Planning to Live (Toronto Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Determined to lose weight for her best friend's wedding, goal-obsessed Rhiannon flees her parents' Christmas Day feast to avoid overeating but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree. Trapped and bleeding, with her cell phone out of reach, she struggles to escape, and to accept that she's spent her whole life planning but hasn't ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that?
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Planning to Live (Toronto Series #3)

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Overview

Determined to lose weight for her best friend's wedding, goal-obsessed Rhiannon flees her parents' Christmas Day feast to avoid overeating but her car skids off the deserted road into a tree. Trapped and bleeding, with her cell phone out of reach, she struggles to escape, and to accept that she's spent her whole life planning but hasn't ever really lived. Will she get the chance to change that?
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011101557
  • Publisher: Heather Wardell
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Series: Toronto Series , #3
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 243,844
  • File size: 316 KB

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Heather is a natural 1200 wpm speed reader and the author of fifteen self-published novels including the free ebook "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo" which has had over 375,000 downloads.

She came to writing after careers as a software developer and elementary school computer teacher and has no plans to leave it.

In her spare time, she reads, runs, swims, crochets, takes care of her aquarium and her cat Trinity, and plays drums and clarinet. Generally not all at once.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    Powerful Read

    This was such a powerful read. I wasn't expecting to be so moved, or to take the book's message to heart like I have. This book reminded me in such a good way of how I felt reading Gayle Forman's If I Stay.

    Rhiannon is a thirty-something perfectionist. She holds herself to unattainable standards and is always beating herself up about her weight and not being good enough at every part of her life. She has a tragic past, which is revealed little by little as she reflects on her life throughout the story. Rhiannon gets in a car wreck on the way home from her parents' house on Christmas Day. The whole reason why she's driving home in a blizzard is so ironic, because she's trying to escape the temptation of fattening foods at her parents' house.

    The story starts with Rhiannon stuck in her car, just off the road, and she can't reach her phone to call for help. While she waits to be rescued, she thinks back on her life. The entire book alternates between Rhiannon in her car in the present day and flashbacks. Sometimes this kind of writing style can be choppy, but it works well here and keeps the story moving at a fast pace. I found this book impossible to put down. Wardell grabbed me right from the beginning and I finished this book really quickly because I couldn't wait to find out if Rhiannon gets her happily ever after or not.

    Just One Gripe:
    Don't judge this book by its cover. The cookies actually play a large role in the story, and have a special meaning.

    The Best Thing About This Book:
    The best thing about Planning to Live is the positive message. You'll feel better about yourself and will appreciate your life more after reading this book. How many books can you honestly say that about?

    Appropriate for a younger audience:
    Yes

    Score:
    Characters: 5/5
    Plot: 5/5
    Setting/Imagery: 5/5
    Originality: 4/5
    Ending: 4/5
    Total Score: 23/25

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Wonderful read!

    This was a great book- one that i could completely relate too. I was so shocked by the ending i cried like i had just lost my best friend!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    First off, I feel like if you are going to rate any book, you sh

    First off, I feel like if you are going to rate any book, you should state why you are giving it the rating you are.  

    I am a huge fan of Heather Wardell.  I love that Heather expands her characters throughout her books, and really intertwines them!  
    Planning to Live is a phenomenal book.  You fall in love with the characters.  Not everything in life is all happily wrapped up in a nice package with a bow.  Heather really explores the depths of issues and that life isn't always a happy ending.  Although sad, it was a phenomenal book.  I highly recommend this!!

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Excellent story but I hated the ending which is why I only gave

    Excellent story but I hated the ending which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I think I told everyone who would listen about how great the story was but then the ending left me stunned, really hoped that things would turn out differently for the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Not sure?

    I loved the story but hated the ending i know it is supose to make it more real but i dont read to read real life i read for a happy story

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Further series adventure

    Having read previous books by this author, it has been an adventure to follow the intertwined characters.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    I'm honestly torn between loving and hating this book for the re

    I'm honestly torn between loving and hating this book for the reality of it. This was a fantastic read, making you look at your life. This book will sit with me for a very long time. It took a hold, and affected me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    ok read

    I did not care for this book. The main character is not happy with herself due to her weight problem and wants to change but has a major obstacle prevent that. I found the book too sad to be entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Wow

    Loved this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Disappointed

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Amazing

    My sister died recently and this is a book i wish id read before. It is an emotional read but the message is meaningful

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Wow! Really good, but so sad.

    I really loved.this book, becuase I felt such a kinship to the leading lady. However, I read mostly for the good feelings of a happy ending. I guess that is shallow of me. This book was great, but I cried like a baby too. So if you need a good cry, read this book. And dont take your life for granted, are you doing the best you can do?

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Good book

    I enjoyed the book but was so disappointed it the ending! SPOILER ALERT i guess im a happy ending type person and wanted her to live so she and andrew coukd be together :(

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Slow but captivating

    I have to admit that this book was definitely a slower read than other Wardell novels. The overall message of this novel is one that people nowadays could benefit from. The ending was so realistic and a tearjerker. I cannot help but admire Rhiannon and feel for the other characters. This is a book that Wardell fans should not overlook!

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    A good read!

    I've read this and "Life, Love..." by the same author. This book is by far my favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2011

    Good Read, Surprise ending

    I looked forward to reading this one since I've read her others and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed it tremendously and hope you do too.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    A Must Read!

    Wow. Loved everything about this book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Thought-provoking

    This was unlike her other books, as it made me take a look at how I plan my future but sometimes fail to live in the present. Very insightful and a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2011

    Emotional and Courageous with Quirky, Memorable Characters

    SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT After "Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tatoo," I completely CONSUMED every Heather Wardell book. This one took me completely by surprise. It was, as all her books are, very well-written, well-paced, and emotional with characters who are quirky enough to be interesting but realistic enough to be relatable. So many times, when I'm reading her books, I say to myself: "I know exactly how she feels!!" I admire Ms. Wardell's courage in NOT giving this book a happy ending - I absolutely did not expect Rhiannon to die in the car accident; I kept waiting for the cavalry to come around the corner, for her to finally reach her cell phone, or some other deus ex machina to appear. Kudos to Ms. Wardell for not flinching from the realistic ending - it packed such a huge emotional punch that I literally went, "Oh...no!" when I turned the page to the Meeting Minutes, and went back and forth to be sure that was the real ending!

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    A Great Read!!

    In the midst of crisis, Rhiannon maintains her composure and begins to write letters to those she loves and cares for. While doing this, she reminisces of past experiences and relationships, allowing the reader to know and love her just as she is. Planning to Live is the kind of story that truly made me reflect on my own life and is a wonderful example of someone focusing on what one can control, as opposed to focusing on the "why me?". Through the course of the evening, Rhiannon realizes and eventually embraces the notion that life is about appreciating the small things along the way and the value of relationships. There are some surprises along the way, but it is not a heavy read at all.

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