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Friday, January 27, 2017

Review: Sleight by Sloane Kady

Sleight by Sloane Kady
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Blackweald Press

I've always had a very close relationship with my father, so reading about father/daughter relationships always hits a soft spot for me.  While my relationship with my mother may have been tumultuous at times when I was younger, we have found a way to build our relationship as I have gotten older and we are closer now than we ever have been and for that I am grateful.  Each generation needs to understand that there are just some things you're not going to see eye to eye on with the other generation.  Although I am not a parent, I can only imagine how hard it is to make the best decisions you can for the little person(s) you've created to try and have them succeed in life and have the things you may not have had.  As a kid, these are not things you take into consideration because you are in your own little world where it likely won't make sense anyway.  Take care of yourself and remember to appreciate what you have, the relationships you create and the sacrifices your parents have made for you - whether you know about them or not.  I'm fairly certain that no matter what it looks like on the outside, 99.9% of the time, they had your best interests at heart.

And now for my review:

Bryce grew up in a shattered household where her brother died at a young age, her mother was addicted to drugs and her father was cold and abusive. Her prom night ends with her finding her mother dead in the bathtub and her first love and the one person she thought she could trust, Jackson, not showing up when she most needed him. Bryce takes off to try and make a life of her own, leave the past behind and try not to think about it again. Then one day, she receives a call that her father has been in an accident. She goes home to find that he actually has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and now she has to struggle between her lingering hatred for a man who never seemed to care and taking care of the only family she has left.

This is not a happy book. It is raw and emotional about a father/daughter relationship struggling with their past issues and trying to find a place of forgiveness while dealing with an illness that all but strips a man of who he is. I had moments of meh, moments of awwww and moments where I put my hand over my mouth after certain revelations were brought to fruition. It is beautifully written and by the time I came to the ending, I was fully invested in Bryce and her father. I only take a half star away because the scene with her doctor just seemed out of place and not needed for the story and for some reason that kept sticking with me as I continued to read.

I do implore you to give this book a chance as it is very emotional and deals candidly with broken families and the road to forgiveness, if it can be traveled on and what a bumpy ride it can be. 4.5 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Blackweald Press for this copy.

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