10 October 2009

Review: Breathless By: Lurlene McDaniel

Title: Breathless
Author: Lurlene McDaniel
Publisher: Delacorte Books, 176 Pages (May 12, 2009)
From: Purchased from Overstock.com

Synopsis: What is the toughest request anyone can be asked to fulfill?

Travis Morrison is a champion diver and one of the most popular kids at school. On the first day of summer vacation, while boating on the lake with his friends, Travis attempts a silly stunt dive that goes wrong. He fears he has broken his leg. Instead, his trip to the hospital reveals he has a rare form of cancer, and to save him, the doctors tell his parents they must amputate. In an instant, Travis’s life and the lives of everyone around him are forever changed.

Travis is determined that he and only he should decide the course of his life. He has a plan, but he can’t carry it out alone. Will he convince one of his friends to fulfill his most important request?
Review: 3 1/2 Stars - This story is told from four different and unique perspectives - Travis, Emily the sister, Cooper the best friend and Darla the girlfriend. Each of the characters different points of view and how they related to each other with what was going on with Travis was written well. With the four different characters getting a chance to tell their point of view from a different angle the author covers many of the different choices one might or could make in such a horrible situation.

I found this story depressing due to the sensitive subject matter and the raw emotions written within each of the characters. It made me think what I REALLY would do if put in this situation. The author is correct in saying that we all might think we know what we would do, however until we are put in that actual situation we'd surprise ourselves at what we would actually do.

It was a quick read that was written extremely well for such a hard subject matter and the story itself gives a person so much to think about. If you haven't read this book be aware that its controversial subject matter is raw as are emotions, you might want to have a tissue handy.

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  1. Wow..sounds like a good, heart wrenching book. I really like the cover and the title. Great review! I will have to add it to my list!! :)


  2. It was good, however because it was so heart breaking it was hard to read. I'm sure you'd enjoy it, I mean as much as you can enjoy a book so sad.


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