Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review of 'I'm Still Here' by Kathryn R. Biel


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It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary. Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted. Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes.

**My thoughts**
This read was a rollercoaster of emotions, making me laugh out loud and then choking up from moment to moment. Esther is messed up, yet trying to figure out herself and what she wants out of life. When you read about her crazy family and antics, you almost want to say, "No way that happened!" Yet, it is completely believable at the same time. 

I like Esther, because she is witty and just real. I wish I could be as quick-tongued as she is, yet I wouldn't want to deal with her problems. I want to be her friend, but know that I would be shaking my head at half of her antics and stories.

And you've gotta love two hottie doctors! O.K. is well beyond okay. I think I developed a bit of a crush on him, myself.

I also loved the setting. I am familiar with Ohio and Upstate New York, so I felt at home while reading a lot of this book.

If you love crazy, laugh-out-loud, tug-at-your-heartstrings stories by women like Helen Fielding, Sophie Kinsella, Marion Keyes, you will love Esther and her story.

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About the author:

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Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather ( She is the author of Good Intentions (2013) and Hold Her Down (2014). Please feel free to follow on Twitter (@KRBiel) or on Facebook (Kathryn R. Biel: Author)

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review! I'll be walking around with a huge grin on my face. Maybe I'll even have some Ho Ho's to celebrate!


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