hitting rock bottom and realizing that no one is going to save you except yourself, it is a memoir of "recklessness, rehab, and renegade motheri...

    This book resonates. It resonates if you're a mom or an addict or your sister is an addict or if, when you listen to The Dead and Dylan, you feel that feeling deep in your soul. It's resonates if you're a human being with feelings (or a human being without feelings but they're really t...

    One of the strongest voices in my parenting journey has been that of Janelle Hanchett, the hilarious and profane author of the Renegade Mothering blog. The appeal of the blog is its fierce rejection of the beatific cult of motherhood and its earthy exploration of the realities of paren...

    This is truly a fantastic read! One of those books that, once you pick it up, you just don't want to put it down. I laughed, I cried, the writing is fantastic. I would recommend this book to women & mothers & people in recovery - but also, people who feel connected to the hum...