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Live a Little Paperback – August 15, 2008

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Green's third novel displays a charming, acerbic wit unfortunately employed in the service of an unlikable character. Raquel Rose finds her diagnosis with terminal stage IV breast cancer to be unfair: she put her artistic dreams on hold to raise two kids and now she'll never become the sculptor she always wanted to be. Life after diagnosis isn't all bad, though: knowing she has only months to live, Raquel agrees to go on Living with Lauren! her sister's Bay Area talk show; her husband turns from couch potato to pink-ribbon activist; and her two sullen teenagers start confiding in her the way they never did before. But when a follow-up visit to the doctor reveals Raquel's biopsy results were switched with another woman's and she's actually cancer-free, she can't bring herself to fess up and lose all the local celebrity perks cancer has brought her. The lies snowball in sometimes funny fashion, but Green unfortunately doesn't bring any gravity to Raquel's quandary. Instead the gambit is played as ditsy and vapid. (Aug.) ""
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"Green's effervescent prose and pitch-perfect humor will surely charm readers. Her deeply imagined characters seem like old friends as their story unfolds with effortless grace." (Author of NOTES FROM THE BACKSEAT Jody Gehrman)

"Kim Green is a must-read! Live a Little is wise, winning, and funny,
with engaging characters that pull you in and pages that crackle with
wit and insight." (author of MASTER OF THE HIGHLANDS Veronica Wolff)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot; 1st edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446697931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446697934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,122,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sue on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
From the start of this book, Kim Green made me laugh vicariously through the main character, Raquel Rose. Raquel, who is comparatively ordinary & underappreciated as a wife & mother, walks the reader through an obstacle course of life-changing news and events that follow. The story is laced with wit, sarcasm, & self-deprecation (though sometimes maybe a bit too much...okay, you're overweight, we get it already).

I didn't read from any reviewers before me on this, so maybe it's just me, but at times I was a bit bogged down from the book being, well, too wordy. Lucky for me that the Evelyn Wood speed-reading course from the '80's (finally) came in handy. And let's face it, this ruse of going through treatments & surgery under the radar of anyone in her immediate or extended family (& also best friend) was a little hard to swallow. But hey, that's why it's called fiction.

Bottom line...I liked it enough that I would like to hang out with Kim Green because I'm pretty sure she is someone I could relate to in real life.
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I though ths book was really bad. Really, really bad. I only finished it because I was hoping it would get better. It didn't. The main character is full of pity for herself and likes to rationalize everything she does with the premise that her mother likes her sister better. Well, I liked her sister better too. The story does start out kind of cute but quickly turns into an unbelievable tale. Every character has some big moral dilemna and we see how she tries to help them deal with it, being gay, having sex, being infertile, etc. Meanwhile, she is a big fat liar. There are nmerous inconsistencies regardin dates in the book. Rachel is a character that is very hard to sympathize with since she goes off and does her own thing neglecting her family for selfish reasons. Somehow, every chracter just forgives her in heartbeat and life is good. The moment that leads to her downfall is never explained. How did that woman get the document she claims to have? Since that is a big life changing moment in this story, it seems to me that should be explained. I'm not buying it and I urge you not to either. You can have my copy!
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I loved this book! She created such intriguing and endearing characters. Her writing style is so entertaining and really makes me giggle. I look forward to her next one!!
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Raquel Rose is a harried housewife with two teenagers who take her for granted and a rather distant husband. When she receives the news that she has breast cancer, her family does an about face. Her kids start helping out with the housework, are thoughtful and her husband is being attentive. Raquel appears on her sister's successful television show ' Living with Lauren' and raises a lot of money for breast cancer.

The trouble is that at her next doctor's appointment, she gets the news that her test results were mixed up with another Raquel and she does not have cancer.

Stunned, Raquel goes home and tells her family the good news. Or tries to - they don't believe her, they're sure she's just putting on a brave face. In the end she decides to go with the lie. After all, she raised $250,000 so far...and this would be a chance to turn around her life and reinvent herself.....and her family is being so good to her......and ........

Well, you can see there might be a problem with this. Does she get caught out? I won't give away anymore, but you are in for a comical read. Green's descriptions of people, places and situations are laugh out loud funny. Her fantasies of Viggo Mortensen, her overachieving sister, her best friend and the local society ladies are hilarious. Once in a while it seems to escape and go a wee bit over the top.

At first I was a bit wary of the premise - pretending to have cancer? The women battling cancer in the book are depicted as strong and use humour as one of the weapons in their fight. And although this deception is what gets Raquel into her predicament it's as much a story of family and finding love.

There are some mild sex scenes that some readers may either enjoy or not. All in all a good chick lit read.
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I liked the beginning and the ending but I never thought I would ever finish this book. The only reason I finished the book was to find out what happened. Which I guess could be a good thing but I found it slightly disturbing.
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A book about a woman who fakes having cancer - who knew it would be so funny? Not to mention touching and relatable. Through Raquel Rose, Kim Green voices with brutal honesty the challenges that many women struggle with, but never speak of: dissatisfaction with marriage, the disappointment of sacrificed dreams, frustrations with children, rivalry with other women, etc. Sounds heavy, I know, but somehow it is not. The story pulls you in and you can't wait to see how it all plays out.
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Live a Little is the kind of book Jennifer Weiner could write with a little more life experience and development as a writer. It's funny, grounded in Jewish family life, and has a well-developed serious side.

Raquel (nee Rachel) is a housewife whose art career was swept aside by family life and raising two kids in the perfect suburban environment. The kids want for nothing: private schools (which the family can't afford) and a McMansion community to provide them with safe surroundings and the right friends. Her husband Phil is a teacher who withdraws into TV and sports when he's home. When Raquel is diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer, her family rallies round. Raquel learns people are much nicer to you when they think you're going to die. Raquel's appearance on her sister's daytime talk show brings out a confident, blunt, and humorous side of Raquel that the audience goes wild for, and she raises over $250K to support breast cancer families. When she learns that a clerical error in the hospital gave her another Raquel Rose's bad news, she has a moral dilemma. Think of all the people she can help as a spokesperson for breast cancer! Think of the huge fraud she'll commit as well! She marshals her strength to tell her family, who think she's delirious and sweep her off to bed.

Live a Little is laugh out loud funny at many points and is a great treatment of the challenges faced by a forty-something woman. "Am I still attractive?", "Is this what marriage is after twenty years?", "Will my kids grow up to be rude parasites or is this just a phase?" The scope of Live a Little is ambitious and far more than a suburban romance.
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