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The Test [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Forrest
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Book Description

For anyone who has ever had to wait for scary labs!

Ever had unexplainable medical symptoms, a lump, a scary mole? The Test follows Kate Thomas through the 12 tense days she experiences after the discovery of a lump in her breast, from Day 1’s panic to Day 12 when her test results finally come in. Since her mother died of breast cancer, she assumes the worst:

“I think I probably have breast cancer and I’m, I’m just not…I don’t think I have what it takes to be one of those people who gets through it successfully.”
“What does it take?”
“I don’t know—think positively, and be strong and heroic and prepared to battle through no matter how bad it gets. Possibly have some sort of life changing epiphany or profound spiritual awakening.” I say this last sentence mockingly, like people who have such experiences are just showing off.

As the days unfold, and the tension mounts, she finds herself summing up her past—her marriage (failed), her parents (divorced), her mother’s illness, her career successes and failures. Meanwhile she tries to figure out how to negotiate her present with the knowledge of a possibly abbreviated future hanging over her—because despite the fear, the wait and the uncertainty, life goes on.

Review excerpts:

“As frightened as Kate is, she never loses her sense of humor. The story never never becomes maudlin or prosaic. I felt nervous with Kate every step of the way, and I cared about her. The illustrations add so much to the text.”

“… careful character development; strong atmosphere; a sense of authentic mystery and anticipation; plenty of literary grace notes and humor; and—importantly—illustrations that support the text and text that supports the illustrations.”

Please note: If you have a black and white e-reader and want to see the illustrations in color, you can go to The Test website (link is in the book) and view all the images as slideshows by chapter. Or you can download one of the free reading apps from the Amazon Kindle store and read The Test in color on your tablet, computer or phone. On the menu bar, click on Free Reading Apps where you will find the following apps:

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8359 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spadefoot Press (11 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #822,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a wry, witty treatment of a difficult subject 28 Sept. 2012
I loved this book. Margaret Forrest writes about a difficult experience with wry wit and avoids any of the self-pity or spiritual awakening that too frequently accompanies this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful book about a difficult topic 20 Aug. 2012
By mlc65 - Published on
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I found "The Test" hard to put down. The descriptions of the characters, friendships, and New Mexico were so vivid I felt transported into another life. Ms. Forrest has the ability to make readers feel they really know the characters in the story, even the ones that just make a brief appearance. Her artwork aids in creating this familiarity with people and places of "The Test".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant, heart warming and insightful 9 Feb. 2013
By Pete Barber (Author) - Published on
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When Kate Thomas finds a lump on her breast, she fears the worst. After all, her mother died from breast cancer. The story follows Kate for twelve days as she undergoes medical and personal tests triggered by her discovery.

I was captivated by Kate's personality: genuine, intelligent, necessarily fearful (because of the lump), at times irreverent but also introspective. This story could easily be non-fiction--an autobiographical description of how Kate's life turned upside down. Real or not, the author had me believing. At times, I laughed aloud at Kate's wry life observances. A few sentences later, I'd be sharing her fear and approving of her seemingly irrational reaction to how people treated her and her lump.

I read the story in one sitting. The prose is clean, crisp and engaging throughout. Try this for a description of how Kate feels after taking her mammogram: "I feel as though I've just boarded a train without knowing where it's taking me." Ahhh, nice words.

The author illustrates her tale with a number of charming, poignant pencil sketches. These images were a wonderful surprise, and they sucked me into the story even more, adding a layer of humanity and personal detail that enriched my reading experience.

I've recommended the story to my step-daughter (who recently recovered from breast cancer) I know she's going to empathize and laugh along with Kate. But you don't need any association with cancer to enjoy this book--highly recommended.

This review was originally written for "Books & Pals" book blog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How refreshing to read such an original and authentic voice 13 Aug. 2012
By mlk211 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
So genuine, beautifully written, and fun to read I couldn't put it down. I hope there are more volumes coming in the life of Kate! And the illustrations are art in there own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take "The Test"! 15 July 2012
By DiinME - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Test" is a well-written and beautifully illustrated book which details the gamet of emotions a person experiences when contemplating their own mortality while awaiting medical results. Ms. Forrest's writing flows with an inviting ease which makes it difficult to stop reading once you've begun. I quickly settled into a comfortable familiarity with Kate and her friends after just a few pages. The dialog is outstanding - natural, conversational, witty and compelling, with a few laugh-out-loud moments. I highly recommend you take "The Test"!
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - A MUST READ 14 Oct. 2012
By BLUE FISH - Published on
This book is not for the faint hearted, but an escape from the norm and allows us to understand, experience anxiety, fear stress and a knowingness that whatever life throws at us we can cope with it.

Feeling unwell within herself and her mother diagnosed with cancer at some time in her lifetime, it becomes every womans nightmare both from discovery to insufferable tests down to the end result.

This is a life journey of a woman embarking down a road she has never encountered before, but has to travel it,if just to find out whether she too has cancer and she digs deep within herself to plan and plot her way through life.

This is a must read and Highly Recommended book because of the transition this woman goes through on her journey to discovery whether it be for good or bad
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