Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition) by Em Rusciano

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

By Em Rusciano

  • Release Date: 2016-10-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 229 Ratings
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The bestselling, hilarious memoir from one of Australia’s most adored performers and host of breakfast radio on Sydney’s 2DayFM with Harley Breen

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.

And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heartfelt. The stuff of life.

Try Hard is her story.

Because she is. And she does.


  • Amazing book

    By Stephiiiiieeeee
    Most amazing book I have read in so long, It had me in laughing stitches, the straight out blurts or laughing and occasionally tears. Everything she said is so so spot on, she is a funny, amazing, strong women. This book is a MUST read Love love loved it
  • Best book ever

    By Jojoxxoo
    Truth, honesty, laugh, cries, pure love xx
  • Amazing

    By $hira
    This is amazing, honest, hilarious and sad all the things a good book should be. Em you are just a fabulous human and the world needs more of you.
  • Awesome

    By GabTobizzle
    Love love loved it
  • Thank you Em , Just brilliant

    By Shorty Bear
    Oh my goodness, I laughed , I cried , I love that I can read a book and feel that I know you , I discovered you when my 24 yo son told me I had to listen to you on 2day FM he said mum she's amazing he was right . Thank you for your honesty a real pleasure to read ❤️ I will always be listening.
  • Incredible read

    By Bekkkie5
    Thank you so much for sharing your life thus far! So many laughs and things to relate to. Very refreshing and honest. Loved it!
  • Loved it!

    By Sonia Amsing
    Thank you for being so real, saying things others may think but not game to say. I laughed and cried all the way through 🤣
  • Laugh out loud hilarious..

    By Punkyb1222
    I laughed and I cried all in the first 5 pages.. loved it..
  • Loved it!

    By Allaaaay
    Such a great book Em! Many laughs and a few tears - a rare honest and relatable read. Can't wait for more!!
  • Love Em, not the book

    By Appmummax
    Being a huge Em fan I was hyped to read this book. Sadly I feel it didn't live up to her wild banter in shows and online. One small situation dragged out for a whole chapter. Worth the read but wouldn't go back again.