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Elizabeth Berg has penned an unforgettable tale about second chances that tugs hard at the heart strings even as it soothes the soul. Never Change tells the bittersweet story of Myra Lipinsky, a 51-year-old home care nurse and self-acclaimed spinster who finds herself assigned to care for the golden boy she secretly worshipped back in high school. Only Chip Reardon isn't qElizabeth Berg has penned an unforgettable tale about second chances that tugs hard at the heart strings even as it soothes the soul. Never Change tells the bittersweet story of Myra Lipinsky, a 51-year-old home care nurse and self-acclaimed spinster who finds herself assigned to care for the golden boy she secretly worshipped back in high school. Only Chip Reardon isn't quite so golden these days -- he's dying from a highly virulent type of brain tumor.For Myra, the chance to care for Chip fills her with both pleasure and anxiety, particularly when she realizes that she still has strong feelings for him. At first their reunion is marked by fun, joy, and memories. But then reality kicks in when Chip's old girlfriend, Diann, shows up, and Myra once again finds herself feeling like the fifth wheel she was back in high school. Yet despite slipping into their old roles, the three quickly discover that they have all changed. For Myra, this leads to a bittersweet irony as she finds herself in a loving relationship for the first time in her life -- only to have it be with a man whose days are drastically numbered....

Title : Never Change
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Never Change Reviews

  • Kellie
    2018-11-19 18:11

    I put 3 authors in the same echelon, Tyler, Shreeve and Berg. I think, Berg is my favorite. I have read several of her books and the thing I recall the most about her books is her words. I have written down several of her quotes from the various books I have read. She has a way of putting into words things you have thought but couldn’t really find the words to say. I felt a personal pull to this book since my mother is a nurse and I could never understand why she enjoyed her job so much. This book shed some light. It isn’t just a job. It’s the people. Berg created a great character for this book, as well. Myra isn’t necessarily that pretty on the outside. Therefore, she doesn’t attract the people she longed for. However, once you had the privilege to meet her, you recognized the incredible beauty inside. I think Myra realized this about herself at the end of the book. At least, if she didn’t, she was on her way. Another Berg book that has left an impression on me.

  • Laurel-Rain
    2018-11-09 14:55

    You know people like me. I'm the one who sat in a folding chair out in the hall selling tickets to the prom but never going, the one everybody liked but no one wanted to be with. A self-anointed spinster at fifty-one, Myra Lipinsky has endured the isolation of her middle life by doting on her dog, Frank, and immersing herself in her career as a visiting nurse. Myra considers herself reasonably content, telling herself, It's enough, work and Frank. And it has been enough -- until Chip Reardon, the too-good-to-be-true golden boy she adored from afar, is assigned to be her new patient. Choosing to forgo invasive treatment for an incurable illness, Chip has returned from Manhattan to the New England home of his childhood to spend what time he has left. Now, Myra and Chip find themselves engaged in a poignant redefinition of roles, and a complicated dance of memory, ambivalence, and longing.My Thoughts: From the very first page of Never Change, the author captured the characters by revealing the small and ordinary details of their lives, and showing us how Myra, the protagonist, fit into their worlds and connected with each of them.For a woman who grew up feeling alone and unlovable, Myra had certainly developed that unique skill that endeared her to those she cared for in her role as a visiting nurse.I loved how she bent the rules, bringing her patients into her life, doing little extra things for them, and nurturing them in ways that each of them needed most.Her growing connection to Chip, the man who was that high school golden boy, the one she loved from afar, grew into a sweet and loving story that could probably happen only in these circumstances: a man dying and the woman who nurses him to the end becoming the center of his universe.What Myra learns about herself, her capacity to love and be loved, was poetic and beautiful. I was rooting for both Chip and Myra, even though there was bound to be sadness along the way. Would Myra find a way to move on and redefine who she was in the world? Could the gifts she received from Chip help her on that journey? A beautiful story that earned 5 stars.

