- File Size: 3978 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991436202
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ICUL270
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aubrey is 24, but since graduating high school, she's lived at home with her parents to take care of her Aunt Ally, who has cancer. She's a little on the naive side, but not annoyingly so. The first few chapters of the book are about Ally, as she nears the end of her life with no hope for further treatment. Have tissues handy for this part! It was very sad, but very realistic.
Ally leaves Aubrey money in her will to fund a trip around the world. I think it was Ally's way of encouraging Aubrey to find herself and thank her for devoting herself to Ally's care for so many years. Aubrey's dad is hesitant on her going alone so he finds a companion to travel with her. Enter Adam.
Cue the laughter. Aubrey and Adam don't really get along at first (although it's obvious that he's attracted to Aubrey and vice versa), and I found myself laughing at them many times. Great chemistry. Slowly it becomes a romance set against the backdrop of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America.
Aubrey takes Ally's ashes and says goodbye to her in various locations, which was very touching. This was a moving and inspiring story and I'm very glad I read it.
I love a book with meaning, emotion, love, and laughs. This book has it all.
The story starts out very emotional. Aubrey is in a heartbreaking situation. With her aunt who is like a sister and sick with cancer, her life has been on hold for the past six years. For six years she has been solely dedicated to taking care of Ally. Fighting cancer with her.
'I've held her hand so many times over her illness. When Ally was first diagnosed, her doctors removed the tumor in her leg. That, along with radiation and chemotherapy, was supposed to cure her. When I hold her hand these days, swollen is the new normal. I'll take swollen forever, as long as it means she is still here.'
Sometimes, we don't get all the tomorrows we hope we have.
' When I reach up to shift her arm, I know she isn't just sleeping. Dr. Julian was wrong. Ally didn't have a month or three months, she only had one day.'
After her aunt is reduced to ash, as she wished to be, Aubrey isn't sure where to take her life. At 24 she put off school, work, men, her independence.
Ally and Aubrey pieced together The "Better Board". Filled with all the places Ally would go when she got better. With a moderate life insurance policy and a Will Aubrey and her family didn't know she had. Ally wants Aubrey to take that trip without her parents. And gain some independence and life back.
Wanting to fulfill Ally's last wishes but a little reluctant she agrees to an escort her dad arranges, a son of a friend. Adam, a seasoned traveler, photographer who lives on the opposite side of the U.S.
Aubrey and Adam, complete strangers, are off.
The plot to this story is awesome! It has dept as she takes part of Ally with her. The trip was supposed to be theirs. So Aubrey spreads her ashes as they go.
I love that there isn't unrealistic insta love. Adam is a jerk bossy and arrogant. But not so much that I hated him! Ally is naive, and stubborn. But not annoyingly! And they grow on each other in time. It's quirky and funny and emotional.
Leaving pieces of Ally in each place, Aubrey finds pieces of herself. And Adam unexpectedly finds Aubrey.
'He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear. "I didn't see you coming."
"What are you doing to me?" It's more of a statement then a question.
This book was well written and I couldn't put it down. It's an unexpected love story and a celebration of life. A must read.
When Carey asked me if I would read â€œBETTERâ€ I believe she knew this book would wreck me from the start and no lie I was in ugly tears within a day. For personal reasons I had such a connection to this story, I had to pause many times in the first 3 chapters. But like many tragic wrecks you just cant look away. Carey stayed with me, often patiently while I had to express my connectivity to an emotional segment of the story. All the while she assured me I would be ok that I and it will get â€œBETTERâ€ and â€œBETTERâ€ it did!
This story went from turning me into a blubbering mess to staying up all night not wanting to put it down. The story was healing in its nature and became a wonderfully hot healing story with perfect flow. I loved this book and will definitely add this book as one of my most favorite books of all time.
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