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She, Myself, and I Hardcover – September 5, 2017
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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Rosa meets Sylvia after her successful brain transplant. With a new lease on life, Rosa unexpectedly wants to know more about the girl who saved her. After meeting Joe, a reporter in training, Rosa learns not only about Slyvia, but also about herself.
The characters of the book are genuine and try to be heart felt. Rosa and Joe are the most well written, but their true selves are not revealed until close to the end. Learning the truth about Joe, while I understand he was keeping a secret, left me wondering if any character was honest or truly the person they seemed to be.
Rosa, like I’m sure most transplant recipients are, is apprehensive of her donated self and tries to learn more about the life of the person that matters so much to her. After months in the hospital, she doesn’t seemed phased by the world outside and jumps into her new world with little hesitation or apprehension. She seems pretty well adjusted to leap into Boston when being from the UK and doesn’t seem scared by the world she hasn’t moved through on her own in years. I expected her to have a bit more reservations about going out and traversing the outside world.
Elliot seems to be the most genuine character and his parts throughout the book are short and even shorter lived. I suppose his part as Rosa’s rock made him more like a conscience, a Jiminey Cricket, if you will, providing the most help, and small glimpses into Rosa’s old life and family dynamic.
Rosa’s mother seemed driven to keep her daughter alive, which I understand, but I never saw warmth and kindness from her. She came off as cold and not the kind of mother I expected for a character with a terminal disease.
I don’t want to talk a lot about the doctors and nurses, but was appalled by the “Jane” incident, and surprised by how it ended so abruptly near the end of the book even though it was only a couple paragraphs about it in the beginning. It felt like an unnecessary conflict in the story.
The plot, in the beginning, I feared would be focused solely at the hospital. I was glad when it headed in a different direction. Once things got moving, it was an enjoyable read. I was as determined as Rosa to learn more about her and Sylvia along the way.
I don’t want to lead to any spoilers, but I wish that Rosa’s black outs were resolved a bit differently. I feel like what began as an insightful journey about self discovery fell a bit flat with the “Leave it to Beaver” easy way of tying up lose ends. I feel like an epilogue would have helped give a more satisfying ending, even if it was just a tiny glimpse, maybe one month later, into Rosa’s future.
I gave this book 3.5 stars. This review is kinda late, I meant to finish it before the release date, but I ran out of time and this review just got pushed back. I didn't mean to, but life got in the way. Anyway, onto the actual book.
This book was so easy to read, it was such an interesting idea that I was drawn right in. There were some aspects that weren't possible, and pretty ridiculous, but it didn't deter my reading in any way. When I had the time to read it, I would read large portions of it at once, it was a bit addicting.
The authors writing style was definitely a positive, the story played out smoothly and it was easy to connect to the characters, because the author made them relatable.
I have no bad feelings about this book, it had some parts where I didn't think it was possible, but then again, a brain transplant has never actually happened so I can't say for sure, but theoretically some of the things that happened couldn't have actually happened.
Rosa was a relatable character. She was just like any other teenage girl, she just got the short straw in life and ended up with a nerve disease which made her unable to live her normal life. She had a complete identity crisis which is also completely understandable considering she was put into another persons body.
This book gave me a very calm, warm feeling. I never had any intense feelings of emotion during this book, which can be good or bad depending on whether you like books that make you have strong feelings. It wasn't the greatest book ever in existence that I will tell you that you have to read, but I think that if you like the premise, or you enjoy casual reading of the contemporary genre then you would enjoy reading this book.