  • Carolyn Agosta
    2018-11-03 19:54

    I bought this book with no prior knowledge of the story line - I just knew it was by Elizabeth Berg, so certainly it would be worth reading. What I did not know was that it deals with death and dying, the progress of illness and its effects on the caregiver, the question of what we do with our life to make it meaningful to ourselves, and the way love can come up to us when we don't expect it. When I began reading, and realized the storyline included a man who was in the final weeks of his life, I almost stopped reading because my brother is in that same place. I thought I wouldn't be able to take it. My brother is experiencing so many of the same symptoms as Chip. I'm glad, though, that I finished the book while I still have some time with my brother. So again, my heart is lifted by Elizabeth Berg's writing. This is a truly beautiful book, one of her best, meaningful on so many levels. I can only say please, Ms. Berg, never change.

  • Book Concierge
    2018-11-16 21:11

    Myra Lipinski has spent her life looking out at everyone else living their lives. Working as a visiting nurse, she cares with tender efficiency for patients who need the kind of nursing care she can provide. She also feels genuine affection for them, bolsters their spirits and helps them outside of her official duties. But she has to remain professionally detached. Fortunately this comes easy for her. At fifty-one, she knows she will always live alone – except for her dog Frank. After all, she’s always been unattractive – the girl who sits outside the school cafeteria selling prom tickets, but never attends the dance. But her assumptions are tested when her old high school crush, Chip Reardon, returns to town. He is dying and he needs a nurse. What I love about Berg’s novels is that she gives us something to think about, but also lets the reader feel with the characters. I felt Myra’s loneliness, exhilaration, peace, fear, anger, and pride. I found myself thinking about what constitutes quality of life, why certain people are attracted to one another, or how a chance encounter can really change the course of one’s life. I like that Berg’s characters are – for the most part – fully fleshed out. Even minor characters show both strengths and weaknesses. Pay attention to the prologue, and after you finish the epilogue go back and re-read the prologue. I love how Berg bookends Myra’s story with these two sections, calling attention to the wonder of normal everyday things.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-22 19:56

    I have read several books by Elizabeth Berg and always find that she tells a good story. My biggest concern with this book were the many many many boundaries that the main character Myra broke working as a home health nurse. This book focuses on Myra caring for a former high school classmate when he returns home with a terminal cancer. Some of the boundary issues included: telling her patients her personal struggles, socializing with patients, moving a patient into her home, and having a sexual relationship with a patient. Maybe I read too much into this book but I found the boundaries that were broken disturbing. As a professional in the health care field the boundary issues made this story unrealistic and difficult to read.

  • Swanbender2001
    2018-11-01 19:57

    What a mixture of emotions I felt as this story ended. My heart broke and was uplifted at the same time. Berg translates the indescribable lessons one receives when attending the death of a loved one. So much sadness and letting go but such an uplifting experience and I really believe one that can’t easily be described or understood unless you go through it with your eyes and heart wide open. An amazing connection. The only part of this story that was left underdeveloped for me was the relationship and the letting go between Chip and his mother. I couldn’t reconcile her type of personality with the quietness she allowed Chip to move on with his life decisions and death wish. She too easily gave him away to another, this was unbelievable and a thing I don’t think I could have done. Maybe the truth is I never saw her as a big enough person to allow herself to let go.

  • Karyl
    2018-10-20 19:12

    This novel is a very poignant look at the end of someone's life, and how he or she can choose to die with dignity. It also shows us that we should never take our lives for granted, no matter how empty and pointless we think they are, because we always mean something to someone. I really enjoyed how Berg reassured her readers that dying isn't something of which to be scared, that making that transition is really a beautiful and meaningful thing.The only thing that drew this story down a bit for me is the protagonist's insistence that she was ignored and overlooked throughout her life just based on her looks. As someone neither beautiful nor thin, I have a hard time with using that as an excuse for feeling unlovable.

