Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes - Book Review

Rabbit Hayes is dying of cancer. In her last days, she's remembering a past love while also trying to stay in the present for her 12-year-old daughter.

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin isn't just told from Rabbit's point of view, though. There's here mom, Molly; her dad, Jack; her daughter, Juliet; her brother, Davey; her sister, Grace, her best friend, Majorie; and her past love, Johnny.

This is a story not about someone fighting a losing battle with cancer but about people trying to keep it together as they watch their family come apart. It's about the love between a mother and daughter, a brother and sister, an uncle and niece. It's about love that never dies.

As sad as the story may seem, there's plenty of laughter and humor. There are also plenty of characters, so sometimes it was difficult to keep track of who everybody was and just who was speaking when the dialogue involved multiple people. But I liked the way the story was told, and I liked the realistic family dynamics that played out, and I think you will, too. This is one of the books mentioned at the book club speed dating session I attended at Book Expo America, and after reading the book, I definitely think it would make a great book club pick!

The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes is published by St. Martin's Press and hits bookstore shelves on August 4, 2015. I received a free advance reader's copy for my honest review.

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