Stop the World


Jody Angel Taylor believes her life is all mapped out: Glamorous, clever and popular, and due to marry her handsome boyfriend, she has it all. Until one night she has a devastating car crash, ending up paralyzed — and her perfect world collapses.

Committing media suicide and publicly blamed for her own accident, everything around her falls apart. She becomes a lonely recluse, feeling she’s lost everything including her legs — her boyfriend to her best friend, her father to an affair, her mother to depression — but above all she fears losing her mind. What she doesn’t know is that someone across the globe is about to throw her a lifeline. Can she find the courage to take it? Determined to love again and clear her name, she embarks on a new adventure that will transform her life beyond all expectations.

If you like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green and ‘All the Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven then you’ll love this inspiring novel.


‘Poignant, Compelling, Unputdownable. Sherry really touched my heart with this uplifting story, revealing the comedy and pain behind the main characters challenging circumstances.’ Daily Mail

‘This book is for anyone who wants to read something that is in turns inspiring, emotional, gritty, heartwarming and funny. Currently, I’m thinking this is one of the best books I have ever read and if I could give 6 stars I would.’ Phil Leader, reviewer and blogger

‘I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story about a girl coming of age and succeeding against all odds. Beautifully written and very addictive – Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop until I finished. The characters are all so beautifully drawn and they still haven’t let go of me.’ Renita D’Silva, author of ‘The Forgotten Daughter.’

‘This is a well-written, feel-good story with just the right ingredients to keep you in suspense, make you cry from the good and bad, and also make you laugh. If you liked John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars”, you’ll love Sherry Mayes’ Stop the world. This novel is about triumph and disaster, and as in Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” treats those two imposters the same. The story is seen through the eyes of main character and beauty queen, Jody Angel Taylor. Although Jody is/was a beauty queen, she is the prototype flawed and beautifully crafted protagonist.’ John Darryl Winston, author of the IA trilogy