Live a Little

Live a Little

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by Kim Green
     
 

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-What do you do if you have two bratty teenage kids who don't give you the time of day?
-What do you do if your husband is more interested in his remote than you?
-What do you do if you're forever being compared to your perfect sister--who just happened to marry your perfect boyfriend?
-And what do you do if you're told you have stage 4 breast cancer?
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-What do you do if you have two bratty teenage kids who don't give you the time of day?
-What do you do if your husband is more interested in his remote than you?
-What do you do if you're forever being compared to your perfect sister--who just happened to marry your perfect boyfriend?
-And what do you do if you're told you have stage 4 breast cancer?
Well, if you're Raquel Rose, you tell your family your diagnosis, and then you watch them go from treating you like dirt to treating you like a queen. Then you go on to raise unprecedented amounts of money for breast cancer research. You fulfill your early artistic promise. And you find you love this new life of yours, no matter how fleeting it may be.

So when the doctor calls to tell her that there was a mistake and she's actually perfectly healthy, instead of sharing her good news, Raquel can't relinquish the sudden attention and love from her family. Soon Raquel's lie by omission snowballs and the wise-cracking 40-something becomes a sought-after figure on her sister's popular talk show, elevating her "illness" to local rock star status. Her mistaken diagnosis becomes the fated opportunity to fix the glaring problems in her life--her stalled career as an artist, her lackluster marriage, her unappreciative children, and her highly dysfunctional family.
And while she wants to tell the truth, she's afraid to give it all up--would her family go back to taking her for granted? Would the donors rescind their checks if they think she was a fraud? In the end, it's up to Raquel to find her real "cure": an ending that befits the second chance she's been granted.

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Publishers Weekly

Green's third novel displays a charming, acerbic wit unfortunately employed in the service of an unlikable character. Raquel Rose finds her diagnosis with terminal stage IV breast cancer to be unfair: she put her artistic dreams on hold to raise two kids and now she'll never become the sculptor she always wanted to be. Life after diagnosis isn't all bad, though: knowing she has only months to live, Raquel agrees to go on Living with Lauren! her sister's Bay Area talk show; her husband turns from couch potato to pink-ribbon activist; and her two sullen teenagers start confiding in her the way they never did before. But when a follow-up visit to the doctor reveals Raquel's biopsy results were switched with another woman's and she's actually cancer-free, she can't bring herself to fess up and lose all the local celebrity perks cancer has brought her. The lies snowball in sometimes funny fashion, but Green unfortunately doesn't bring any gravity to Raquel's quandary. Instead the gambit is played as ditsy and vapid. (Aug.)

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Jody Gehrman
Green's effervescent prose and pitch-perfect humor will surely charm readers. Her deeply imagined characters seem like old friends as their story unfolds with effortless grace.
Author of NOTES FROM THE BACKSEAT
Veronica Wolff
Kim Green is a must-read! Live a Little is wise, winning, and funny,
with engaging characters that pull you in and pages that crackle with wit and insight.
author of MASTER OF THE HIGHLANDS
Jody Gehrman - Author of NOTES FROM THE BACKSEAT
"Green's effervescent prose and pitch-perfect humor will surely charm readers. Her deeply imagined characters seem like old friends as their story unfolds with effortless grace."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446538046
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/15/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
849,607
File size:
411 KB

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Meet the Author

Kim Green is the author of two prior novels, PAGING APHRODITE and IS THAT A MOOSE IN YOUR POCKET? She is a freelance writer and editor who lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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Live a Little 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Raquel Rose is a harried housewife with two teenagers who take her for granted and a rather distant husband. When she receives the news that she has breast cancer, her family does an about face. Her kids start helping out with the housework, are thoughtful and her husband is being attentive. Raquel appears on her sister's successful television show ' Living with Lauren' and raises a lot of money for breast cancer. The trouble is that at her next doctor's appointment, she gets the news that her test results were mixed up with another Raquel and she does not have cancer. Stunned, Raquel goes home and tells her family the good news. Or tries to - they don't believe her, they're sure she's just putting on a brave face. In the end she decides to go with the lie. After all, she raised $250,000 so far...and this would be a chance to turn around her life and reinvent herself.....and her family is being so good to her......and ........ Well, you can see there might be a problem with this. Does she get caught out? I won't give away anymore, but you are in for a comical read. Green's descriptions of people, places and situations are laugh out loud funny. Her fantasies of Viggo Mortensen, her overachieving sister, her best friend and the local society ladies are hilarious. Once in a while it seems to escape and go a wee bit over the top. At first I was a bit wary of the premise - pretending to have cancer? The women battling cancer in the book are depicted as strong and use humour as one of the weapons in their fight. And although this deception is what gets Raquel into her predicament it's as much a story of family and finding love. There are some mild sex scenes that some readers may either enjoy or not. All in all a good chick lit read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raquel Rose was diagnosis with terminal breast cancer. Suddenly life was different, better. Her children suddenly acted almost human. She began to live her artistic dreams. She became a talk show favorite. Then the doctor informed her of the mistake. She is cancer free. Some other woman is dying, but not Raquel. Does she tell her family and fans? Kim Green has a talent for writing with just the right amount of wit. I never thought I would be laughing at a book where the lead character has breast cancer. Green reminds us that we should be grateful for life and live each day as though it were our last. Live A Little brought a smile to my face, and yet for some there will be a sense of a bit too much mirth. Green¿s novel was not written to address the serious emotions of a fatal disease. I would like to think that someone with breast cancer has been given the opportunity to see things in a different light, and perhaps laugh a little in the midst of their struggle.