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Good Like This: A Novel by [Arpesella, Peter]
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  • "The author brings to life the characters so much that you begin to believe they are real. You begin to see your family, friends, even yourself, where at one time or another you faced the same demons...addition, disease, ambition and wealth. The author captures it all. I'd wake up in the middle of the night anxious to read what was happening next. The story grabbed every part of my mind, head, curiosity. I admire the author's work, incredible writing. This book tops the list." -Roberta Ruggiero author of Do's and Don'ts of Hypoglycemia. Founder/CEO of Hypoglycemia Support Foundation


  • FIVE STARS - Great Read! -I like the way the author makes the comparison between a person with a badly managed disease and an addict. I had never thought of that but this idea is brought to life by the behavior of the characters in the book. The characters are well thought out and interesting. I like the dialogue and I got hooked into the story early on. I can't wait to see what the author writes next. I'm also a fan of his blog and his podcast, "Madness." -Annie Wood, author (ow.ly/mOdLv), award winning writer, actress.


  • "Well written and extremely intriguing. Good Like This represents man's universal struggle against his own genetically determined limitations." --Dr. Michael HarrisEndocrinologist, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, UCLA
  • "Exciting and most real account of the NYC Marathon." --Tom Kelley, New York Road Runners, Director of Race Scoring.

From the Author

GOOD LIKE THIS is part of author Brenda Novak Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Cure Research. Brenda Novak has been an instrumental advocate for finding a cure for type 1 diabetes. I am in contact with the Faustman Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital for finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.
GOOD LIKE THIS is a story about transformation. I wrote it because I believe we can all be heroes of our own life. Paul Franco has Type 1 diabetes, Candice has an addiction, and they have one thing in common. They can choose. Because it's not what we have that counts, but what we do with it.

And isn't this true for everyone? You don't have to have Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, an addiction, a disease, be affected by stress, or struggling with fitness management to relate to this story. The struggles and choices that this family and these characters experience are the same as everybody else's. 
Diabetes, addiction, a sport, a disease, a struggle, a relationship, an ambition, a dream, a belief, they can all be the path that leads us home, to ourselves.  
I wrote this story for you. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • File Size: 2623 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GBN7RDI
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By Scott K. Johnson on January 1, 2014
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GOOD LIKE THIS is a fast paced fiction book with type 1 diabetes right at the heart of it. Awesome!

Peter Arpesella quickly pulled me into the story of Paul who is living a dream life on the outside, but battling a few different demons on the inside. Wonderfully written, Peter peels back the layers of Paul and his vulnerabilities. As with any of us, diabetes isn't the only struggle Paul faces, but the attitude he takes towards his self-care may be causing him more trouble than he realizes.

Through the course of a few uncomfortable troubles, Paul sees that he has to make some choices.

Peter artfully pulled me through a tangled set of emotions and brought me through the other side having enjoyed his book. If you're looking for a fun read with a little bit of type 1 diabetes thrown in the mix, this should do the trick for you.
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Anyone who is interested in learning about Type 1 Diabetes, will enjoy this extremely well written book. The main character, Paul is realistically portrayed as someone who takes his condition for granted and then learns to maximize his potential. Thought all the characters were realistic and I hated to see it end. Easy to read and hard to put down.
Maybe this book should be required reading for adult type 1 patients!!!
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This book spoke to me in a personal way. I have scar tissue from people with addiction who've been in my life. This helped me heal from these by pointing out that there are many ways one escapes reality besides drugs and bad health is one of those ways. It inspired me to take control of my health, physical fitness & life. No escapism or excuses anymore. I find it takes quite a bit of practice and training to break the old responses. The main character in this book helped by setting the example by failing sometimes and still forging onward.
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It isn't often that you come across a lead character in a novel who has T1D (Type one diabetes). It's even more uncommon to come across a book that offers an honest and accurate portrayal of the physical and emotional strain that living with a chronic illness can create for a T1D.

I've been living with T1D since I was 5 years old (almost 24 years) and I have never come across a novel where someone living with T1D has been accurately portrayed- until now. What's even better is that this is a GREAT story about family, personal growth and fulfillment. Peter's novel is refreshing, entertaining and heart warming. I highly recommend this book for anyone yearning for a satisfying read!

Asha Brown
Founder of We Are Diabetes
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I really enjoyed this book. For the first time, it portrays what it actually FEELS LIKE to have diabetes, in a way that non-diabetics can understand, and in a way that diabetics relate to. Set against a backdrop and comparison of another very real but no-less damaging addiction; one self-inflicted, the other not, of relationship and commitment betrayal- '50 Shades of Diabetes'
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By fm on March 27, 2014
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GOOD LIKE THIS comes from the author’s very original idea to tell the story of a man living with diabetes. It’s a novel set in what feels like real life, with dramatic moments, yet permeated by a huge optimism, and by an inexhaustible desire to live and to win.

The protagonist, Paul Franco, is an established New York investment banker, married to Candice, a sophisticated, elegant socialite and artist, with an eight year old daughter with some eating issues.
Everything seems cool, but… Paul has a severe form of diabetes that affects every moment of his life. And this is exactly why the novel is original, and even unique. It isn’t just the story of a man with a disease. As the story continues, the reader realizes that the protagonist isn’t just Paul, but his diabetes too. The health condition is always present in the story.

The author is very skilled at creating a personality, even a physicality, for this devious and quite insidious disease. The two (Paul
and diabetes) live in tight and continuous contact, like siamese twins, that can’t be separated in any way, except by the death of the diseased, and thus also of the disease. I don’t remember where I read this, but a character said when talking about his cancer, “It knows that if I die, it will also die.”

Paul and his diabetes face each other, fight each other and wear each other out, and when one surrenders the other wins, momentarily.

But now enters Denise (the head of a research project on the effects of stress), who grabs hold of the situation, as an empire or a coach of sorts of the fight between the two. This is how Paul starts to acquaint himself with to know himself better, and finally allows him to accept it without recriminations or embarrassment.
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This excellent book has helped me to deal with some issues and stresses in my life. It did so in so subtle a way, I didn't see it coming but only realized afterwards that it had occurred. It reads as if you are in the room watching and listening to everything happening in real-time. It is an insightful and very well researched novel about a family experiencing a series of stressful issues and dealing with them the right way following years of missteps that only made their problems worse. Self-realization and love (of oneself and ones family and friends) are at the core of this great novel about the inner workings of a family undergoing some very troublesome changes.

Overall, it is a very well written and eminently readable novel as well as being a super good study of the ups and downs, taken literally and figuratively, of Type 1 diabetes. But above all it is a story about an American family with an 8 year-old daughter and how they finally find a way to realistically view and ultimately overcome their problems. I found it to be well worth reading!
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