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Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love Paperback – April 3, 2012
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"Heartbreaking, raw, moving and uplifting at the same time." -The Hollywood Reporter
"TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is less a conscious piece of writing than a spontaneous eruption from the heart. It will make you cry but not only out of sadness. Some of your tears will be for the beauty of love and its miraculous power to heal even the deepest wounds." -John Grogan, New York Times bestselling author of MARLEY & ME
"No one wants to read a depressing book. But how can you possibly call depressing what is so filled with love and life and the unstoppable message of how lucky we are to have what we have. Read this book and put your life back in perspective." -Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author of HEROES FOR MY SON
"In Matthew Logelin's honest and poignant story, we learn a great many lessons about the fragility of life, and about the strength we all can summon to move forward. With two kisses and an open heart, he shows how love can sustain us." -Jeffrey Zaslow, New York Times bestselling coauthor of THE LAST LECTURE
"Almost unparalleled as a raw and unapologetic portrait of grief, TWO KISSES FOR MADDY is a stunning testimony of the kind of love-- fated, magnificent-- that inspires novels. So vivid, so powerful and pitch-perfect, is his evocation of his beloved Liz that I could hear her laughter and see her face for days after putting the book down." -Claire Fontaine, national bestselling author of COME BACK
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Everything that's funny, heartbreaking, emotionally raw and wonderful about Matt's blog is also here in this book. Part I of the book goes into a fair amount of detail concerning his & Liz's courtship and marriage, their careers, and their decision to start a family. I read with trepidation as Maddy was born, and reveled in Matt's joy for the 27 hours before his world came crashing down the next day. The book goes into greater detail (though not gory) about the circumstances around Liz's death, and that was a very hard chapter to read. I can't imagine what it would be like for Liz's family and friends to read it, and it's almost unfathomable to me how Matt could write it.
Parts II and III deal with the remainder of the first year, up to Maddy's first birthday and the first anniversary of Liz's death, with a short epilogue written a couple of years later.
Matt's rather "salty" language as found in his blog is echoed here in the book as well, and I was very pleased to see that. If his editors/publishers had forced him to tone down the profanity, the book wouldn't have been in his "voice."
A must read for any parent, and for anyone who's ever been in love.
I did like, however, finding out about the day of Liz's death with more detail. But I thought the way he presented her was as a controlling, foul mouthed, cold woman instead of the wonderful person I read about on the blog.
The blog chronicled events that had happened that would forever alter the lives of many people. You see, the part of the blog where I started showed that Matt and Liz were madly in love and expecting their first child. Here pregnancy was hard and she was placed on bed rest and their daughter Madeline was born early. 24 hours after Madeline was born, her mother suffered a Pulmonary Embolism and was gone. Matt found himself a single father, working his way through raising his daughter and grieving. It is heart-wrenching.
Somehow through all of that Matt kept the blog going and managed to build an entire support community for himself. He also managed to write a book about the whole thing.
Then, I read a post about the book Two Kisses for Maddy on another blog, Lacey in Love. This brought me back to Matt's blog where I caught myself up and immediately ordered a copy.
It took only a few days for me to read all the way through. There were moments I teared up, moments where I felt his joy, and overall I felt very connected to him and his story. One of the things I liked most was his no-bullshit way of writing.Read more ›
While Matt's introduction does mention that he is infact not a skilled writer, but instead man with a story worth sharing, I have to say this book was awful. Typically once I start a book I HAVE to finish it, for the closure if anything else. But this book, I just couldn't.
- While I am often times known to have a dirty mouth, his continuous use of the f word as a means of expressing his emotion after Liz's death was just tacky. People deal with death and loss in different ways and "ya we get it your mad" but for the sake of sharing the many emotions your feeling find an effective way outside that wretched word.
- Now I say this as blessed person who has not had many experiences with death of loved ones but his constant showering of Liz with nothing but pure adoration got old quick. In certain stories you become attached to characters and Their love immediately (think Allie and Noah from the Notebook or Rhett and Scarlet from Gone With the Wind) but in this case I couldn't become connect to Him and Liz, simply because they were too perfect. To him, Liz was utter perfection and frankly I don't buy it. I love my husband so much but if God forbid he died I would miss the many annoying things about him in addition to his strengths. Matt, instead treated Liz as if she was the greatest thing on the planet and I just cant believe that to be the truth. We all have our faults and those are quite enduring and I wished he would have shared some of hers for the sake of realism.
- Lastly, the book was just kind of boring. It sounds cruel because his situation was quite an ordeal but the story of what happened was bland. I have read and enjoyed numerous sad books but this one was just depressing.
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Awesome test of faith 😇😊😇😊😇😊😇😊😇 wonderful journey of strength and encouragement. Always be grateful of the little things in life 😇Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
1 or 2nd fav book of all time. great book. great service. as described and shipped fast!!Published 2 months ago by Lunchbox88
Matt and his wife Liz met in 1996 when they were just teenagers. Three dates in, they were convinced they had found a forever kind of love with each other. Read morePublished 2 months ago by EpicFehlReader
Heard about this book by Matt lifeline mother because I am her banker! Couldn't resist checking it out and I'm in love with how real the story is and how Matt wrote itPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer