The Memory Book by Lara Avery

Cassie must face the fact that her memory is going to be stolen from her by a disease and she must fight back the only way she knows how with a memory book.  She writes it to her future self and in it she lists everything from locations of important things like her study guides to debate stories about her best friend, to dating her long term crush and how much she misses her child hood friend Cooper.  Cassie has always had a plan and this time is no different, this time she must remember, she must keep her grades up, she must prove to her doctors and her parents that she can handle college, and she must remember her life.  A touching story of the things in life that catch us by surprise and how we face them.

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark April 5th

Frances and Stella are the kind of friends who challenge each other and make each other better, and they are always honest with each other so at Stella’s insistence Frances agrees to do a week long charity bike ride with Stella and go to prom, but when the world goes sideways as Frances is trying on prom gowns neither girl will ever be the same.  Frances must find something to do and some way of keeping the hopes and dreams she and Stella had going and when she finds a list of challenges for the bike ride on Stella’s desk she knows she has to do them like it or not.  There are easy things on the list like swimming in a biking outfit and a wearing a swimsuit for one days ride and then there are harder things like that amusement park ride that has always terrified Frances.  Can Frances really do this?  Frances will learn many things about herself and about her biking teammates during a week of self discovery that will benefit others but teach Frances and her fellow riders about themselves as well.  I loved the dynamic between Frances and Stella and I love Frances for doing this ride despite how hard it is for her and how out of place she feels.  I admire her spunk and grit, but even that isn’t enough to get her to the finish line, it will take being honest with her team mates and a shared goal to get them all across the finish line and into their future.  A warm and touching read about growing up in many ways, yet still being innocent and open to the things life presents to you.

Be Frank With Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson

When reclusive but much loved writer M.M. (Mimi) Banning calls her agent to announce she has a manuscript in the works her loyal and faithful agent sends his assistant Alice to help her with “whatever she needs.” Alice assumes this will be help with the manuscript itself ,but she ends up being maid, chef, chauffeur and babysitter to Frank Mimi’s nine year old son. Frank loves classic movies and music and loves to dress in outfits similar to those of his movie star heroes. As you might suspect this opens up Frank to much teasing and many rough days at school. Alice does her best to respect Frank’s rules and over time she becomes truly fond of him. Alice and Frank face many curve balls on their adventures, but the always find a way to come up swinging. Frank left an empty space in my world when I finished the last page and I loved sharing his adventures good and bad. A great read.

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers Out September 2nd

Fans of Randy Susan Meyers and new readers alike will be thrilled with this book.  A touchingly woven story about a family who falls apart and then must find a way to be a family again even if they are a different family from the kind they were before.  Ben is a lawyer with a hectic work week and a high stress level, his wife Maddy is a social worker with a high stress level of her own and between them they juggle their three children Emma, Gracie and Caleb.  When a tragedy strikes and Maddy ends up being a much different woman than she was before Ben must deal with his own guilt and help her find a way to rebuild with him instead of without him not only for their children but because they need each other in ways they never realized until their life changed.

 

 

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Now I See You Nichole Kear Out June 24th

I really enjoyed this book.  I found Nichole’s narrative touching and funny and honest to a fault.  Nichole is  diagnosed with n college and she slowly changes the way she lives her life as the disease evolves.  It does not stop her in the least from finding love and happiness and having a full life, not one bit, I was silently cheering her on as she tackled foreign travel and parenting which terrifies her since she is afraid of her illness limiting her parenting skills and putting her children in harms way.  As someone who does not have the greatest vision in the world I could identify with her fears on some level.  I found this story uplifting and heatwarming even with it’s heavier moments.  A great read.

 

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