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Eat Cake. Be Brave.

Written by: Melissa Radke
Narrated by: Melissa Radke
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

My name is Melissa Radke, and there is a very real chance you have no idea who I am or why I wrote a book. But admit it, you're curious!   

Even though millions of people seem to like watching my videos bemoaning the trials of parenting, marriage, French braiding, faith, and living life as an anti-aging female, you may still be wondering who let me write a book.   

I mean, books are written by people who have been interviewed by Gayle King and say things like, "You see, Gayle, I was having a root canal, and I literally died in the chair. I saw heaven. Also, when I came back to earth I could speak Mandarin."   

Yeah, that didn't happen to me. No Mandarin. Though I have been known to break out in song! (My voice was once described as a "ray of light in a dark world"...but I think my dad was being a little dramatic.) Although if Gayle King were to ever ask me I would tell her, "I wrote this book between taking my kids to the local pool and picking out flip-flops at Old Navy, and the only metaphysical moment I experienced came right after I looked directly into one of those mirrors with 10x magnification."   

I wrote this book because when I turned 41 I made a decision to be brave. To live brave - bolder and freer. You see, I thought our lives were supposed to change when we turned 40...but mine didn't. Yet every piece of it changed when I turned 41, when I set out to prove that it wasn't too late for me, that careless words wouldn't stunt me and rejection would not stop me. And maybe, just maybe, it will take you reading about the journey I took to finding my sense of self-worth in order for you to rightfully believe in yours. This book is about how all the years of my life led up to the one that changed it. So, cut a big slice and raise a fork...  

Here's to bravery. 

Here's to courage. 

Here's to cake. 

(And not the crappy kind, like carrot.)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Melissa Radke (P)2018 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Melissa Radke... is a mom who gets it. We first came across Melissa when her 'Red Ribbon Week' video went viral, and we were hooked. Her honest approach to motherhood, paired with her sincerity, compassion, and amazing sense of humor has attracted a dedicated social following and an enthusiastic fan base." (American Greetings Blog)

"Melissa Radke...made me laugh AND totally resonated with me. Even though I know all moms go through this, it's still nice to be reminded that I'm not alone." (For Every Mom Blog)

"There's a reason Melissa Radke boasts more than 100,000 Facebook followers: Her parenting videos are hilarious and relatable." (Us Weekly)

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Loved It!

I was referred this book by a fellow entrepreneur but it took me months to finally buy. Wish I would have purchased it immediately and I'm grateful I bought it as an audio book because listening to her tell her story is priceless! I am now ready to suggest that every woman read it. It made me laugh, it made me cry, I related to so many parts and it made me think and make some real plans for my own life to start doing some "heavy lifting".

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  • Leslie Dannecker
  • 2018-07-24

Fantastic Book!!

I listened to the book in 2 days. It’s fantastic. Melissa is so relatable. She tells a story that anyone can relate to. I love the letter to your daughter... I will be sharing this with mine. You are most certainly brave.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-08

It was awesome!

I don’t read or listen to many nonfiction books and for the first time ever when I finished it I was disappointed, not because it was bad but because it was so good I wanted there to be more of it. I hope she comes out with another book. Melissa Radke is awesome. ❤️

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  • Nicole Hawley
  • 2020-07-16

Love it!!!!!

Loved the storytelling and narration by the author. Very relatable with a good dose of comedy. I would definitely recommend!

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  • Alana
  • 2019-07-08

Scattered Stories | Sensitive Subject

Positive: This author is incredibly funny and charming! I listened to most of the audio book and loved her narration! Her stories were very funny. Negative: I thought this book would be more self help based with some personal stories thrown in, but it was the opposite. This is a memoir with a few, on the surface "Jesus loves you, so everything is fine" tidbits thrown in. While that is wonderful to believe and helps some people, I was looking for more tangible advice and things that I could do to be brave. Sensitive, Controversial Subject - SPOILER ALERT: In the book, she talks about her husband having an emotional affair with her best friend. I'm not really sure what an emotional affair is, but I assumed that he was not having a physical relationship with the friend. Affairs and cheating are a very sensitive subject for me, since that was a tough subject that I had to deal with growing up. I know that this subject can be tough for other people too, specifically those who have been cheated on and/or, like myself, had to learn about their parent(s) cheating. While I am glad that the author shared her story about her husband's affair, since that is a part of her story and should be shared, she does what a lot of women do in that they put their husband on a higher pedestal and discuss more about how the other woman, in this case her best friend, betrayed them and needing to forgive them rather than the husband. While she mentions going to counseling with the husband, and getting pregnant exactly a year after the affair was revealed, she spends much more time focusing on the friend and being mad at her and forgiving her. I am very happy for any couple who is able to work through their problems and become a stronger couple. However, I know that people who have cheating and affairs as part of their background usually have a strong opinion about the subject, like I do. Because of how she told the story and her emphasis on the friend rather than the husband, I chose to stop reading this book before I finished it because those are opinions that I feel strongly about. Again, no criticism toward the author herself - through her book and social media, it seems like she has a fantastic marriage and family - but that subject is tough for me to sit through, especially when I disagree so heavily with how the story is being told.

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  • Heather Ficeto
  • 2018-07-19

I never write reviews but.....

This should be a requirement for anyone over 40 still struggling with a sense of self. The story was so well spoken and I resonated with all of it. Now I’m going back to start it again!

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  • OCNJ Bum
  • 2020-01-31

Easy read, enjoyable, but....pointless?

I'm torn on this one. It was an easy book to listen to and I enjoyed listening to the author's reading of her own story. Some parts made me laugh and it did hold my interest. However, I found the "inspirational" parts to be a bit cliche and as if she was trying a little too hard? I can't say that I left feeling empowered, but I was entertained.

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  • J. Brandon
  • 2019-11-22

The Best Audio Reading!

I loved listening to this book in the authors voice. As a girl from the south, it was so comforting to hear that southern drawl and those old sayings. Her stories are so deep and she hides no details which I love but I really wanted to know how she got through things, how she became brave. The title is “be brave” but it leaves you knowing more about Melissa not necessarily how to be brave. Was a funny, heartfelt book but just had different expectations going into it.

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  • Dana K White
  • 2019-03-11

Excellent in all ways!

I enjoyed the entire book so much! There was an amazing balance of depth and humor, and Melissa’s narration was perfection. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-11

Amazing

I’m not an expert by all means. So I all I know I that this book is/was Amazing! I loved every bit of it! Thank you for your transparency.

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  • Terra220
  • 2020-09-26

Worth listening to

I loved the beginning of this book. I didn't want to stop listening to it. The author is funny, witty and seems genuine. I had to take away one star because the last half of the book is overly religious in my opinion. This is her story and her beliefs and her experience and I respect that. I just didn't know going in and had I know that, I would not have picked up the book in the first place. That being said, it is worth a listen and may, indeed, inspire someone to be brave.