Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Book Review: Megan's Way

Title:  Megan's Way
Author:  Melissa Foster
Publication Year:  2009

Description from Goodreads.com:
What would you give up for the people you love?

When Megan Taylor, a single mother and artist, receives the shocking news that her cancer has returned, she'll be faced with the most difficult decision she's ever had to make. She'll endure an emotional journey, questioning her own moral and ethical values, and the decisions she'd made long ago. The love she has for her daughter, Olivia, and her closest friends, will be stretched and frayed.

Meanwhile, fourteen-year-old Olivia's world is falling apart right before her eyes, and there's nothing she can do about it. She finds herself acting in ways she cannot even begin to understand. When her internal struggles turn to dangerous behavior, her life will hang in the balance.

Megan's closest friends are caught in a tangled web of deceit. Each must figure out how, and if, they can expose their secrets, or forever be haunted by their pasts.

I Gave It:  3 Stars 

Megan’s Way started off with an intriguing scene at a carnival; it was a believable introduction with all the sights and smells of a carnival and an ominous visit to the tent we are all inexplicably drawn to:  the psychic card-reader.  The intrigue continues through the first quarter of the book and then it just kind of fizzles away throughout the remainder of the book.  The overall plot was a journey of twists and turns, heartaches and few resolutions.  There was one particular twist that left me rather disappointed.  It added an element of flakiness that I couldn’t appreciate.  I wish that the author had made room for more character development.  I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to.  They were a neat group of people but they didn’t really have much depth and they each had way too many issues for one book.  For example, Megan and her daughter, Olivia, are supposed to have this wonderful relationship but it does not come through at all except in this talked-about way.  It is not shown at all.  Megan’s actions were not very believable considering her stage in life.  That’s not to say I didn’t cry a lot – Megan’s journey with end-stages of cancer and her daughter Olivia’s sense of loss are hard to read through dry-eyed.

This book has won awards and the making of its film is underway so I was really excited to read it but it didn't live up to the hype for me.

Overall, if you’re looking for something to read that you won’t be too invested in it’s a pretty quick read – but keep those tissues handy!              


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