  • Brenda Sorrels
    2018-11-18 17:06

    This is my second Elizabeth Berg novel and while I didn't like it as much as Open House, I liked it enough to give it four stars and to recommend it. There is something alluring about her writing, and I think it is that she does dialogue so well. When I read a conversation that Berg has written, I feel as if I'm listening to real people. The conversations have clear beginnings, middles and endings, unlike a lot of dialogue in fiction that tends to be more fragmented or just pieces of conversation. Berg's technique allows you to get inside the characters heads and know them better. These are not big action books, but more interior. In Never Change, set in the Boston suburbs, a high school wallflower, Myra, now a visiting nurse ends up with the popular jock, Chip Reardon, as her patient. As she cares for him in the final stages of his brain tumor, he and his ex-girlfriend, Diann end up moving in with Myra and the three of them work through their issues. Myra's overwhelming low self-esteem, Chip's inability to ever make a lasting connection with a woman, and Diann's well-meaning, but inadequate efforts to be with Chip and see him through to the end. Interwoven are Myra's somewhat stereo-typical patients, the elderly Jewish couple, the black drug dealer, the rich, lonely lady in Back Bay, etc. Since Elizabeth Berg was once herself a nurse, there is a lot of insight into caring for sick people. I don't want to spoil the ending, but it was a little far-fetched for me. Reading both of these books, I felt as if I were on a slow boat. I never wanted to jump up and peer over the railings,(to see what was going to happen next,) but I was content to sit with the story and enjoy the ride.

  • Anna
    2018-10-30 16:10

    Myra Lipinski is a middle aged home health nurse. She lives alone with her dog, Frank. She is reasonably satisfied with her life, but has never really put herself out there. When she is asked to be the nurse for Chip Reardon, her high school crush, old feelings resurface. Chip has a brain tumor and wants no more drastic treatment. It up to Myra to offer him comfort and guide him through the difficulties to come. While I enjoyed the book, I had mixed feelings about it. Myra's musings were often wistful and inspiring. I liked the tribute to nurses and the compassion they exhibit to all patients. But at times I found Myra's"Pollyanna" personality annoying. Myra was the mousy wallflower in high school, but she never, as an adult strived to blossom. She was too much a stereotype, blaming her looks for her failure in relationships. I also had some trouble with some of the decisions made by Chip and Myra. But the book is worth reading for the moments that are touching, poignant and humorous.Really 3.5 stars

  • Becky
    2018-11-16 21:01

    I really love Elizabeth Berg.I really connected to this character - I like that Berg writes characters that are like REAL people, like someone you might even know. Maybe even yourself! Myra, the main character, never connected with people because she was afraid that she'd be rejected, so she just never really tried - and now, later in life, she's slowly realizing that what you've always thought isn't always what the reality is. I loved her dawning awareness of herself and how people view her, and realizing that it's not a bad thing! I loved her patients, all the quirks they had and the vastly different personalities and places in life; I loved Myra's dog, Frank - Berg just pieced together a great little story. It's nothing long, nothing earth-shattering, but enjoyable, well-written, with lovely, imaginative characters. Another winner for me!

  • Sarah
    2018-11-10 23:06

    I'm sending this one back to the library. I just couldn't connect with the main character, a woman who's still "in love" with some random popular boy from high school, despite the fact that she's now in her 40s. It would be one thing if she was presented in a slightly pathetic light so that the reader could pity her and maybe come to empathize a bit with regard to the weird and silly things we all secretly cling to, but no, she just came across as a confusing and unbelievable character.

