The Book of Us by Andrea Michael

ebook, 349 pages
Expected publication: March 6th 2020 by One More Chapter, HarperCollins
About the Book:
She had to be able to look back at this as a time that was sacred, magical. There would be pain enough later. Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d go after they finished university. But then one night changed everything. Seven years later, Loll receives a letter from her old friend. The coming year will be the year they both turn 30, but Loll might be making it to 30 alone. Cass has cancer. She wants to know if Loll still has The Big Book as her dying wish is to do everything they had planned. Little does Loll know that there is one big difference: Veronica, Cass’s six-year-old daughter, will be coming with them. Time is ticking for Cass, who is desperate to make lasting memories for her young daughter and ensure that she’s leaving her in good hands. But how do you say goodbye to those you love most in the world?

Sometimes, there is such a thing as a perfect day. You can taste it in the air, a sweetness on the breeze that tells you everything is going to go your way. You might play the lottery, ask that special person out for a drink. You might simply do the same walk you do every day of the year, but notice a flower you’ve never seen before, or the smile of an old man waiting for the bus. You feel grateful to be alive.

This book is sad, poignant, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings. You will laugh, gasp, cry and even get mad. So many mixed emotions, at different times, while you read this book. This book draws you in at the first chapter and keeps you entertained and hooked the whole way to the end. Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama and struggles of everyday life that most families go through at one point or another. This book, in two words, simply amazing.

The only thing left to do is stop being so afraid to live. Because I promise you, dying is scarier.

The Book of Us is a moving and tragic story about life, love and loss. I was captivated right from the start and even now that I have finished, I know that this story is going to stay with me for a while. Sometimes you just know a book is going to be great right from the start. This is one of those times. The Book of Us is one of the best books I have read so far this year. A definite keeper and a must read. I implore you to pick up a copy as you will not be disappointed. Make sure you have some tissues handy, as you will surely cry at least once or twice.

Thank you NetGalley, Andrea Michael, HarperCollins and One More Chapter for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.



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