Thursday, February 15, 2018
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova ~ Book Review
Such a good book again by this author. Once again, she is able to weave a fictional story around a real life brain illness or injury and teach her readers about the effects on both the injured and their families and those around them. It's a very real, sensitive portrayal of the struggles they face and gives the reader compassion for those facing this kind of injury without it being a dry textbook factual read. You are drawn into the story through the emotional elements the author is so gifted at bringing out in both the characters and the reader. I also love how in this story the concept of the American dream is dissected in the light of one family having to re-examine what they thought was that dream and the accomplishment of it and taking a hard look a what really is important to them in the long run.
I gave this book a 9.5/10. The only reason it didn't score 10 for me was because in the beginning Sarah is having dreams at night and that really slowed the story for me. I'm an at face value reader and struggle with allegorical and hidden meaning elements in stories so I found myself really skimming those parts. Once those parts were done in the story it really picked up and became hard to put down.