Book Review – Life Gives Me Lemons


Most of the time I find myself reading books about running, nutrition, training, or something else related to the sport of OCR, Trail Running, Ultra Running or other physical fitness endeavor. I took a day off of that path to read the new book by friend, former co-worker, and at times partner in crime during my ski academy days, C. J. Feehan. Her book Life Gives Me Lemons is a collection of true stories throughout her life that seem too much at times to be true.


IMG_4779I brought the book with me while down in southern Utah and read it cover to cover in one day. Although I knew or lived through many of the stories in the book, reading it gave me more insight into my friend and had me laughing out loud several times. The story of finding out the tooth fairy wasn’t real was both hilarious and heartbreaking, after the tooth fairy mistakingly gave her a fifty dollar bill instead of a five dollar bill only to swap it out the next morning when her dad took it back and gave her the appropriate bill. Other stories about the exploding rental car, or the kayak rack story funny to relive through her storytelling. Of course my favorite of them all is regarding the trip to Mexico the same weekend swine flu broke out but that’s because not only do I remember it, I lived it right along side with her.


Overall, Life Gives Me Lemons is the perfect book to have on the coffee table, you can you read cover to cover or pick and choose your adventures along the way. Either way this is a fun book, and easy read, and will have you laughing along the way. I can attest that all the stories in the book actually happened and so many more could have been added C.J.’s life is never a dull moment.

Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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