Title: All the Water in the World
Authors: Raney, Karen
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 355
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Meet sixteen-year-old Maddy and her mother Eve. Life is challenging for this mother/daughter duo as Maddy suffers from leukaemia. It's all here - the highs and lows, the hope and despair as well as the usual angst and joie de vivre of a teenager's life. But Maddy is not cowering in her bed - there's climate change to be sorted, a first love to be relished and the quest to find the father she has never met.

Narrated by both Maddy and Eve, and moving between rural Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and London, this is a tender and uplifting story embracing the entanglements of love, loss and parenthood, and delivering an emotionally satisfying read.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I think this book would have side appeal, from Young Adult up to Adults, and also women and men."

"The sexual content in this book is handled sensitively."

"The aspects dealing with the cancer are sensitively handled, so not too hard for the squeamish."

"The story, told with alternating characters, is well-written. A very good debut novel."

"The entries by Maddy's mother brings this book to a different level - it's different to all those other books about such subjects."

"The role of the birth father compared to the stepfather adds a good twist to this story."

"This is a good story and it's not sentimental at all."

"The method of storytelling through the eyes of both Maddy and her mother gives the reader an extra insight."

"I appreciated the author not going into morbid detail over Maddy's illness. We were told enough for us to realise the seriousness without playing on our sympathy."

"The renewal of the relationship seemed a bit Mills & Boonish, but that was a brief impression and didn't last."
Categories: Fiction, Community, Cross-over, Grief/loss, Humour, Medical/Health, Relationships, America, 2021 Titles


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