A Place In This Life

A Place In This Life

by Ms Julie Rieman Duck

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ISBN-13: 9781475081077
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Clemente, California, Julie Rieman Duck wrote her way through school on an old-fashioned typewriter. Somewhere along the line, she was sidetracked by careers in magazine publishing and copywriting. While Julie honed her skills at writing print ads and articles, the stories that moved her heart and soul were bubbling underneath, waiting to escape.

It took a medical scare and the loss of her job - on the same day and within 30 minutes of each other - to finally allow her stories to free themselves and be put to paper.

Julie looks forward to writing more stories that hit where the heart beats fastest, and the soul reaches out for more.

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A Place In This Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that when you finish you kind of just sit there and wallow in how loaded the story actually was. I was completely satisfied when I finished but I was still doing the whole "jaw-dropping-wow-that-book-was-moving" emotion as well. A Place In This Life is not light by any means. It will pull at every single one of your heart strings. It's completely moving, emotional, and extremely raw. We start with Natalie Miller, and her normal family vacation. She expects it to be boring, but then she meets Todd. And he's not like anyone she's ever met. He's outspoken, good looking in a non-conventional way, a complete bad boy, and well he has leukemia. As her emotional relationship grows with Todd, so does their physical relationship, but cancer doesn't stop for anyone. Then she meets her locker-mate Alex. Alex is gorgeous, and sweet, and obviously into her. With two completely opposite boys, cancer, and emotions running haywire Natalie will have to make a choice and be strong enough to stick with it. I knew right from the synopsis that this book was going to be an emotion drainer. I knew that my heart might potentially break. But, oddly enough, those feelings are what make me love a book. Each of these characters gets put into such a dark place at times. To watch them all struggle and learn and grow is magic in itself. Especially Natalie. She's one of those protagonists who start somewhere in the beginning of the book and end somewhere completely different at the end, but in a strong I-was-so-proud-of-her way. There's so many touchy topics that Julie has put into this book in such an exquisite way. She weaved things like first loves, sex, cancer, family problems, and so many more in such a way that has you pulling yourself chapter after chapter to know what will happen next. Also, I have to admit the book didn't end exactly that way I expected it to and that always pleasantly surprises me in the best ways. Granted, my heart was slightly broken and my emotions where shattered all over the place but I truly enjoyed this story. A Place In This Life is a truly eye-opening and emotional roller coaster of a story. One that will definitely stick with me. Side Note - There's two quotes that I absolutely fell in love with and I'm not quite sure why. But after I read them, I knew what was coming and the words just seemed to have so much wisdom in them. It just stuck with me. "When I was in high school I saw two boys at once and it got pretty complicated." Now my eyebrow was up. "Really? How'd it work out?" "One broke my heart... and the other is your father," she said with a smile. and "You are, right now, the most interesting person in my world, and just about the only one who gives a damn about how I feel. I want to be close to you, as close as I can get, because life is worth living when you have someone to life for."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly amazing. I have never felt such sorrow for characters. It was a life changing book to read. And a harsh reality check.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great story :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 1 day. I just loved it. I just wish Todd would have left a letter for Natty at the end.
HollyD24 More than 1 year ago
It was nice to read something for a change that made me feel what the character was going through. Natalie is a real teenager and she's got real problems with Todd, her boyfriend with leukemia. I would definitely recommend this book if you want a teen love story that's on the edge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. Simple as that. Im super surprized it was only 99¿!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great summer read. I read it last year and it stayed with me all this time
baby11696 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It had me going through so many emotions. Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love story that made me cry ... a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The font was really weird, when I opened the book the words went off of the screen I had to adjust everything just to read the book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a breathtaking book that really makes you think about how good of a life you may have. It makes you think, am i really living my life? If not, then whats holding you back? Its is over all a really great story about teenage life, love, choices, and living life to the fullest. I would definetly recommend
Stella_rules More than 1 year ago
really good!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was so sad when it ended! its a real tear jerker so make sure you have so tissues on hand!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and ..... i just cant stop crying. This book just as so many elements to it that makes it one of the best books i have ever read. Just read it. It makes you just want to be the best person you can possibly be. It has everything you could possibly want in a novel and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know why I couldn't get into this book like everyone else. I tried (quite a few times) but the book just didn't draw me in.
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I thought it was very rushed. Its like one moment, Natalie was cimplaining about going on vacation, then five minutes later, she is head over heals in love with Tod and talking ablot getting married. Then, out of nowhere, Todd gets sick again, dumps her, then kills himself. Now, all of the sudden, Natalie loves Alex and is going to nursing school. It was a good book, really. I just thought it was a little un realistic and too fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if anyone else has this problem but the words are cut off for me. So it's annoying to try to read this and figure out what's being said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does this book have happy ending?