FICTION

Photos of You

Forever: Grand Central. Feb. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9781538700365. pap. $15.99. F
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In her eighth novel (after Differently Normal), New Zealand author Robinson tells the funny and heartbreaking story of Ava Green. Ava has just turned 28 and has planned an adventurous trip overseas when she finds out the cancer she thought she had conquered has returned. This time, there is no cure and her time is running out quickly. As Ava contemplates the items on her bucket list, the only one that truly stands out is her desire to have a wedding. She decides to celebrate her life while she is still breathing with a wonderful, “groomless” wedding. Thanks to her friend, the story goes viral, and soon she is sharing it with the world and developing an unexpected relationship. Ava’s parents and two best friends are along for the ride, trying to support her wishes while grieving their anticipated loss.
VERDICT For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, this book should be read with a big box of tissues nearby. However, it never veers into the maudlin, as Ava is funny and cranky and human. With a strong sense of place and well-drawn characters, this will fit well in most fiction collections.

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