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Try Hard

Tales from the life of a needy overachiever
Narrated by: Em Rusciano
Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Funny, feisty and fabulous, Em Rusciano's insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.

From her exploits at the Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.

©2016 Em Rusciano (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Laugh & Cried

Thumbs up for me, this book is perfect for A audiobook as Em nailed it 👍 loved it and now can’t wait to see her live 💕 I could relate to everything she wrote 😀 brilliant 👌

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love love love this book.

Em you are such an amazing person. Thank you for sharing your life. Thank you for giving me the courage to seek help.

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Incredible

Loved it! Em is funny and brutally honest. I felt every emotion with her. Highly recommend

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HIGHLY RECCOMEND

Em is an absolute magician with her words. I laughed and cried with this book! Made it even better that Em narrated it. This book is a must read!!

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Try Hard...Fun-tastic!

Its a great story, truthful and entertaining. Em captures growing up in Melbourne perfectly and I would highly recommend Try Hard (perfect title).

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loved loved loved this book!!!

I laughed, I cried, then I went and brought something sparkly and apologised to noone!!

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loved it

loved the honesty, and her ability to take the most mundane, scary or tragic situations and find some humor. life is better when your smiling

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blubber

stand by with the hankies. Em is vibrant emotional and beautiful. this have me wailing and my drive home. probably not safe but meh!!

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The Aussie Joan Rivers

She is hard to dislike. A bittersweet autobiography that I'm sure after the experience of listening to Joan Rivers on "Diary of a Mad Diva" will likewise be better listening to the author on audiobook than reading her in print.

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Bloody Fantastic!

This book is the most entertaining thing ever ! Em has such an amazing personality and i feel as if i know her personally after listening to this beautiful book !

The emotions are real and i laugh cried my whole way through it ! I personally believes Em Rusciano is our saviour dressed in glitter and drag makeup ! there is some amazing life advise in this book. It is so well put together and Em really knows how to paint a picture.

Thankyou for the giggles and tears Em - you have a beautiful soul. Thankyou for sharing it with the world, girls like me need amazing strong glittery women like you ! I one day hope to be half the mum you are !

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  • 27-05-2018

You need Emelia Rusciano in your life!

This book was so beautiful, heartfelt, hilarious and gut-wrenchingly honest. I want to turn around and start it over - I weirdly feel like Em and I are best friends now and I need to give her a hug and a high-five and an all around “well done bitch”. This was amazing, thank you for laying yourself bare and sharing so much of your beautiful spirit!

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  • Taylor Payne
  • 21-10-2019

Em is AMAZING!!

Let’s just start off by saying I want Em to be my best friend!! I know we live in two different countries but I love her!! I’ve listened to this book twice and will probably listen to it another 3000 times! I love her spunk and attitude. She is relatable and is just amazing!! Love love love her and this book!!

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  • brittany lawrence
  • 04-12-2017

Em is queen!!

This book is so fabulously written AND narrated!! I love this woman! I went through every emotion listening to this and that doesn't happen often!! Would LOVE to see her stand up one day!!

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  • omah
  • 07-11-2019

Loved every second

This is an uplifting, funny, snort, pee your pants book! What is not to love!

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  • sparkyannc
  • 15-10-2019

A rollercoaster of emotions

I’ve followed Em’s work for a while. She performs her book with great gusto and it was an enjoyable listen which made me laugh and cry.

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  • Miss D Purcell
  • 17-05-2019

Loved this story

Loved this story. Its raw and honest, funny and sad. Em is a lovely person and tell a story so well.

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  • Conny T
  • 29-03-2018

Em an emotional rollercoaster

I enjoyed every funny, honest, moving moment of this book. I laughed, spluttered and sobbed. this is an upfront, raw emotional journey of a strong resiliant woman. thanks for sharing so much, you opened your heart and we felt it being torn in two.

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  • hannah jones
  • 21-11-2017

Amazing

she says what everyone else is thinking and feeling. very therapeutic and healing love Em so much