- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (1 Jan. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552773743
- ISBN-13: 978-0552773744
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes Paperback – 1 Jan 2015
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"What a beautiful book. I cried and smiled my way through" (Jane Green)
"Heart-breaking yet blackly comic . . . echoing the style of Roddy Doyle. Impossible to put down." (Image)
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"A bittersweet story of family, faith and love . . . both deeply affecting and life-affirming" (Sunday Mirror)
"Enormously readable, funny and emotionally engaging" (Irish Times)
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I didn't cry, there were many many occasions during the story where I found a lump in my throat and was on the verge of tears. A lot of the time they were just one liners, but were so well written that they got to me.
In some respects you pretty much know how the book will end, almost before you begin, but to not read it would be so wrong. There is a great deal of hope, and I was crossing my fingers that my assumption on the finish would be incorrect, but regardless the story is brilliant.
Split into parts that signify each day that Rabbit Hayes is in the hospice, it really is a countdown, and as there were less and less pages left, I found myself dreading the next day signifier, just incase it was the last, as I didn't want to run out of book at any point.
Each Day, and chapter is split into multiple focal points, which thankfully have character subheaders to them, so you were always aware of who you are focusing on. Some of the characters we saw a lot of than others, and it was really helpful, as you got to know all the members of Rabbit's family in great details.
A lot of Rabbit's sections were her sleeping and reliving the past, specifically the just as heartbreaking story of her first and only love. I enjoyed reading Rabbit and Johnny's sections and early on at least there were some quite light hearted moments and some lovely conversations between the two.Read more ›
The book is at turns, poignant, funny and heartwarming though ultimately it is heartbreaking. From the beginning of her initial diagnosis of breast cancer, Rabbit had been upbeat and honest and sought to share her thoughts via a blog which helps her cope. Around her she has her siblings Grace and Davey;her friends; and her parents Molly and Jack who are constantly seeking a cure or a new drug trial as they refuse to believe she will die. She also has her daughter, Juliet who at 12 is her own particular reason for trying to fight her illness for as long as she can.
The book deals with how Rabbit is coping with her imminent death as well as how the wider circle of family and friends cope with the loss of a loved one. The story is not just about Rabbit's present but also tells the story of her past, her hopes, her dreams and the love of her life.
The characters are all very real and likeable which makes it much easier to care for them as the book progresses. But ultimately it is Rabbit and her relationships especially with Juliet and Johnny that will touch your heart.
Given the subject matter it might be easy to treat the topic in a maudlin way, but this never happens. The story is as much a celebration of Rabbit's life and achievements as about her illness. It is a heartwarming look at friendship and families and above all love, that will make you think about your own life and loves. It is emotional and heartbreaking but also full of warmth and humour and well worth a read.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
It isn't the type of book I would normally read, and to me, it does tend to go over and over the same stories, I find it a bit boring. I am feeling guilty that I feel this way, as I realise cancer is so cruel, but I have to write my review truthfully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, emotive and funny book. Sounds strange to recommend a book that's about a woman dying in a hospice but really it's so much more than thatPublished 2 months ago by daisy
I loved the characters and the story and the writing was beautiful. I am just glad I didn't read it on a plane or train because I was either crying or laughing out loud... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Always Reading!
This book is following the last days of Rabbit and her family who's battle with cancer is finally lost. Read morePublished 2 months ago by steeps1824
Huge thanks to Alice at Transworld for sending me a copy of The Last Days Of Rabbit Hayes.
Firstly, I feel I should explain that I’m not a huge fan of cancer related... Read more
Enjoyed this a lot even though my friend is in a hospice . Molly is a great character. I would like to think I am like her. Sad but funny too. A good read .Published 2 months ago by S M Harris