Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows Lara to confront the past and discover that she is not alone in the world. With the support of her new friends, Lara gains the courage to love and embrace life. Like climbing the Eiffel Tower, the year Lara meets Jane is tough, painful, and totally worth it.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Hein is a mother, author, and cancer survivor. She grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Durham, North Carolina. She writes about the people who go unnoticed in life – the woman standing in line at the bank, the mousy gal in the last cubicle, the PTA mom. She wants you to care about these women and think twice before ignoring the people you meet each day. When not writing, she is trying to raise two young women and a husband.
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How to Climb the Eiffel Tower based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Elizabeth Heins has taken on quite a few tough subjects in one book. Blaine is a lonely person. She really has no friends after alienating herself from everyone after a rough upbringing. Then she collapses at the gym and is taken to the doctor only to find out there is something horribly wrong with her. She is all alone while dealing with so much. I was impressed by the finesse and understand Elizabeth had for dealing with such tough subjects. While this story starts out so sad and depressing it only goes up from there. Blaine was written in a way that made me feel sympathetic and understanding to why she ended up the way she has. She is an entirely realistic character that was easy to relate to. As she continues to struggle with her life and the decisions she has to make I could feel her grow stronger and more positive. I cried, laughed, and was woke up as to what should be important in life. The story in How to Climb the Eiffel Tower is realistic and touching. I will recommend this story to readers looking to have their heart touched and their eyes opened.
I love how this book covers two themes: the fear that goes into the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and the long-lasting scars left by adverse childhood events. The author seamlessly weaves the two, so not only does the reader experience a first-hand account of the protagonist's cancer journey, we also get to see her finally face her childhood demons. Up until her cancer diagnosis, Lara Blaine has walled herself off from others as a way to survive her childhood trauma, but once she becomes ill, she finds the me-against-the-world approach no longer possible. The cast of characters who join her on her journey are every bit as memorable as Lara. A well-written, enjoyable read with depth and heart.
This is one of those books you find yourself thinking about long after you've finished reading it. I have fallen in love with this novel and its characters. The friendship between Jane and Lara is one for the ages. We all need friends like these. And thanks to Hein's genuine writing style, we have them. The subject matter of this novel had the potential to create a dark book, but Hein uses humor, snark, and little prickliness to poke holes in the darkness and flood her readers with light. This novel stands tall in its beauty, authenticity, and wisdom.