Praise for ‘Every Shitty Thing’

Many come to me to discuss writing a book and my response to each is typically glib. Imagining writing a book is easy, I tell them. But actually, writing a book, taking that seemingly endless and often painful journey from first word to last, is far more difficult than you could ever imagine, I say. Then finding an agent, an editor, a publisher etc who will treat your work with respect … well, that’s an entirely new mountain to climb. Only the very toughest make it. That’s what I told Marcia.

Of course, at the time I didn’t know her full story. Now I do. And now I understand how she developed the mental toughness to put together this hard-hitting, autobiographical masterpiece. This is hip-hop's literary equivalent, a stark, no-holds-barred story of courage, perseverance, tenacity and desperation that is as real as it gets. Of course she finished it. Nothing stops Marcia, as you’ll discover amongst these pages.

Don’t expect teddy bears or ponies, princesses or ballerinas. Every Shitty Thing is one woman’s story of survival in what often amounts to suburban hell. It is a story to which we can all, in one way or another, relate. It is deeply and intensely personal and real, and contains lessons for every reader. Don’t miss out.

Chris Sheedy, Director, The Hard Word

You would assume that being a part of someone's life for many years you would get to know them really well - what they stand for, how they plug into society, who they are and what makes them tick. But we hide in closets, behind our alter egos or simply wear a mask. ‘Every Shitty Thing’ is a testament that until you know yourself, no one will ever get to know you. Our memories make us who we are today. It takes courage to relive those moments. A beautiful and thought-provoking journey where I too learnt many lessons. An inspiring read and one I am grateful Marcia chose to share.

Sean Ashby, aussieBum

It’s Marcia’s ability to tell her truth and find the light in darkest of moments that makes her story so engaging. It’s her strength, resilience and open heart that makes her story relatable to many women. It’s her willingness to talk about the somewhat unspeakable and heartbreaking moments that so often as a society we shy away from that give others the opportunity to not feel alone. As a writer myself, I know it takes a lot to look within and deal with those hard emotions or experiences that have happened to us. And, to then tell the truth about these —

it’s a courageous act of itself. If you know heartbreak, if you know pain, if you feel alone in the challenges life has presented you, this book may just be the catalyst to helping you heal. It may just remind you that you are human and we each have a story and no matter what it looks like, you can learn, grow and live the life you want, despite what has happened to you along the way. You just have to listen to your heart and realise, you always have a choice.

Monica Kade, Writer & Podcast Host

Everyone has a story. These stories, positive or negative, affect the way we think, feel and act. Our stories mould us and make us who we are. Marcia’s story is painful, raw and, in a strange way, beautiful for she writes in the light of truth. I was captured from the first word to the last, drawn in by the bravery and courage of her truth. Although it sounds like a cliché, this memoir is definitely a ‘must read’!

John Scott

I couldn't put it down. I read Every Shitty Thing in one sitting. I felt like I inhaled and didn't exhale until I'd consumed all of it. An engrossing and agonising read... just when I thought nothing worse could happen ... it did... but at the same time the story is engaging, witty and warm. This is a book about courage and resilience, and what it means to keep showing up even when the odds are stacked against you. Marcia writes bravely and fearlessly. Thank you for sharing your story. Especially the difficult parts.

Kate Shand, Author – Boy

Here is a ripping yarn. Marcia knows how to tell a good story and will have you living her world within the first few pages.

Monique Hohnberg, Founder of the worldwide phenomenon #RiseRegardless

Every Shitty Thing is a heart-wrenching tale that peels back the cover of childhood trauma and its long-lasting effects. But it is so much more than that. It is a tale of family, of betrayal, of the things we do for love and what is done to us in love's name. Marcia's armour is dented in places, shattered in others, but with hope as her weapon, she fights for the life and love she deserves. Told with honesty and humour, this is a book I couldn't put down.

Amanda J Spedding, two-time Australian Shadows Award winner

Sometimes the biggest mistakes of our lives turn out to be the greatest miracles...

Marcia pulled herself from the brink of self-extinction for one good reason – she had a daughter. Funny thing is, she had never wanted to be a mother.

From the youngest age, she had borne the brunt of male brutality. Yet she survived her childhood and teenage years only to encounter further betrayals and losses.  And just when she thought she couldn’t go on, she did – with wicked humour and a will to out-survive every shitty thing that had ever happened to her.

This is a tough and tender ode to a heart and spirit that refused to shatter. A gift of hope to anyone who has ever wanted to give up and then tried again.

Joanne Fedler, Internationally bestselling author

Marcia Abboud openly comes to terms with the betrayals, shame and self-loathing which took her to the edge of the darkest abyss. This compelling memoir is about family violence, addiction, sexual abuse, suicide, motherhood, secrets, loss, sorrow, resilience, honesty — and is written with the authentic voice and wry humour which only insight and hindsight can bring – a rare achievement.

Carolyn Leigh, Author and curator

Late last year (2018) I read Every Shitty Thing. I absolutely loved this book and I could not put it down. It resonated with me as I thought about my own struggles. Marcia’s courage and strength is something I can relate to, even more so now. Since finishing the book, I read bits of it every now and then just to help me stay as strong as the author. I have bought a copy for a few friends and also my daughter in law and they love this book as well. Thanks Marcia for writing this book and allowing yourself to forgive the men in your life. I look forward to your next book.

