Review of WHAT SHE WANTED by Julie Anne Lindsey

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Be sure to have a box of tissues handy while reading this beautiful tale by Julie Anne Lindsey! It is a powerful story filled with love, loss, laughter, and finding yourself. The main character, Katy, has struggled since her mom died of cancer shortly before Katy’s first birthday. Katy was left to live with her grandfather who is mired in grief at the loss of his daughter and his wife to cancer. Katy has lived in the shadows and done her best to blend in and not cause trouble for her grandfather. Her grandfather has a sudden heart attack that has Katy floundering. Coupled with finding her mother’s journal, Katy begins to question her life and what she wants. Readers will be drawn into the story and will eagerly be turning pages to find out what happens next. Definitely recommend!

It seems Katy has been waiting for her eighteenth birthday all her life. Raised by a grandfather who never got over losing Katy’s mother to cancer at a young age, she’s dreamed of a life free of the burdens of her family’s tragedies. But just before her birthday, she learns tragedy isn’t finished telling its story . . .

Before she can begin her new life, Katy’s grandfather suffers a heart attack, a box of her mother’s keepsakes, including a journal written to Katy while she was in her mother’s womb, at his side. Believing the only thing her grandpa loves enough to live for is her mother’s memory, Katy reads to him from the journal every night at the hospital. Night after night, line after line, Katy begins to see herself as her mother saw her in her dreams. Buoyed by her mother’s undying love and conviction, Katy vows to make her mother’s sacrifice mean something and promises to fulfill all her mother’s requests. Even the hard ones. Especially those . . .

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