  • Judy Collins
    2018-11-06 14:58

    I love Elizabeth Berg's writing style!A master storyteller, her imagery is so vivid with innermost thoughts raw and emotional (and so funny)! Her characters come alive and their voices so authentic. Finding love, meaning, and second chances in the most unlikely of places.NEVER CHANGEis about life, love, and loss. Myra is 51 yrs. old. Single, and a visiting nurse who lives alone with her dog Frank.When the boy from her past, Chip is now a patient with a brain tumor, this may be her chance to spend time with him. A guy that never would have given her a second look previously. However, in the midst of tragedy, they may learn something from one another. Words of wisdomand the true meaning of friendship (and a little romance). I loved the mix of different personalities, (loved DeWitt) with much wit and humor to balance the sadness. Heartbreaking. Connecting with the past and letting go. Poignant, bittersweet, and thought-provoking.You will laugh and cry at the same time. Catching up with some of Berg's older audiobooks I missed along the way—especially the ones with Elizabeth performing. For fans of Fredrik Backman. Be sure and add The Story of Arthur Truluv, to your TBR list, coming Nov 21, 2017 (5 Stars)! On myTop 20 Books Coming Nov.JDCMustReadBooks

  • Craftnut -
    2018-10-31 15:13

    In some ways this was a difficult book to read, dealing with serious issues about dying and loneliness. It is disturbing that a home care nurse would cross the line between personal and professional, but in a way that was the point. Her personal issues cloud her judgement. Her loneliness makes her reach out for personal attachments in inappropriate ways. Also a nurse, I found some of the ethical medical issues in the book unrealistic. I cannot imagine taking one patient to another patient's home, especially when the second patient is a drug dealer. However, it is a necessary plot point which becomes clear later. Overall, this was a thought provoking novel, with a lesson on reaching out and making connections.

  • Donna
    2018-10-31 18:56

    Truly enjoyed this book (written by a former nurse)...I like Myra, and would love to know her better.Home-healthcare nurse that treats her patients with such dignity...they are her "family." Premise is a little fangled--old h.s. dying heartthrob comes back into a nurse's life as a client. Take it from there...It is the lessons Nurse Myra teaches via living that touch me.p. 103 "I turn on the radio; tune it to the classical station. Did they dream the music they wrote, those composers? Did they rise up in the morning full of something that made them feel right at the center, then write out the notes and feel the slow release? And when they played it for the people they loved, did those people really hear it? I wonder sometimes about the nature of relationships, if anything that was once perfect in them is ever sustained. Every time I go to a restaurant alone, I feel a little sorry for myself until I see so many couples staring past each other, seemingly so without. Why enter into anything, when you end up scraping the bottom so soon? And yet the alternative makes for such sad echoes off the canyon walls of self, I know that."p.130 A nursing home resident..."For meals, I sit at the same table with the same people every day. There’s one woman, Catherine, she's ninety-three, and I can go and have a cup of coffee with her--you know. But there's another woman with Alzheimer's and I've seen it progress so fast over the last year. I...well, I feed her, now. I mean, I literally feed her. It's so sad, I go and get something to cover her up, and then I just sit there with the spoon...I know the staff would feed her, but they're not very careful. I think she deserves more than that." (DC note: I'm a bit sensitive with my mom's dementia right now, so this struck me.) p. 131 "I'll tell you. As soon as you give up your car, you're done for. Oh, you have some friends that say they'll take you out, but they get tired of it, and they fall off. Your world gets very narrow."p. 140 " look into a dying person's eyes can show you a view beyond that does not frighten, but comforts. The heart settles in the Hand. "It's...I'm not afraid of dying people (...) I think there's a richness to that time of life. (...) to have the opportunity to say things that will b heard, finally, in a way they never would have been otherwise." p. 162 "I put my fingers to his lips, to the curled cartilage of his ears. I touch the place where they cut his head, move deliberately along that line, as if to finally heal it." (I understand her motions here--reminds me of Scott's first I would run my fingers--my left hand, loving with purpose to send energy--gently down his radiation burn, and he would hold me in amazement and say I was healing him.)p. 182 "It's Sunday night. Tomorrow is Monday. Next comes Tuesday. I can't do anything about it, and I never could. I read once about an idea in physics that says time braches out into more than one dimension, so that what doesn't happen in one world may very well take place in another. It's an old habit, using thoughts to comfort me."

