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Posted August 1, 2011
A labor of love and a beautiful story
Astounding not only because of the age of its young author (she's 17, friends!) but because of the sheer honesty and the seductive beauty inherent in this relatively simple story. Katelyn is a teenager desperate for normalcy, who wants only to escape the world in which her brother Matthew is struggling with cancer. Katelyn's parents are devoted to their son, and Katelyn wrestles with the silent, familiar problems faced by the healthy, forgotten, grieving sibling: misplaced guilt, confusion, denial, envy, bitterness, fear, and tremendous loneliness. When two strange men appear out of Katelyn's own imagination (the lovable Cedric and the kind, wise Tristan), Katelyn seems at last to have found a way out, to escape. But even as fantasy begins to take over, the grave prognosis of Matthew's illness becomes increasingly real. He needs her more than ever, but Katelyn has already slipped away.
SLIPPING REALITY is a story of hope, of grief, of losing yourself entirely, and then finding your way back. While the above synopsis might sound somewhat contrived, the novel is not. The prose is enchanting and Katelyn's voice is both kind and mature. She is not your average teenager--she is imaginative, curious, philosophical and at times morbidly funny, but she is the same time the confused young girl accessible to any reader. The fact that this book has been self-published may turn off some--do not allow it! This book deserves to be read, and is more than the first novel of a young author. It is a dear and graceful tale, told with the skill and consciousness of a much older writer. Yet the voice is fresh, and the writing clear. Read this, and fall in love--then go out and buy it for everyone you know.
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Posted July 21, 2011
Slipping Reality is a Winner!!!!
A wonderful read based on the authors brothers fight with pediatric cancer. Her use of vocabulary, syntax and character development is superb and a triumph for such a young writer.
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Posted April 12, 2012
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite Katie should be a
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers FavoriteWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Katie should be a typical teenage girl doing typical teenage girls things; and to her peers she is. She goes to school where she tolerates biology class, aces English class (she's already read all the assigned novels) and excels in art class. One would think that she and her best gal pal share an exciting high school social life, but at the end of the school day, Katie goes home to an atmosphere of sadness and anxiety. Katie's brother Matthew is suffering his third and most likely final round of cancer. While Katie's mother devotes her every waking moment researching possible life-saving medical procedures and Matthew approaches each day with a courageous smile, Katie finds herself drowning in an existence void of escape from sickness and false hopes. Just as her spirit is at its lowest point, two men enter her life to comfort and carry her away from the dark realities of her daily life. Who are they? WHAT are they? Guardian angels?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Slipping Reality". Although it is categorized as young adult I believe this is marketable to a wider reading audience. Often the focus is on the immediate victim of terminal illness and younger family members are secondary in the grieving process. In this fictional adaptation of living with terminal illness, Emily Beaver gives her first hand impression of actually losing an older brother to cancer. The author comments in her personal notes that she wishes she could have found the escape that her main character did during the "real time" events of her brother's last days. Wonderful read!
Posted February 23, 2012
Posted August 25, 2011
Highly Recommend for anyone from the age of 13 to 99 (sorry if your 12 or 100)
This was a wonderful read, just could not put it down. The author does a great job bringing you along this journey of emotional struggle, not only with dealing with a terminally ill sibling but the struggle every child has in transitioning from the idealistic world of youth to the reality of their life. I am totally stunned to know the author was 14, I would not be surprised to learn that the age was transposed and she is really 41.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2011
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