Who Am I? is the heart-breaking true story of Megan Cyrulewski, a young woman finding herself in an abusive relationship while suffering from post-partum depression, anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Somehow she managed to find the strength to leave her husband, Tyler, in order to raise their daughter in a healthier environment. This memoir tells her story from the moment she met Tyler until the end of the custody battle for their daughter, Madelyne.
This book especially rang true for me because I went through the same mental health issues as Megan, and I was also in an abusive relationship for a time. The big difference is that I didn’t end up marrying the guy. I thought the author aptly described what it is like to suffer from post-partum depression and be emotionally abused. She credits her daughter for saving her, but she was the one who made the decision to leave Tyler, and I really admire her for that. Luckily for her, she had her parents to help her. Unfortunately, not all victims of abuse have a supportive family.
I must say that I really enjoyed Who Am I?, but sometimes the details of the custody battle were tedious. I would also have liked to know a bit more about how she overcame her mental health issues. In the end, this memoir is a must-read for women going through the same problems as Megan Cyrulewski. As an author, she shows great promise, and I would be curious to read the legal thriller she is working on.
I wonder if Tyler has read the book though and, if that’s the case, what his reaction was…
Who Am I? was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
Fun facts about the book and the author:
- Megan Cyrulewski loved Heidi by Johanna Spyri when she was a child, and she’s been writing since she was 10 years old.
- She wanted to be a professional dancer but had to quit because of back problems.
- Her favorite authors are John Grisham, J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb and Jodi Picoult.
- Megan Cyrulewski loves baseball and is a fan of the Detroit Tigers.
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