This novel really hit me in an emotional way. It centers around Natalie, 27 years old, who gets diagnosed with breast cancer. The story that follows portrays a real life struggle with breast cancer by an author who went through it herself. She gives us a real, no holds barred, account of the issues and feelings of losing your breasts, the chemo, the way people treat you, and the road to recovery. Natalie is a hugely likeable character and as you go through this journey with her you come to love her and feel her struggles and hopes and joys. She’s funny and she’s strong. I think this novel is a must read for anyone that’s suffering through breast cancer, for those who have been through it and survived, and for those of us who have been there to support and love someone with breast cancer.
This book was picked by Jenn from my PT book club and it so well worth reading. This book is about two sisters, twins, and their journey through life. At a very young age their mother leaves them and this is something they struggle with their whole lives. I think in a lot of ways it played a huge part in how their lives unfolded. When they are seventeen, something huge happens to them and their lives are changed forever. Thirteen years later, something big happens once again and ends up being a life changing experience for them. This novel goes back and forth from the past to the present but not in a confusing way. As a reader I became very involved in these girl’s lives, feeling as though I could feel their joys, hurts and disappointments, and struggles. The book keeps you wondering about the truth of the story as it shifts back and forth and really keeps your interest by doing that. I had this book finished in about a day and a half I think-I just wanted to keep picking it up to see what was going to happen next. I was surprised in parts, shocked at some others. Ultimately this book made me cry my eyes out but that’s ok-doesn’t make it a bad story for doing that. This was a really good novel, one I will place on my shelf to be kept, passed on to a friend or maybe re-read someday.
As a note there was one quote I want to keep in my memory-it just sounded beautiful and nice to me: “Everyone you ever love, anyone who ever loves you, lay a light like a canopy on your soul”.
Great pic Jenn!
This was such a wonderful book and I am so looking forward to the next six books in the series. The characters in this book just grab onto you and hold on. I already feel as though I personally know and love them. This novel is about a group of women who meet at a Women’s Conference and end up sticking together. They initially form an email group which quickly evolves into a deeper friendship and the women actually meeting regularly. Tragedy strikes in many different ways in this book but the women pray together and are there for each other. I was brought to tears and laughter in this novel. I think the novel struck so deep within me because I have a wonderful family of PT sisters. We met online and started as a book club about 5 years ago and have grown to be family and love and care deeply for each other. I know if we were living near each other that we would be there in good and bad times for each other as the ladies in yada yada are. Again, I really look forward to reading more in this series.
This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed it. The girls are a year older and still struggling with being young and getting by. Some of the mystery has been revealed but we still have no idea who is harassing the girls. They thought they knew who it was but it turns out they were wrong. The novel again ends with them being texted by whoever this mystery “A” person is and again the book tackles some of the issues facing young people. I’m curious to read the next one in the series and see if the girls come together as best friends again and manage to find out who is tormenting them. I’m anxious to find out what happens to them next as they are a bit messed up at the end of this book. For a young adult book, it’s quite good. It’s a fast and easy read.