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review 2017-07-05 00:00
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter - Adeline Yen Mah I liked this book a whole lot more until the last fifty-or-so pages. At that point, it devolved into a laundry list of perceived slights, petty bickering, and old grudges. The narrator, Adeline, went from being winningly naive about her family to being determinedly oblivious, to the point that it made it difficult for me to buy a lot of what she was saying. It began to feel very one-sided, as she portrayed herself as being entirely innocent while everyone else ganged up on her.

Prior to that point, it was a mildly interesting story about a woman who accomplished a lot despite a highly dysfunctional upbringing, set against the rapidly changing culture of China in the second half of the twentieth century.
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review 2016-04-24 17:27
The Last Leaves Falling - Sarah Benwell

My god, this book is so beautiful and depressing, more so than most books I've read in my life. Don't read this if you're feeling down.
It's a story of a teenage boy who's been diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure with only 2 years to live. As the book progresses, his disease slowly progresses, and...the ending, shit it just killed me, I feel so messed up reading this and it was done so well.
There's quite a few mentions to depression and suicide and clinical illnesses. Really powerful. 5/5

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text 2015-11-21 02:15
DNF...
The Last Leaves Falling - Sarah Benwell

A teen book about ALS and I can't help but compare this to Me Before You (while not the same topic persay but it holds a similar stance - at least to me) which I ADORED. And The Last Leaves Falling just doesn't hold any emotional beat for me. I just can't find myself to continue reading this one. It does some good things, diversity, a new topic explored for teens. So I do think it is an important novel but not for me. Will definitely keep it in mind for readers advisory. 

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review 2015-08-09 02:56
The Last Leaves Falling
The Last Leaves Falling - Sarah Benwell

This book is amazing. It was such a peaceful and fulfilling read. I wish I could just write my review with a blank page with floating butterflies, kind words fleeting across the page and Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World (one of my favorite songs) in the background. Why? Because in the story, Abe is alone, he has nothing until he reaches out on the internet and connects to some of his peers. Hesitant to meet with these peers, they react just like he thought they would when they do meet up yet later when the initial shock wears off, they reconnect and they built a solid relationship. They see something in each other, it’s real, a real friendship where no one expects anything from each other, they just want to be with each other and enjoy their time together. What made this so story so special is that Abe has Lou Gehrig’s disease and he’s 17. Abe’s aging fast, his disease is progressing faster than the doctor’s thought. He’s still a person, a person capable of doing things; it’s just his body that is giving out on him. Appreciate life, appreciate what you’re capable of doing, appreciate your friends and family, appreciate…..appreciate….

“And I think to myself, what a wonderful world”

(I have this link on my ipad)

Enjoy and smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

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review 2015-04-12 08:00
The Last Leaves Falling
The Last Leaves Falling - Sarah Benwell

If you hadn't heard about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) before last summer, you'll probably know it now thanks to all the attention that went into the Ice Bucket Challenge. It was of course only a matter of time before there would be books about it as well. And I thoroughly believe it's a good thing that awareness is created for this terrible disease (as there should be awareness for many more terrible diseases).

 

I really liked the setting, in Japan. It's always nice to read about a different culture. I was not such a big fan of the chats that were included into the book, and I felt that the friendship that followed was rushed, especially in the beginning. Come to think about it, the whole book felt rushed. It wasn't a particularly long book, so I would have liked to perhaps see it a bit longer so that the events all felt better in place.

 

Although I thought it was an interesting story, I never truly connected with Sora or his friends. It didn't have the emotional wow-factor that I thought it would have. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high...

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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