  • Barbara
    2018-11-09 18:59

    I loved this book from the very first page! I liked and identified with the characters right away. Be warned , you will cry, but in a good, therapeutic way! I believe almost everyone could identify with Myra because haven't we all felt like an outsider at some point in our lives? Lonelyness is a universal theme.Myra is a home care nurse. She loves her job and she loves taking care of people in a practical hands- on kind of way. Now, Myra's new patient is also her high school crush, who is dying from a brain tumor. Myra has been a sort of loaner her whole life, unable or unwilling to allow herself to be close to anyone. Now she is single, middle aged, and comfortable with her life and her dog, Frank, for a companion. Everything changes when, Chip, handsome and ever popular with the girls shows up as her new patient. At its heart, this is a beautiful love story that examines the risks and benefits of having real relationships with people.

  • Martha
    2018-11-16 16:02

    Elizabeth Berg is quickly becoming my new Jodi Picoult...I just can't put her books down!I related to Myra in that I never felt "pretty" in high school and I was the person classmates would talk to with concerns they had, but I never felt part of the "cool" group...but for some reason Myra stayed stuck in that mentality instead of finding herself after high school (and thankfully, I did not...what a sad, sad life had I not!).I did find it unusual (although I am not in the medical field) that Myra was that close with her patients and could bring friends along to appointments, but it did add to the story, so I can't complain even if that part of the book wasn't very realistic. It's hard to go into much more detail without giving most of the book away, but this is definitely a good (and easy) read and although it does not cover as many controversial issues as a Picoult novel, I think it is still though-provoking enough to make it worth your while to read.Enjoy!

  • Sasha
    2018-11-01 22:52

    Many, many moons ago I read this novel and absolutely adored it. It is beautiful and charming and life-affirming and heartbreaking. Fifteen years later, I related to it even more than I did the first time around. At fifty-one years old, Myra Lipinski has always lived alone. While she admits that her job as a visiting nurse and caring for her beloved dog, Frank, are fulfilling, she is also quietly unhappy. When a former classmate with terminal cancer becomes her newest patient, Myra’s life changes forever.

  • Lois
    2018-11-02 19:03

    quite sure I read this several yrs. ago - but so worth reading again. Myra is a nurse, never married, never dated really - not a very attractive woman. Her newest assignment (visiting nurse) is taking care of the most popular, most beautiful guy from her high school years.. he has a brain tumor. (Chip Reardon)... She has always had a crush on Chip (didn't every girl?) and now he falls in love with her - but he is dying, they both know it - a beautiful love story, filled with characters - her other patients.... Myra learns alot about herself... I would read this one again!

  • Michelle
    2018-10-25 14:53

    This was just a beautiful book. Not just another book about cancer. The characters drew me into the story and their struggles held me captive until the wee hours of the morning when I was sobbing uncontrollably and wanting the author to have written another ending. However, I wouldn't change the life lessons learned from this book and its cast of colorful characters. It is the next day and this book still breaks my heart. But what kitschy country song said "there is beauty in the breaking"? I highly recommend this book.

  • Lynne Spreen
    2018-10-28 21:01

    This book had me riveted. Elizabeth Berg is amazing in her ability to make you laugh and cry. Her humor hits the right marks, and her sentimentality isn't overdone or underdone. In fact, sometimes the way she does an emotional scene is so understated it's like hearing an earthquake a split second before it smashes into your house (I'm a Californian. I know.) An example is the hide-and-seek scene, when Myra, the main character, remembers play ending as parents call their kids in for the night, and Myra was the last child to go home. Her parents, uncaring, didn't call her in.In fact, this is one of the darkest books I've read in a long time, but it's well-balanced by humor. OMG, I had tears running down my face from the scene where everyone in a tiny neighborhood diner is sharing on the topic of "what is the funniest thing you believed as a child that turned out not to be true?" It sparked one of my own I hadn't thought of for probably half a century.Although the plot is about a woman caring for a terminally ill man who she loves, the story is about an emotionally neglected child growing up and learning to accept her feelings, and to embrace life in spite of that burden. The ending was beautifully literary although I had to read it twice to see the thematic resolution. At first, I wasn't sure exactly what changed in Myra's thinking that allowed her to come to terms with her pain. When I did see it, I felt uplifted. We always have a choice. The novel was profoundly moving, and I recommend it.

