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Pandora's Box by [Green, Giselle]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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‘This novel is a heartwarming, emotional take on a mother/daughter relationship. I couldn’t put it down.’
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'A bitter sweet tear-jerker'
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‘A compelling, tragic read, though full of surprises and love.’
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‘A satisfying read from a new writer who can certainly tell a good story.’
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About the Author

After gaining a BSc at King's College London and MSc at City University, Giselle worked for British Telecom and Unilever, London. Giselle is now a full-time mum to six boys, including twins, and a part-time astrologer. In 1999 she qualified as an Astrologer with the Faculty of Astrological Studies and now specialises in medieval astrology. Pandora's Box is her debut novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002UZ5J5O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I picked up this book as it was recommended by a very good friend of mine. Wasnt sure if I would like it but once I started it I didnt stop. I am not the world's fastest reader, but I read it in 2 1/2 days reading every chance I got. I loved the way you saw both the mother and daughter's side of things. Given that it deals with a young girl coming of age whilst planning her own death to avoid her family suffering with her at the end of her terminal illness, one would think that this book is depressing, WRONG, the characters were believable and witty at times and I think it dealt with a delicate subject in a very open manner. I have recommended this book to everyone I can think of.
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By D. Jones #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2011
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This is the first book that I have read by Giselle Green.

One of the main characters in the book is Shelley, a fifteen year old girl, who has been suffering from a terminal illness for a number of years. Over the past couple of years her symptoms have become progressively worst and she has recently experienced her best friend's painful and distressing death from the same disease.

Shelley is a typical teenager; she wants to do what teenagers all over the world do, but she is severely restricted by her own physical limits. She feels that she has very little time left to her and she decides that she wants to take charge of her life and probably the most important decision she will ever make, that of when and how she will die.

The other main character is Rachel, Shelley's mum. Rachel obviously loves Shelley more than life itself and will do anything in her power to protect her daughter. Reading about her emotional struggle to accept Shelley's decision was heart rendering. As a mother, you can't help but put yourself in Rachel's place and question what you would do in a similar situation - thank goodness most of us don't find ourselves in that position.

As part of the story we are introduced to Pandora's Box - a box of items and memorabilia from Rachel and her sister's childhood, sent to her by her mother (rather conveniently named Pandora). Shelley decides to read a diary that she finds in the box and through this we discover many things about Rachel's past that force Rachel to face up to some of the secrets she has kept hidden, even from herself.

Right up until the end of the book I honestly had no idea what decision Shelley would actually make and whether she would go through with her plan.
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So enjoyed my first Giselle Green book. The characters are drawn so well and the locations described in such a way that the picture is conjured up effortlessly; what is more, I cared about the people in the story, hated the ones I was supposed to hate and willed them on to their appropriate destiny. Lots of delicious loose ends are distributed along the way and they come together, sometimes in an unexpected way, sometimes as you might anticipate but you are kept guessing until the end. And beyond. There is honestly nothing to criticise, loved it.
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Having read Giselle Green's other two fantastic books my hopes were set high for Pandora's Box, and it certainly lived up to, or even exceeded my expectations! It gripped me, taking me right into the story, and for about the last 20 pages is absolutely impossible to put down! It was particularly interesting exploring different views with regard to euthanasia and aiding a terminally ill loved one to die.
I would strongly recommend Pandora's Box, along with Giselle Green's two other novels 'A Sister's Gift' and 'Little Miracles'.
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I absolutely loved Pandora's Box, in fact I found myself unable to put it down. The characters are interesting and likeable and it is beautifully written from the points of view of both mother and daughter. You could be forgiven for expecting a depressing or somber book from the description but it is exactly the opposite. Engrossing and uplifting, I would definitely recommend this book.
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Despite what is a sombre topic, this was amusing, touching and uplifting. The author deals with the subject sensitively and realistically, without resorting to mawkish sentimentality. Truly a great read.
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Having read all the positive reviews I downloaded this book and couldn't wait to read it. I was very disappointed, it was repetitive, I couldn't empathise with any of the characters and, although I finished it, I struggled and didn't really care what happened at the end. Obviously I am in a minority here and I am glad I only paid 0.99p for it, it filled up some time but that was all.
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Just finished this book and I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't too mawkish. The book focuses on Shelley, a girl who has a potentially terminal illness and her relationship with her mother Rachel. I found nearly all the characters exremely likeable and had a great ending. I did shed a couple of tears in parts though so keep a box of tissues at your side.
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