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on March 15, 2013 :
I LOVE this book! It's one of those you keep thinking about after you're done reading it because you feel like you know the characters, like they're people from your own life. I like that the main character isn't a "typical" heroine. She has scars, faults and she isn't always perfect and nice- she's figuring things out as she goes along, like the rest of us. The book is like life, too, alternately funny, smart, a little sad. She has annoying relatives. (I can relate!)
I found this book when I was looking for books about TBI & I was honestly nervous about reading it because I have some experience in the field,but she must have done months of research, I didn't see anything wrong at all.
There are a few sex scenes. Not too,too graphic, but it's perfectly clear what's going on. Not a lot of swearing in the book, a few "f-words" used in emotional moments. "Adult themes", like they say in movie land. My favorite things: the price :), Dr. G, the dog, and the end, which doesn't leave you hanging, because I truly hate that.
(review of free book)
on March 12, 2013 :
Don't be fooled by the bland summary- this book is fantastic!
This is the story of Auden Jasper Jones Lalique, who has managed to make a new life after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Along the way, she must navigate her complicated relationship with her best friend Evan, her interaction with her family, who still miss the "old Auden", and the "self-help guru" career she has carved out for herself. There are also shocking revelations about her childhood.
My favorite parts were the excerpts from Auden's self-help work. Ms. Olsen has woven them into the narrative seamlessly and they help us chart Auden as she navigates a year in her life.
It would have been interesting to compare a bit of the old vs. new Auden (maybe she could remember why she liked certain things?) but the book is already sweeping. Maybe next time?
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