Author: Amanda Maxlyn
Genre: Contemporary, Coming of Age, Romance
Publish Date: December 13, 2013
Publisher: Bandit Publishing
Length: 329 pages
Format: paperback, ebook
Life works in mysterious ways. Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer. I refuse to cry. And I refuse to give in. A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile. But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him. What if it changes everything? Tragedy found me when I was seventeen. Love found me when I was twenty-one. My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey.
My Review: To start things off: a box of tissues must be placed next to you before you read this book. I pretty much never cry at books or movies, but this book had the tears flowing during numerous parts. Aundrea has cancer, but she does not want to live her life as if she is ill. That is what made me admire Aundrea. I liked that she wanted to go on with her life as if nothing changed.
During a night out with her friends Aundrea meets Parker who at first seems like a one night stand, however he is thrown back into her life. Parker is an amazing guy who is a very realistic character. I think he reacted perfectly to events in the story, especially when he finds out about Aundrea having cancer, a fact that she had been hiding from him.
I loved the relationship between Aundrea and Parker. I liked how Aundrea attempted to not get serious with Parker for obvious reasons, while Parker did everything in his power to get Aundrea to admit her feelings for him. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. I was happy and excited during the date scenes with Aundrea and Parker. Then I was miserable and crying during the hospital scenes.
This novel encompasses the journey that Aundrea travels through her treatments and the ups and downs of her relationship. We get to see how her friends and family handle developments in her treatment. Overall, I think everyone had very realistic reactions and feelings. Aundrea's side effects, symptoms, and moods are all very well detailed and provide an in depth look into a cancer patient's life.
I did not like the epilogue whatsoever. But not because of any literary reasons. It wasn't because it was poorly written, unnecessary, or that it didn't connect with the rest of the novel. I didn't like it because it was mean. It was just down right mean and hurtful and it made me cry and I can't say anything about it without giving any spoilers so you'll just have to read it for yourselves.
I give What's Left of Me 5 stakes because it was one of, if not the most, emotional books that I have read all year. I love Aundrea and Parker and I think this novel was beautifully written. I think it captured emotions that some film makers wish they could produce. All of the characters felt well developed and I cared about all of them. I now know that I have to look for other books written by this author.
About Amanda:I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and family. Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AmandaMaxlynAuthor Website - http://amandamaxlyn.com/ Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7264050.Amanda_Maxlyn Twitter - https://twitter.com/AmandaMaxlyn Instagram - http://instagram.com/amandamaxlyn
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