LIVE FOR THIS

LIVE FOR THIS                                   KATHRYN R. BIEL

Samirah Lundgren is living the party girl life. While she's trying to forget about her past and put off having a meaningful future, her lifestyle catches up with her, leaving her in a wake of personal destruction. Alone and homeless, she encounters Michael Salinger, a man carrying his own baggage in the form of a spinal cord injury, not to mention his former fiancé is marrying his former best friend. 
Can a man with a broken body and a woman with a broken soul help each other find the redemption they need to become whole again? 

MY REVIEW:
     What an amazingly sweet story.  I wasn’t sure how it would go when at five percent I was truly disliking Samirah Lundgren the female lead.  The author went to great lengths to make her unlikeable.
     But as they progress from that point on this character evolves not totally by choices, in fact, no choices really.  As to why you will have to read it.  But her roommate thinks she’s to blame.  So, she wants her out by that night.  Feeling she may in some way have added to the chain of events she leaves with only what she moved in with several years before when her mom died.  A backpack, with pictures, clothes, and some money.  She had been saving so long with her purse, phone, and her mail she left.
     She had been out with her married boyfriend Chase the night before but things are super blurry.  Now she has already admitted to herself that she has a drinking problem but this is different.  This time she’s sore between her legs yet he brought her home. She doesn’t remember going to his apartment here in the city.
     She gets to Union Station as she is sitting she finds herself extremely thirsty.  When she hears a town that sounds familiar.  When it dawns on her it’s from a card out of the mail she grabbed on her way out.  It’s a, ‘Save the date’ for her third cousin’s wedding.  She is her mom’s cousin’s daughter.  Barb and her mom were close as children.  They weren’t close but their moms were.  It’s a place to start anew. 
     When she gets to the little town she is hurting so bad she is shaking from fever and pissing razor blades.  So, she decides to find a clinic.  She neglects to ask which way and just starts walking but in the wrong direction.  It starts raining being in a ditch she squats to pee and while doing so she gets beaned in the head by what she thought was a rock.
     Instead what she finds out is that a guy across the street, Michael Salinger (Sally) to his friends.  He has been a paraplegic for the past three years and has just gotten some bad news today from his ex-girlfriend for the six years prior to that.  She had given the engagement ring back that he had planned on giving to her the day he was struck down by a drunk driver while waiting for a light at a crosswalk. 
     In fact, he had just left the jewelry store.  Sally can’t take that fact that not only does she not love him anymore but that she has just told him she is marrying one of his three best friends who he just went out for drinks with two days ago.  It explained now why he had been distant and had a chip on his shoulder.
     He apologies to Sam for throwing the ring at her when she yells in pain.  She tells him to watch it.  He asks if she needs a ride.  She is in such a panic by just the simple question that says, fine.  Then just peels out and goes home.
     The next morning on his way to work he comes to screeching halt across the street because there she is this same chick at least it has to be because she is almost about where he had left her but she is not looking that good.  So, again he asks do you need a ride.  She says no, then he establishes she needs to get to a clinic.  But she still looks like a scared animal. 
     So, he asks her to keep an eye out for traffic.  He gets himself out of the car and that is when she sees the wheelchair and her fear factor scales way down.  That is when she finally agrees to go with him to the clinic.  But instead, he takes her to the hospital because he says he would take his dog to the clinic.

     See how these two broken and battered people become whole again on so many levels.  What exactly makes you a good person?  What exactly makes you whole?  See how these two, work through all the twist and turns of their pasts and confront the irony of the present.  I wish I could give this more than my 5++++ stars.

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