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Author: Donna Freitas Published: October 11th 2011 by Farrar, Straus...

Author: Donna Freitas
Published: October 11th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Can loss lead to love?

Not because the story is about death it has to be lonely. I did not cry when I read this book. On the contrary, I was smiling. I smiled because I’m happy for Rose that after months of wallowing over her mother’s death she is starting to move on. With the help of a survival kit that her mom left her. And she’s not just moving on, she’s becoming this new person. A better version of herself. And a guy, who she barely notices before; who is also fractured by the same circumstances was by her side. Aiding her, and maybe on the process helping himself.

One of the best contemporary books that deals with death. It takes the whole journey of grieving and moving on in a refreshing concept of a survival kit. But the story is not only about surviving the loss of her mother. It helped her patched things with her family, especially her dad. On this journey, she found the new Rose, the better one. And some strange way, the material inside the kit had led her to the guy—the invincible truck driver as her grandmother said, Will. Will Doniger, the guy who knows very well how it feels to lose someone you love.

I enjoyed Rose and Will’s new found friendship, and eventually love. I liked Chris, her ex-boyfriend. And at some point, I pity him because I kinda felt his sincerity but it’s so clear that they’re not meant to be. He’s not a bad guy. Perhaps, he’s a typical popular boy but it was refreshing to know that he’s nice. Supportive, even. But he doesn’t understand Rose like Will does. And not only because they both experienced loss. That’s why I loved how their relationship evolved. From someone she just passed by—a stranger to a person so important to her. I saw how it grew. While I’m sad and frankly, disappointed that Will wasn’t with Rose when she needed him but at the same time I understand (and Rose as well) that he also has his own fears. I liked that he has flaws. Clearly tells us, that relationship is a two way street. He is, and still as fragile as Rose. He has his own baggage. Rose is aware of that, and accepted that. And in spite of it, they both know they’re still good for each other. They both need each other. Isn’t it nice? I’m happy. That put a big smile on my face. I want them to be together.

I loved the meaning of the things inside her survival kit. Random but meaningful. For growth. For love. For hope. For sharing. And for letting go. I loved this book. I read it in one sitting. I couldn’t let go. Rose’s story (and even Will) spoke volumes. And I listened carefully.

PS. I love The Fray, plus point that it included one of my favorite songs from this band— How To Save A Life.

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