I just finished an amazing books. It was one of those books that I didn't want to end AND when I finished the last page I immediately wanted to lend it out to a friend so we could talk about it. It is that good! Life and Other Near-Death Experiences is a must read this fall! Here is the scoop....
Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.
With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?
From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.
My Thoughts: To be honest when I first cracked open this book I was bracing myself for a book that would leaving me feeling down the whole time. After, all the main character finds out she has cancer (a very aggressive kind) within the few first pages and her day only gets worse from there if you can imagine! However, this book had me laughing on MANY occasions. Camille Pagan has taken a heavy subject and turned a tale about "maybe" dying into one about really living.
Reading Libby's journey was at times painful but mostly it was with a chuckle and anticipation of what she would do next. I loved how she took control of her own life and destiny even though it certainly contradicted the person she had been her whole life. In addition to a great story line, Pagan has created a character in Libby who could be your best friend. She is witty and fun and dealing with the hand she has been dealt. You will want to jump into the pages with her and have a cocktail as she tries to navigate it all. The secondary characters were also so well developed and will make you both laugh and cry. I especially loved the relationship between Libby and her twin brother Paul as well as the touching friendship she made with her quirky beach landlord.
When the book was ending is when I became sad. Not because of the ending (I won't give it away!) but because it was over. This book is one of my favorites of the year and you NEED to read it so we can talk about it. Pick it up on Amazon and message me about what you thought. I know you will love it!
I loved this book so much that I am going to order Camille Pagan's previous novel, The Art of Forgetting and I can't wait to dive into that one as well. Pagan has earned a big fan with me!
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