Les Derniers jours de Rabbit Hayes/The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin

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Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Fiction, Hurt/Comfort

Medium: French paperback

Synopsis: Rabbit Hayes has been battling breast cancer for quite some time, and now it’s finally settled into her bones.  She only has a few days left to live, and her friends and family are taking it just about as well as you’d expect.  Some are looking for divine intervention, some are looking for experimental treatments, and some are learning how to say goodbye quicker than they ever thought they would.  But what about Rabbit’s parents?  Or her one and only love?  Or her 12-year old daughter?

Review: This book took me a little while to get through, though that’s mostly because I read it in my second language!  Even still, I was able to understand enough for me to understand the general plot, and the heartbreaking instances that follow.  And, for French language learners–this book has a TON of vocabulary that’s useful (and lots of slang, too)!

But let’s talk about the book.  The book in itself is beautiful.  Now, I’ve never had cancer or any other sort of debilitating disease like that, but everything that Mia–nicknamed Rabbit–feels seems true, and raw.  The novel goes between many different points of view, from her parents, to her daughter, to the person she loves, to her confidante.  This way, we can fully understand how each person is dealing with the death of somebody who is so full of happiness and joy.  Not only this, but it switches between present-day and flashbacks, which is necessary to see how and why each character is the way they are.  Not to mention, these flashbacks provide humor at just the right moments!

Overall, I found this book both beautiful and insightful.  It’s a book definitely like no other, and one that I know has touched my heart, and many other’s.

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