Monday, July 27, 2015

Losing Yourself

"The Art of Losing Yourself" by Katie Ganshert follows two sisters:  Carmen, a meteorologist who is having fertility issues, and Gracie, a rebellious, unhappy teenager.  They are the children of an alcoholic mother who spent the majority of their childhoods neglecting them.  Carmen takes her experiences and turns them into an overachieving perfectionist.  Gracie takes hers and rejects any kind of hope and affection.  When Gracie gets in trouble at school she runs away to live in the motel that she as her sister had visited as children.   It takes her mother 8 days to realize she is gone.  Carmen and Gracie begin to bond and start  life fresh with the cleaning and remodeling of the motel. They get to know each other, plan their future's, recover from their pasts, and get in touch with God. 
The novel starts a little slow and Gracie is kind of annoying at first.  But don't let that make you put the book down.   Within a couple of chapters the book starts to find itself (for lack of a better phrase) and really takes off.  The reader becomes invested in the sisters and starts to cheer them on.  I never did grow to like the mother though.  Ganshert brings the sisters to God without becoming too preachy.  I really liked this book.  I have read all of Ganshert's books and I will continue to do so.  She is only improving as a writer.  I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from

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