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A Million Reasons Why: A Novel (original 2021; edição 2021)

por Jessica Strawser (Autor)

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Título:A Million Reasons Why: A Novel
Autores:Jessica Strawser (Autor)
Informação:St. Martin's Press (2021), 368 pages
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With a family member somewhere in this horrible loop of kidney disease I really was fascinated with Strawser's efforts to present such a complicated subject in such a well-researched way. Very readable, almost a page turner! No easy answers in any of it but this was a particularly interesting way to present the subject in an unusual but informative way. ( )
  nyiper | Apr 18, 2021 |
Rip my heart out and throw it on the floor! When your superpower is your imagination, there are no boundaries, and nothing is impossible. This novel of family and loves, wants and needs, losses and discoveries, selfishness and forgiveness, will take you on a complex emotional journey. Told from two different points of view, you get what you believe is a complete picture of these lives, until Strawser flips this labyrinth on its side and leaves you with OMG!
The story is mesmerizing and complex while also holding onto simplicity. The writing is creative and seeped in ‘exploring the grey area’ of life with an undercurrent of love that’s unceasing. If you haven’t picked this book up yet, do it.
*I received an arc from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review ( )
  KimMcReads | Apr 9, 2021 |
As an only child, Caroline doesn't think much about it when her husband gifts both sides of the family with DNA kits for the previous Christmas. When she receives a notification from them months later, she and Walt dig in to see if there is an error. Told in alternating chapters, the arrival of Sela on the scene provides a very engrossing story of family secrets and relationships. Strawser takes up some interesting scientific/DNA issues as well and the twisty end was surprising to me. ( )
  ethel55 | Apr 8, 2021 |
As a huge fan of Strawser's book Almost Missed You, I was happy to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of A Million Reasons Why. This book is very different, but suspenseful and enjoyable in a different way. It is very thought-provoking, making the reader consider ethical issues. I find the subject of DNA testing and potentially surprising results intriguing. This book included some of the things I liked about Jodi Picoult's book, My Sister's Keeper, and Dani Shapiro's book, Inheritance. I thought the author did a great job bringing the characters and their relationships to life. I'm not sure how realistic the ending of the book is, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. I would have liked more information about how things evolved with Caroline's parents.

I think this book would make a great choice for book discussion groups; there's a lot that would be discussion-worthy. ( )
  Loried | Mar 23, 2021 |
Okay, wow. Just wow. Jessica Strawser has done it again. Written a book so full of characters and scenes and situations and complex, intricate, fast-moving plot that once you turn back the cover you can’t stop reading until you have finished this story. There are no murders, no car chases, no gunfights, but Caroline and Sela’s story is mesmerizing and action-packed. Just a few pages in and I remembered that this is an author who loves to surprise you, and who is very, very good at it. You know from the start that this DNA test – which was really just an offhand Christmas gift to the extended family from Caroline and her husband Walt, not really meant to be taken that seriously – is going to shake things up. Suddenly Caroline has a half-sister, Sela. Whoa. How could this have happened? What else doesn’t she know about her parents? Well, turns out what she doesn’t know is a lot. And they don’t really want to talk about it.

But Caroline feels a connection. She always wanted a sister, and now she can have one, right? So she replies to Sela’s email and it’s like pulling a loose thread on a sweater. Things start to unravel right before her eyes. She doesn’t tell her parents because they’ve distanced themselves. Her husband is skeptical. But when Caroline and Sela meet there is a bonding, and Caroline and Walt’s children love the new “auntie” in their lives.

Things are a little more complicated on Sela’s side of the sisterhood. What she hasn’t told Caroline is that she is suffering from irreversible kidney failure, her marriage has already irreversibly fallen apart, and the mother who was her everything has unexpectedly passed away. Sela’s ex-husband and her best friend pressured her to submit the DNA test in hopes of finding a family donor, but she’s not sure even if there is a match she will be able to make that Big Ask. But if she doesn’t, what will happen to her two-year-old son Brody when she’s gone?

Before she can think it through, her illness is discovered and a chain of events is started that is like a snowball gathering momentum. Finding out as a result of an innocent DNA test that you have a sister is a big deal. Finding out that this sister has kidney disease and may need you to be a donor is a bigger deal. And it doesn’t stop there. A Million Reasons Why is a story of revelations and realizations about family and relationships that you thought were all figured out. It’s a story of expectations and betrayals and grief. And if after all these secrets and surprises there is any room for forgiveness, for hope, for the future.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press via Goodreads and author Jessica Strawser for providing an advance copy of this masterfully written, expertly plotted, heart-wrenching look into the lives of Caroline and Sela and their families and a glimpse of what those waiting for donor kidneys must endure. A look at what might have been and wondering if what is now is really enough. Reading this book was an experience I won’t soon forget. All opinions are my own. I thoroughly enjoyed A Million Reasons Why and recommend it without hesitation. I cannot wait to see what Jessica Strawser comes up with next! ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Mar 14, 2021 |
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