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on 18 August 2013
I am not totally sure if my review can describe how much I loved this book.
Alice Peterson is author that I always wanted to try, I have her "Ten Year On" on my pile by the bed, it's just that there are so many books to read and there is so little time. But anyway, when "By My side" arrived at my door I was more than happy to start it.
To be totally honest, I didn't know what this book is going to be about. I haven't read the blurb before I requested it, I just knew I want to read it. After reading the summary I have though oh - oh. And I was right. I have never thought that I can produce so many tears. Especially at the beginning of the book, when the accident happened, when Cass was trying to adapt to her new life, with Cass's parents and brother trying to cope with this new situation. And then with the dogs.
Oh my God. A personal note here. I am a world - known dog lover. And animals lover. I can't even watch Disney cartoons like Bambi or "King Lion" because I cry like crazy. Forget "Marley and Me", no way can I watch such films. I am also a dog breeder and I am deeply interested in every dog activity and I know how loyal, brave and lovely dogs can be. And so I could see all what Peterson's has described in her book, all the feelings, every tail - wagging, every move and dog - laugh. It was so real, so fantastic and so beautiful that I just cried crocodile tears reading it. Ticket and his doggy friends are individuals in this book, each of them is a Character and they are lovely described.
Cass I loved from the very beginning. I couldn't help but put myself in her situation and ask questions like "What if it happened to me". I am not sure if I could cope like she has. I think I would be more Guy - like, even with the same end. Cass is strong, lovely, friendly, loyal and funny, she is a wonderful character in this book and it was actually a joy - ride to see how she is coping. She was so intelligent and I loved the dialogues in this book, they were sharp and clever and witty.
Every character is this book was so important. I loved Cass's parent as well, especially her mother, she was amazing woman. Cass's new friends, every one of them had his or her own story and they were all so, so sad but nevertheless they were trying to start a new life. Charlie... There were moments that I wanted to shake him, bang his head on the wall or slap him but more often I wanted to clap on his back and tell him that he's great. In my opinion, he was.
What is so sad about this book is the fact that it could actually happen to all of us, and that there are people like Cass and her friends around us, and only when we read books like this we realise this.
Although this book cope with very hard subjects it is written in a wonderful, light and easy way. There are maybe too many details about disabilities and some organisations but they were really vital to this book and it didn't put me off at all. The chapters were short and engaging, all was fantastically researched and I enjoyed every word of it. It has opened my eyes and let me see some things differently. I would go that far and say it is a must - read for all.
I received a copy of this book from publisher in exchange for a review.