Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drawing Breath / Laurie Boris

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Approximate word count: 45-50,000 words

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A freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer, this is Laurie Boris’ second novel. Her first, The Joke’s on Me, was published by 4RV Publishing in 2011. Boris lives with her husband in the Hudson Valley of New York.

For more, visit her website.


“Students often fall in love with their teachers. Despite warnings from her mother, that's exactly what 16-year-old Caitlin Kelly does. But Daniel Benedetto isn't just any art teacher. Not only is he more than twice Caitlin's age, he rents the Kelly’s upstairs apartment and suffers from cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease.”


A well-written and thought provoking story, Drawing Breath may be a disappointment to those who jump to conclusions after skimming the description and seeing mention of a 16-year old girl, an adult man, and something about falling in love. But those who don’t come to the story with misplaced expectations will discover a tale that should stick with them long after the afterglow of satisfying their prurient interests would have faded. Drawing Breath is a coming-of-age story that raises questions of how we relate to those with serious diseases or handicaps and the roadblocks that even well meaning people may create for them in leading the most normal lives they’re able.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: ***** Five stars


?wazithinkin said...

Because of your review, Al, I went to 1-click this book and saw it is already in my TBR pile. It sounds intriguing and look forward to reading this one. Thanks

BooksAndPals said...

Linda, sometimes I get the feeling that there is very little difference in your to-be-read pile and my to-be-reviewed pile. :)

David Antrobus said...

Reading this right now!

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

Wow! I went to sample this and was amazed by all of the fantastic reviews.

Looking forward to reading it.