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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

REVIEW: The Cast by Amy Blumenfeld @AmyBlumenfeld @AnnMarieNieves @gosparkpress

The Cast
by Amy Blumenfeld

Huge than you to Spark Press and GedRedPR for this amazing copy!
One of the best books about friendship I've ever read!


Publisher:  Spark Press
Publish Date:  August 14, 2018
296 Pages
Genre:  Contemporary

Twenty-five years ago, a group of ninth graders produced a Saturday Night Live-style videotape to cheer up their ailing friend. The show’s running time was only ninety minutes, but it had a lasting impact: Becca laughed her way through recovery, and the group—Jordana, Seth, Holly, and Lex—became her supporting cast for life.

On the silver anniversary of Becca Night Live, the friends reunite over the Fourth of July to celebrate Becca’s good health—but nothing goes as planned. The happy holiday card facades everyone’s been hiding behind quickly crumble and give way to an unforgettable three days filled with complex moral dilemmas and life-altering choices. Through humor, drama, and the alternating perspectives of five characters, The Cast explores the power of forgiveness, the importance of authenticity, and the immeasurable value of deep, enduring friendships to buoy us when life plays out differently than expected.

My Review:

I'm just going to get right into it.  I absolutely LOVE this book.  My friends and I have made video tapes for each other, done silly things to bring joy to our crew and it's just FUN to do these types of things.  When you can be completely silly and YOU around a group of people who appreciate you for who you are... well, you just can't ask for much more than that.  The other side is that the also know just about everything about you and this can also make for some heated and very emotional moments - upswings and downswings … they're no longer just friends, they're FAMILY.

I'm in awe that this is a DEBUT! The chapters alternate between the various characters of The Cast and it's done SO WELL.  Each group has their different personalities and lifestyles and she captures this brilliantly.  I knew from the first 40 pages that this was going to be an emotional read.  Captivating, heartfelt, string tugging…. and all so relatable.  Each character in here is human, visceral and I fell in love with each and every one of them.

You can't plan for life to happen - it just does.  When you have people around you that you can count on - it makes that journey just a tiny bit easier.  I'm grateful that I have those people in my life.  Thank you, Amy, for making me appreciate them all the more.

Highly recommend you put this on your TBR.  Set aside a few hours and don't move until you're done.


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