• Try Hard

  • Tales from the life of a needy overachiever
  • By: Em Rusciano
  • 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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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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Laughing with my tears

Em is a discovery I found when she was still doing radio, and I stumbled upon her in accident on Facebook and became a huge fan of this Australian radio host, while being half a world away. This story has made me laugh, feel shock flash across my face, and tear up as those additional final chapters made me feel gutted right alongside her. She is a spectacular human being and you won’t regret listening her tell the tale of her crazy wacky life.

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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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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
  • 11-07-19

Loved every second

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

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  • sparkyannc
  • 10-15-19

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
  • 05-17-19

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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  • T
  • 03-29-18

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
  • 11-21-17

Amazing

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

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  • Monique
  • 11-23-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-17

Incredible

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

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  • Maddy
  • 11-20-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-22

Awesome story, awesome energy

This story is stunning! If you’re a fan, it’s a must read, if you like women, it’s a must read. If you like books, we’ll, you get it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-22

Laughs, tears and flashbacks of my own life

Absolutely loved this. It was so relatable but also so entertaining. I'd love to read another.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-22

Always love Em's work

If you love Em's podcast, shows and socials, you will definitely love her book too.

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  • Rebecca Wenden
  • 03-29-22

loved every second!

I laughed, I cried and then I laughed so hard I cried! Em Rusciano tells it how it is, dirty bits of life and all

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  • Leah
  • 12-14-21

Awesome!!!! You’re a gem Em

Absolutely awesome audiobook. I’ve cried laughed giggled. You are a sensational lady. Wanted to read the book as I now listen to your podcast