Thursday, August 19, 2010

What We Have Book Review


What We Have: A Family#s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival
From the Publisher:  The stirring true story of a woman who chose fearlessness in the face of a fatal family legacy and discovered the pleasure of living each moment to its fullest 

At thirty-two, Amy Boesky thought she had it all figured out: a wonderful new man in her life, a great job, and the (nearly) perfect home. For once, she was almost able to shake the terrible fear that had gripped her for as long as she could remember. Women in her family had always died young-from cancer-and she and her sisters had grown up in time's shadow. It colored every choice they made and was beginning to come to a head now that each of them approached thirty-five-the deadline their doctors prescribed for having preventive surgery with the hope they could thwart their family's medical curse. But Amy didn't want to dwell on that now. She wanted to plan for a new baby, live her life. And with the appreciation for life's smallest pleasures, she did just that. In What We Have, Amy shares a deeply transformative year in her family's life and invites readers to join in their joy, laughter, and grief. 

In a true story as compelling as the best in women's fiction, written with the sagacity of Joan Didion and the elegance of Amy Bloom, Amy Boesky's journey celebrates the promise of a full life, even in the face of uncertainty.



My Take On The Book: Oh my this book wasn't anything like I expected.  The main reason for this is because this is a true story! This isn't made up. These events happened to a real family.  My heart went out to the women in this family.  They saw a pattern occurring in their family with ovarian cancer.  Instead of sitting by and letting it happen to their generation, they made a plan and tried sticking to it.  


Of course, life happens and plans get modified. This book is about their journey, their life.  It made me laugh, cry, cry, laugh and cry again.  This book really brought to light two points.  One is  that we can all try to sympathize with friends and family but we can't truly relate to their struggles unless we've gone through their same situations.  Lastly, hold back judgement on said situations.  


Please read this book.  Ask your local library to carry it! 



This book was given to me to review.  My Take On the Book is my own tasty words and opinions.  I'm an Amazon Affiliate. 
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