  • Jeannie Tremblay
    2018-11-08 17:45

    I was not impressed with this book at all -- which is probably why it took me so long to get through it. At times I felt like I was reading a Harlequin romance (not that there's anything wrong with them, just no depth to them). Plus, nothing felt realistic to me. Seriously, just like that he falls in love with her? And, her job -- she becomes friends with every patient she sees? I don't think so. Sorry, but I cannot recommend this book.

  • Donna Craig
    2018-11-16 17:01

    This was such a good book. I love this author. She really gets me tied up in the character's feelings and desirous of her success. This was an odd story with an odd character. I loved every second of it. I loved the moments of insight between the woman who had been unpopular in high school, and the woman who had been popular. This book left me hungry for more. I will seek out this author's work.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-28 17:52

    If I were Elizabeth Berg when "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes came out, I would have thought, "Hmmm, this book is very similar to "Never Change" that I wrote way back in 2002. The premises are SO similar. Caretakers who fall in love with men who are determined to take their own lives because their illness/accident has left them knowing things will only get worse. The characters in Never Change are not as attractive or young as the characters in Me Before You, but many of the same anxieties, feelings, questions appear in both books. I liked Me Before You better than Never Change, but I can't help but wonder if Moyes had read Berg's book.

  • Marilyn
    2018-10-29 14:45

    Written more like a short story, only 200 pages. Despite subject matter, it did not grip me. Been on my shelve for awhile, off to donation box.

  • Jeannie
    2018-10-22 14:58

    Comforting book, just what I was looking for as in between book.

  • Louise Marie
    2018-11-15 16:03

    Elizabeth Berg is an amazing, emotional and down to earth author. She truly understands women. A must read. Execellent

  • Kate
    2018-11-15 20:05

    Mixed feelings about this one.My issue was that there is no way on this green earth this situation could have arisen. Professional boundaries are very important and exist for exactly this kind of scenario. Professional codes of conduct provide safety for all involved. This story line crossed so many boundaries Myra would in fact no longer have her license to practice well before Chip arrived on the scene.It does however highlight the research findings that as many as 65% of health professionals do the job they do to gain self worth. Creating dysfunctional therapeutic relationships, however as one ages and develops insight into the sabotaging narrative bought to the job this statistic changes.Hence once I decided to actively remove the real world I could enjoy this for what it was - a story. But definitely not Bergs best work. It scrapes into three star territory just and mainly due to the suspense created towards the end and several stunning one liners that took my breath away for their beauty and simplicity.

