Ready for Whatever

Ready for Whatever

by Kathryn R. Biel

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"Look on the bright side, Millie. At least you don't have cancer."

Testing positive for the BRCA gene only means one thing: Millie Dwyer is almost certain to develop cancer at a young age. After losing her grandmother and mother to the dreaded disease, Millie's always feared a similar fate. But now the twenty-nine-year-old has technological advancements on her side, including radical surgeries, that can save her from ever having to deal with the Big C... but at quite a cost.

Now Millie has to come to terms with a new normal—new breasts, missing ovaries, hot flashes, insensitive friends, and, worst of all, the knowledge that she'll never have biological children. One thing's for certain—she's never planned on trying to navigate the dating scene with all this on her plate ... but on the road from loss to love, Millie finds that laughter certainly is the best medicine.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161201527
Publisher: Kathryn R. Biel
Publication date: 04/18/2019
Series: The UnBRCAble Women Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 275,322
File size: 405 KB

About the Author

Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn R. Biel hails from Upstate New York where her most important role is being mom and wife to an incredibly understanding family who don't mind fetching coffee and living in a dusty house. In addition to being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage insurance companies to fund her client's needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Kathryn is the author of twelve women's fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary romance, and chick lit works, including the award-winning books, Live for This and Made for Me. Please follow Kathryn on her website, and sign up for her newsletter at
Stand Alone Books:
Good Intentions
Hold Her Down
I'm Still Here
Jump, Jive, and Wail
Killing Me Softly
Live for This
Once in a Lifetime
Paradise by the Dashboard Light

A New Beginnings Series:
Completions and Connections: A New Beginnings Novella
Made for Me
New Attitude
Queen of Hearts

The UnBRCAble Women Series:
Ready for Whatever

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Ready for Whatever 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Millie is a charming, funny schoolteacher with "you'll probably die young of cancer, like your mom and grandmother," coded into her genes. It changes a LOT of how you look at life, and the decisions you make. Because you KNOW you'll die young, you might settle for crappy boyfriends, or make other life-changing decisions, some good, some not so good. Ask me how I know (I'm a breast cancer orphan, AND a breast cancer sur-thriver). I'm also acquainted with the author via social media and received a free copy of this work through Netgalley. The book deftly thread the needle between honesty about the complications, physical and emotional, from reproductive cancer treatment, while managing to be funny AND to have a realistic romantic element with a hot guy in it, too. So, fun, heartfelt, and informative, all in one. If you're a breast cancer sur-thriver, or previvor, or love someone who is, you may enjoy this book.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite Not enough is discussed about the struggle, pain, and heartbreak of a previvor. Kathryn R. Biel has changed this in Ready for Whatever: The UnBRCAble Women Series Book 1. Since Millie's mother and grandmother both died of cancer, her doctor decided to schedule a routine checkup to see how Millie's body was doing. This was supposed to be just a cautionary checkup; however, her report revealed that she had BRCA -1 gene mutation. This diagnosis meant that she would have an 80% chance of developing breast cancer and up to a 70% chance of getting ovarian cancer. Keeping that in mind, the doctor recommended she go through a hysterectomy, mastectomy, and reconstruction. These medical terms, in short, meant that she would lose her real breasts and her ability to conceive. As she was only 29 years old, this news really turned Millie's world upside down. She turned to the support of her best friend, Lisa, who kept cracking jokes on her situation. These comments infuriated her, but she chose not to express her feelings. When the father of one of her students, Sterling, approached her with no judgment and offered any help that she might need, she couldn't help but be attracted to him. Although he seemed like the perfect guy, how could she open herself up after the loss that these surgeries entailed? Ready for Whatever talks about a very sensitive issue in a light tone that enhances the reading experience. One would expect the tone of such a book to be sad, but the author has surprised her readers by keeping Millie's dialogues full of wit and humor. This is not to say that she has depreciated the whole situation; on the contrary, she has revealed all the traumatic and hard facts that a person in this situation goes through. Lisa is Millie's best friend, yet she fails to be considerate towards her friend's needs. Instead of offering a shoulder to Millie, she was a real jerk about it. The execution of the story is perfect. The plot moves at a steady speed towards the end. The perfect audience for Ready for Whatever would consist of previvors, their families, and people who wish to know about the emotional rollercoaster that previvors go through. I am eternally grateful to the author for helping me learn more about the ways I can help a previvor.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy Young for Readers' Favorite Millie has a decision to make. At the age of 29, she must choose how her future unfolds. She lost her mother and grandmother to a terrible disease and has always known there was a high chance of contracting it herself. Medical intervention can change all that, but it comes at a life-changing cost. Ready for Whatever (The UnBRCAble Women Series Book 1) by Kathryn R. Biel is a heart-wrenching tale of a modern woman who has difficult times ahead of her. Millie must deal not only with the surgery and recovery but how it affects the people around her. Will she leave them behind as she becomes more dependant on her support group, or will she find a way to move forward and create a new life. Her emotions are thrown into even greater turmoil by Spencer, the hot British dad who is the total opposite of the losers she has dated previously - but will he also be pushed away by Millie and her inner demons. This is a great book about a devastating subject. I love chick lit but I think that Ready for Whatever transcends the genre. This is chick lit with soul. Kathryn R. Biel has created an emotional bomb with Millie as her ground zero. Once the bomb explodes, the story not only focuses on the immediate damage to Millie but also how the shrapnel affects her circle of friends and family. Her best friend is unable to cope with the new Millie and her father is also deeply affected by the past and how it impacts on his daughter. This emotional bomb also affects the reader and I found myself howling with laughter and crying with sorrow at multiple points in the book. If you read this novel and are not profoundly affected by it, I suggest you book a surgery yourself as you need a heart! I am really looking forward to reading more books in The UnBRCAble Women Series. Yay for chick lit with soul.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite When Millie gets called back the gynecologist, she just figures there is a glitch in the test from her last appointment. It happens all the time. Her annual examination had gone well. She assured her best friend, Lisa, that it was no big deal. That she needn’t come with her when there was so much packing to do for her upcoming cruise. But then Dr. Tremarchi pre-empts the bad news with what he must believe to be the positive perspective: "Look on the bright side, Millicent; at least you don't have cancer." The diagnosis: BRCA-1 Mutation. With Millie’s health history, she was not surprised to learn that she was pre-destined to die like her mother and her grandmother had. She just believed there would be more time. As the shock begins to wear off, Millie does the only thing she can think of doing. A double mastectomy and complete hysterectomy before her thirtieth birthday should guard against any possibility of cancer. With the unexpected support of a student’s “Hot British Dad” and a compassionate group of Previvors, Millie is able to conquer the horrors of living with her noncancerous condition. Ready for Whatever: The UnBRCAble Women Series, #1 by Kathryn R. Biel is a fast-paced, fun read about the frightening reality of breast cancer. Author Kathryn Biel has obviously researched her subject well in order to confidently and convincingly address it with appropriate humor and a realistic narrative. The idea of cancer “previvors” is not a new topic, but also one not often publicly addressed. The preventive measures taken by the main character brings awareness to a situation most recently publicized by such well-known personalities as Angelina Jolie. I applaud Kathryn R. Biel and am anxious to read more of her compelling fiction.