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I am not one of those people who gives a 5 star review to every likable book they read. I give those 3 stars usually. I give 4 stars to a great book which has some flaw in my opinion. I thought this was a great book, and I have no complaints about it whatsoever. For me a coping mechanism in times of stress is to think about how things could be worse and to use that to appreciate what I have. This book is great material for that. The bizarre nature of Lyndsey's chronic illness provides a way to look at life completely differently, and helped me see my mundane activities in a new light. The narrator was perfect. She conveyed the emotions of the very likable Lyndsey in a way that made them easy to empathize with. Lyndsey's time in the dark has caused her to look at things differently and she was able to really share that. A memoir of chronic illness can be a real downer but I did not find this one to be that way. Certainly, you feel for Lyndsey during setbacks, and you understand her despair, but there is something so undefeatably upbeat about her that she's inspiring rather than depressing.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Girl in the Dark to be better than the print version?
Definitely! Hannah Curtis BECAME Anna Lindsay. She is dry and whitty when needed, in the depths of despair when called for.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Anna, of course, and Pete, who loves her and supports her and treats her like a human, not just someone with a disability/
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
yes! It is short enough to read on a long road trip, detailing all the ways Anna lives a happy and fulfilled life, with her hopes and dreams and successes and setbacks.
Any additional comments?
Terrific book! In some ways, ehr experiences are similar to living with blindness, yet very different. She is all-too-human, with an unusual disability, trying to find a way to carve out a fulfilling life outside the presence of many forms of light.
What a fighter!
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