I really enjoyed this book until pretty much the end of it. gross.I will give away part of it because it was gross.
In this book Isabel is the wife of Alex who dies while out riding her bicycle. After she is declared brain dead, Alex must honor his late wife's wishes to donate her organs.
Enter, Janet the recipient of Isabel's heart. She figures out who the heart belonged to after hearing the hospital staff talking. She then begins to send letters to Alex.
Overall the book is about these two families coming to terms with what happened to each of their families. For Janet the recipient, it hasn't all been perfect. She struggles with gratitude and guilt. Of course there is also the physical issues that come along with it, but she is grateful to be alive.
I imagine it would be hard to be an organ recipient. You would be so extremely grateful to be alive, but I would be afraid that I didn't deserve it. The other person might have lived a better life given the chance. It would be a struggle for me and one I hope to never have to deal with.
The gross part was while Alex and his mother in law are out visiting Janet and her family they sleep together. I'm sorry but that part alone ruined the whole book for me, it was disgusting. It totally tainted the rest of the book for me. Throughout the book you knew that they were close and at times they talk about how she was like his mother, so to then put them together sexually was unnecessary and disgusting.
That scene tainted my grade for the book, without it I would have said a B, with it I have to give it a C!
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