Finding the Cureby Cassandra Giovanni
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Ellie Abela's life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she's been a lot of places. At twenty she's lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad's career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El's life. He's dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too.
At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she'll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.
While Ellie's life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth's has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he's working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent.
Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.
Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn't what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.
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Having lost both of my parents, including one to cancer, this story really hit home for me in many ways. I was often moved to tears while reflecting on Ellie's life as well as my own. I struggled reading at times, but this is because the story is so well done and truly does mirror reality. A song that reflects both this book and feelings that accompany this situation is "Live like You are Dying" by Tim McGraw. This sums up what was going on with her father's illness while Ellie and Trent were growing in their relationship. I found the strengths of these two young adults to be amazing. I loved themboth! It is a beautiful, but very moving story. Only read when ugly tears won't be an embarrassment. ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
Cassandra Giovanni asked me to read her new book Finding the Cure. I, of course, said sure. I did not just read this book. I devoured it. I was invested in knowing that Ellie was okay, happy, and settled in life. I needed Trent to be the stand-up man that I prayed he was. I wanted Ellie’s dad to make the family be okay. Finding the Cure is not an easy book to read. The discussion of cancer and losing your father can never be easy. Yet, there were times I almost forgot about the cancer because I was so wrapped up in Trent and Ellie’s story. Everything from the way they met, at a book store, to how their relationship progressed had me thinking of them when I was not able to read their story. I loved how their relationship progressed at a normal pace, it was not a meet and fall into bed story. Their story is a true love story. Add in Allie, Trent’s daughter/sister, and their family is complete. Allie had me in stitches laughing so much. She was the light part of the story. When things got heavy she threw out the word kinky or asked if they were practicing kissing quietly. She was a real little girl. She has spunk, love, and kept it light. If you are looking for a light yet heavy book this is exactly what you need. I certainly recommend checking it out.
'Finding the Cure' is a touching story about people's pain of losing someone and struggles in life. Ellie Abela has been struggling for years with her father's cancer and her mother died in a drunk driving accident. That said, she keeps herself from getting close with someone for her fear she will lose someone again. It all changes when Trent saves her from an awkward encounter with Stew. I absolutely adored this book and it made me cry a lot. Giovanni made such strong and lovable characters that she didn't give me a reason to hate them. I loved Ellie's relationship to her family and friends; she is so lucky and at some point somehow I got jealous because of it. In case you were wondering, it's a clean NA and I hope you love it as much as I do. I highly recommend it to everyone! I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.