  • Ginger Hallett
    2018-10-22 21:49

    I was so relieved to find that this novel by Elizabeth Berg deviated from the formulaic pattern she appeared to be following in the last few books previous to this one. It restored my appreciation for her writing, as I had feared that her formulaic plots, if continued, would cause me to abandon reading her books even though I love the imagery and flow of her words. I am reading her books in the order in which she wrote them, and so I hope that she keeps her plots fresh in the upcoming ones. This story features a 51-year-old nurse/caregiver, a loner by nature and by choice who is sometimes lonely and who experiences a drastic change in her life when she reconnects, or finally connects, with a former high school classmate. I smiled when I read the passage in which Myra, the nurse, describes the books she prefers to read in the evenings in bed: "I don't like mysteries. I don't like thrillers. I don't like historical fiction. I like stories about our time, featuring women, where a lot of the action takes place in kitchens. I like when the women talk about childhood memories and relationships and being fat and the dreams they have at night. I like sad books, too." These are the kind of books Elizabeth Berg writes.This passage is representative of what I like about her writing: "I guess what I believe is that, for some of us, things end up fitting best inside just one soul. Maybe it's genetic, maybe it's environmental, maybe it's just rationalization, who knows. On my walks, I like to hear the sound of my sneakers against the earth; I like to linger where I want for however long I want; the things that mean the most to me are simply not translatable. In the autumn, I look up into the paint-box trees and can only sigh and feel the pleasant ache that such a glorious sight brings. What would I say to a friend? 'Look. Aren't the trees pretty?'Sometimes I feel like I'm looking down at myself, thinking, Woman alone, living lonely life. Those are the times my inside edges feel raw. Most times, though, I just don't think about it. I walk through the days: Saturdays, I cook for the week and pay the bills; Sundays, I do the laundry and sew. I plant new annuals every spring, new bulbs every fall. On my birthday, I buy myself a present, the price of which must exceed $150...If someone were to say to me at any given moment, 'Quick! Are you happy?' I would answer, 'Well...Yes. I believe I am.'I do go to bed early. Sometimes it's only eight, and in the summer, the sky's hardly dark enough for me to sleep. It's mornings I like, the promise of them, the unknowability. No dim accounting. Instead, a blank slate. A chance."

  • Shari Larsen
    2018-11-01 19:07

    At 51, Myra Lipinski considers herself a spinster. She immerses herself in her work as a home health care nurse, and dotes on her dog Frank. She considers herself reasonably content, and tells herself that work and Frank are enough; and it has been enough, until she is assigned to her newest patient, Chip Reardon. Chip was the "golden boy" that everyone in high school worshiped, and Myra,a self described ugly duckling and a loner, had a secret crush on him.Now Chip is dying from terminal cancer, and he has returned home to his parents in New England to spend what little time he has left. Chip's mother is upset that he is refusing further treatment, and she keeps pushing him to reconsider. Meanwhile, Chip bonds with Myra, feeling that she is the only one who truly understands.I really enjoyed this story. It's refreshing for a change to have main characters that are 50-something, especially since I just turned 50 myself. It seems like in most fiction I read, the main characters are much younger, and if they are older, then it's the story of them looking back on their lives during their younger years. I could also relate to the way Myra felt in high school; I too was an ugly duckling and a loner. I've also never been married or had kids, but unlike Myra, I never yearned for that. I do however, dote on my two cats who I consider my "babies".Living with cancer and going through treatment, I can also understand Chip's reasons for wanting to die peacefully. There are some sad moments in this book, but it's also a story of hope, and there is humor sprinkled throughout, especially in the stories of the patients Myra visits and befriends.

  • Marilu
    2018-10-29 15:48

    I had not read a novel in about 6 months. FINALLY, I decided I needed to read a novel, and have found some time to do so. I decided I wanted a light read, a good general fiction book, and not the mystery, suspense, thriller type books I usually read. So, I picked up a book by an author that I have really enjoyed in the past. I started reading it and was really enjoying it, and then I got to page 130 something and read " It makes you retarded, being pretty." a bit more convo and then " I don't know what brings people together, really. I am retarded myself." At that point, I had to put the book down. Two of the characters I loved used the R word!! One of these characters is a nurse! (she wasn't using it as a medical term) They used the R word!! WHY??? WHY?? WHY, did that word need to be used? I have NEVER liked that word, and have NEVER allowed that word to be spoken in my home. ( and I have not lived with my parents for almost 20 years, so it isn't just because I have a 3 yr old with special needs) I know this may sound silly, but I don't think I like the characters anymore. I don't think I can finish the book, and that makes me sad. It also makes me sad because I really enjoyed this author, and I think her poor choice of words has tainted my opinion.