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Posted October 4, 2002
Ms. Starr writes of her battle with lymphoma using a combination of essays, letters, emails, and recollections of her experiences. What sets this book apart is its fundamental honesty, readability and lack of preachy-ness and saccharin sentimentality. She is unafraid to bare her experiences, thoughts, and fears to give the reader a complete view of what she went through, and does so even when it does not necessarily show her in a 'good' light. This takes courage, and gives the book credibility; I felt I was inside her soul for a tour and was allowed to peek in any room I wanted. The subtitle is 'a memoir in bite-size pieces' which is in fact true, and makes the book very readable. The short chapters, emails, letters make the book easy to pick up and put down, although my friends have echoed my experience of reading it in one sitting. My fear in reading this book (which was recommended by a close friend) was that it was going to be preachy, or full of sickly sweet sentimentality. It is not. The book's honesty does not allow such license. The value I received from reading was to compare the transformation in her life to the transformations taking place in mine, giving me valuable perspective. I don't have cancer, but found the book touched me deeply nonetheless. I would highly recommend it to anyone undergoing a transformation in their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.