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Most Helpful Favorable Review

21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

A definite must-read!

Like most working mothers, Sarah Nickerson never has enough hours in the day. Between her high-powered corporate job, husband, three children, two homes, Sarah has filled every minute of every day with something. Life is literally passing her by as she tries to have i...
Like most working mothers, Sarah Nickerson never has enough hours in the day. Between her high-powered corporate job, husband, three children, two homes, Sarah has filled every minute of every day with something. Life is literally passing her by as she tries to have it all. One rainy night, Sarah is rushing back to her office to put in more hours, begins digging for her cell phone, and in an instant, her life is changed forever.

When Sarah wakes up from a devastating car accident, she is suffering from Left Neglect. Due to damage to the right side of her brain, Sarah no longer recognizes anything on the left side. As she begins to work towards her recovery, Sarah also begins to realize all of the other aspects of her life she was neglecting. She may have had money, power, and prestige, but she was missing out on soccer games, piano recitals, and the lives of her husband and children. Sarah's injury and recovery force her to re-examine her priorities and re-evaluate what is really important.

Left Neglected is a fantastic novel by Lisa Genova. Her characters, while affluent in this case, could really embody the lives of any working family. We all get caught up in the day-to-day activities and begin to take our blessings for granted. We simply get so busy in our lives that we forget to really live them. Genova crafts the story wonderfully, taking readers on a walk through the lives of Sarah and her family.

If I had any negatives to post, it would be the sort of glossing over of the relationship between Sarah and her mother. Additionally, the story could have been built up further with regards to the other characters as well, as the length of the advanced copy of the book is only at just over 300 pages. That leaves a lot of additional space for learning more about the lives of Sarah and her family members beyond what is written.

The hope here is that Genova's tale is enough to make us all take a step back and rearrange our priorities. Maybe we cut back on the things we really don't need. Maybe we have our children choose one sport instead of trying them all. And maybe, just maybe, we realize just how precious life is right now, instead of waiting for a tragedy to teach us differently.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

posted by irishbookworm21 on November 22, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Overrated

Predictable story, not deserving of raves.

posted by readerxJL on August 26, 2011

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Great book!

    This book was one I was certain was going to be depressing. However, as I got in to it I was amazed at how the characteres handled such a trying situation. I was not aware of that syndrome and was fascinated by how the story developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Pretty good

    Still alice was a lot better , little slow

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    A read that will make you think about life....

    This book was interesting.... I found myself relating to the mom as I have also had to overcome many adversities from an accident, relating to the fact that one second can forever alter the course of your life. The only bad thing I will say about this book is that at times it was hard for me to fully grasp what her disorder really felt like, even though I think the author did everything she could to try and explain it. This story will make you think about how precious life is and that any moment it can all change....and change isn't always a bad thing, sometimes it's the best thing.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    good read, even if predictible

    fascinating to consider life with the condition, the story almost seemed secondary. but as a hard working mother of three, it was a good reminder to stop to smell the diapers once in a while.

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