Marilyn MacFadyen

Marcia, I bought your book directly from your website a while ago. Last night I started reading it. I powered through until way past midnight and got up early to keep going. I’m not really a reader but I have loved it. I was so sad when you described your mum passing. I’m so sorry. I’ve only got about 80 pages to go and I’ll be sad to finish it. Thank you for a wonderful read and especially for your handwritten slip that I only noticed last night. I saw so much of me in your book.

I finished. I cried like a baby at the end. I loved it. I’m so happy you found happiness. What an amazing story. To all women – it’s a great read!

Louise Thompson

I loved this book, its honest, raw and to the point. The author endured so many betrayals, from her parents and brothers and then from the man she had trusted implicitly, her husband.
There were many parts where I sat in total amazement that the author could even get out of bed in the morning, but she did, she has forged ahead in her life with determination, courage, and humour. I know many of us who grew up in dysfunctional families will be able to relate, on some level, to the author's life and just what it takes to move forward one step at a time.
So if you ever felt like your life was so fucked up there was no way out, you need to read this book

Jillian Grey

I loved this book! Even though her life story has many painful and harrowing events, author Marcia Abboud still manages to tell it in a very engaging way, with plenty of irreverent humour and moments of profound insight and compassion, both for herself and for others. With all our faults and foibles, most of us are just doing the best we can, in the situation we're in, with the resources we've got. We're far from perfect, any of us. That said, sometimes people make shitty choices, with harmful consequences. Dealing with those consequences can take a lifetime, if we are even brave enough to begin dealing with them at all. This is the story of a brave woman, a woman who did not let herself be buried under a pile of consequences. May it encourage you, in the moments when you may not be feeling so brave... and may you also get a few bloody good laughs out of it along the way!

Pip Cody

Wow. Just wow. Read the whole thing in one sitting. Thank you for such an honest and humbling experience. This was just what I needed.

Fee Townshend

It’s not often you put everything on hold to finish a book but after reading the first few chapters I knew I had no choice. An emotional roller coaster through this strong lady’s life, through all the heart ache, twists and turns.

As I was reading, it made memories and emotions come back to me about my story/people etc and what a huge credit to Marcia to connect with the reader like that. Sharing some similar family experiences, I could understand how she was feeling and so many more I couldn’t even have imagined, but Marcia took me there with her words, leaving me absolutely gob smacked.

Reading about Marcia’s journey and overcoming so much out of her control, I know will help others who have experienced weight issues, addiction, betrayal, loss of loved ones and all the other shitty things life throws at us. It’s a story that is uniquely Marcia’s. Life gave her every reason to be bitter and twisted but here she is a beautiful person with a beautiful heart. A must read.

Grant Goldfinch, Founder aussie essence

What I loved about this book was Marcies ability to own every single life experience with brutal honesty, combined with genuine sincerity & a sense of compassion for the 'other players' throughout her life. She has chosen to write about them as colourful flawed human beings who we are capable of understanding & empathising with. She has not depicted them as shallow characters simply included in her memoir to loathe which - equals boring. What I took away from reading her memoir is that despite everything she had thrown at her, it was still written with love - love and heartache sprinkled with humour.


Amazing. I couldn’t put it down and read it from cover to cover in one go. I was taken on journey that was beyond captivating. Those skelton’s certainly got rattled and exposed in this journey. Well done Marcia, your mum would be proud. I highly recommend this, but have your tissues handy and be prepared to pick up your jaw on more than one occasion!


'Every Shitty Thing’ is a raw, honest and relatable memoir of a woman’s journey through life’s highs and lows; from love and friendship, to heartbreak, loss and betrayal.
As an old friend of Marce’s, I was touched to be included in her book and loved reliving memories of our youth and time together. I highly recommend picking yourself up a copy for an emotional ride, full of humour, inspiration and hope

Catherine Gray

Some terrible things happened to Marcia Abboud, the kind of things that can break a person, but not a person like Marcia. In this moving, sometimes devastating and always candid memoir, she tells a compelling tale of great adversity and even greater resilience. Marcia is an astute storyteller with an insight into the complexities of human nature and experiences, and I was particularly impressed by how much humour she managed to inject into her story. This book is a gift. I believe it will do much good in the world.

Lee Kofman PhD, Author, Mentor, Writing Teacher & Speaker

Marcia Abboud’s brave and brilliant story had me captivated from the opening pages. I read 'Every Shitty Thing’ faster than any other book. Marcia cleverly reveals the emotional rollercoaster of her life with unexpected humour and compassion. I found myself laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. I believe that every woman should read this courageous story. After reading ‘Every Shitty Thing’ I felt empowered. The author shows that no matter what we endure, everything happens for a reason and when we find it in our heart to forgive, there is always hope. I am grateful to Marcia for sharing her intimate feelings and for being brutally honest in this memoir.

Lisa Benson, Author – Where Have I Been All My Life

Every Shitty Thing is written so beautifully that I didn't want to put it down. This could be a book about heartache, but it is not. It is a true story about hope and survival. It is filled with humour and insight. A true story about betrayal and perseverance. Taken on the journey of the author's life from childhood to adulthood, you feel her pain and her triumphs along the way. Her hopes, dreams and goals become part of yours. You will laugh and you will cry but whatever you do, you will not want to stop reading.

Xanti Bootcov, Author – But They Look So Happy