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"A tender memoir that combines the deep sadness of loss with the joys of parenthood even under incredibly trying circumstances." -Kirkus Reviews

"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

About the Author

Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at www.mattlogelin.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044656429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been reading Matt's blog since a couple of months after Madeline's birth and Liz's death. He and I have chatted via email briefly, as I'm also the dad of a 32-week preemie girl, born a couple of years before Maddy. Thankfully, I have no experience with what it's like to be a widowed, single father.

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.
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Being a longtime reader of the blog, I was eager to read this book. I find myself somewhat disappointed, and not for the same reasons others have stated. I have really no problem with the language. For me it just seemed after the death of Liz, the only things left to talk about were the trips. I have to go here to remember Liz, I have to go there to remember Liz. Every single trip was because he traveled there with Liz and needed to embrace the grief to move past it. Which I totally get, and I do not begrudge anyone travel if they have the means to do it. But after the third trip he took to move him along in his grief, I felt it was redundant. I wanted to hear more about Maddy, about Liz's family, and about Matt himself working through his grief on a daily basis. I found the thing with the trips redundant.

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.
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I really enjoyed two kisses for maddy. Unlike some other reviewers, I read this from the perspective of someone who has never read his blog. While the focus is on coping with loss and grieving, his insight into the NICU experience and the loving connection he develops with his daughter during those first days are equally touching. He does a very good job capturing the thoughts one has after losing someone close so if you are trying to understand what someone else might be going through, this is a great read.
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A few years ago or so, I had stumbled across the blog Matt, Liz, and Madeline. I can't remember exactly where or how I found this blog, but I remember being sucked in and spending days reading the back history and all of his posts. It wasn't that he was the most talented or eloquent writer (don't get me wrong-he isn't terrible or anything) but it was that his story was so haunting and the way he spilled his emotions onto the page gripped me and wouldn't let go.

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.
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First and foremost I am not not sympathetic to Matt's situation, you would have to be a monster to not feel emotion toward his story. This review is based purely upon the book.

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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