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Sunday, February 5, 2017

(13)I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Eve's world is turned upside down when her mother committed suicide on that fall day.  At just seventeen years old Eve struggles to understand why her mother would do that.  In fact, her father Brady blames himself.  The two of them are struggling to come to grips with a life that does not include Maddy.  Father and daughter have never had a close relationship and without Maddy there to be the buffer, their relationship flounders.  So much that Eve has asked to spend her senior year at a boarding school.   What Brady and Eve don't know is that Maddy is never far away.  She is watching over them as they struggle through their new life and gently encourages them to go on without her.  Even though days, weeks, and months have passed Brady and Eve have one thing in common - they just don't understand why Maddy would kill herself.  And it is tearing them apart.  Will they ever find out why?

I Liked My Life is an intimate and emotional read about a family ripped apart by suicide.  The chapters are told in the alternating voices of Eve and Brady.  As well as Maddy who is observing from afar. The pain that both Eve and Brady are going through is quite palpable and quite heartbreaking.  I liked Eve and I even liked Brady, even though he was one of those guys who didn't really pay much attention to what was going on at home - that was always his wife's domain - until she was no longer there.  Other people are a part of their story - like Rory, the tutor that Maddy handpicked to be Brady's next love. And Kara, a selfish friend of Eve's.   Through the story I felt a little intrusive, their story was that intimate. Their grief was that intimate.  Through the whole book, I had a feeling that there was something more to the story.  And I was right.  The end was quite satisfactory and thankfully the author did a sort of epilogue.  So we could check on the characters down the road.  I was glad she did.

Bottom line - The sudden death of a loved one is never easy to handle.  So much is left unsaid and undone.  So many questions remain.  Abby Fabiaschi tackled all of those questions and more in her book, I Liked My Life.   Even though it is an intimate and at times emotional read, it may just bring some comfort to those who recently lost a loved one.