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I keep saying it will be the last time I download one of these because I'm in a rush, but this time I hopefully mean it Sep 14, Elisabeth rated it it was amazing. Lifesaving for Beginners By Ciara Geraghty Two lives, one day, one car crash and a twist of fate brings 2 families together living in different countries. Milo McIntyre is 9 nearly 10 years old and lives in Brighton with his mum and elder sister. Kat Kavanagh lives in Dublin, survives a fatal car crash and from that moment struggles to make sense of her life and why she Lifesaving for Beginners By Ciara Geraghty Two lives, one day, one car crash and a twist of fate brings 2 families together living in different countries.

Kat Kavanagh lives in Dublin, survives a fatal car crash and from that moment struggles to make sense of her life and why she survived. When the past catches up with her she realises that maybe that is why she survived the crash. A really enjoyable read which will make you laugh and cry in equal measures, I just loved this book. Nov 13, Amy Shannon rated it liked it. Interesting memoir This is an interesting story by Edlestein that shared a life experience, and brought to life the story. There were a lot of details and angst in the shared experiences. I found the writing style to be enjoyable, and with darkness there was a bit of life.

The story seems to be written for the author's benefit, maybe seeking some healing or catharsis. It's interesting to see the experience of others, and how it may help them, and in some ways help the reader, too. I hope Edlestei Interesting memoir This is an interesting story by Edlestein that shared a life experience, and brought to life the story. I hope Edlestein continues to share more stories, not just for herself, but for readers as well. Sep 12, Marta rated it it was ok.

I didn't fathom this book at all. It has got a very chaotic start where a lot of characters are suddenly introduced as the result of a car crash. It's a multiple point of view book where instead of mentioning who is the point of view of the font changes, making the book look sloopy and unprofessional, if you ask me. It was a unusual and creativity way to do the POV changes but, at least for me, it didn't work. Jan 29, Monique Mulligan rated it liked it. I had so much else going on at the time, that I found it harder to pick up where I left off because my mind was jammed with so many other things.

That said, I was sucked in with the first chapter of this book. Like Kat, a thirty-nine-year-old woman who has to be cut from her car. From the third-person narrative of the first chapter, the book switches to a dual first-person narrative. It took me a bit of getting used to at first, because I thought the story would include a focus on the truck driver — how he fared after that horrible night.

Instead, the story is told by Kat the survivor and nine-year-old Milo, whose mother died in the accident. Somehow, through this tragic twist of fate, they are brought together. Something that Kat did when she was just Milo lives in England. His mother was visiting her sister in Ireland when she was killed. Now his twenty-four-year-old sister Faith is looking after him because his dad lives with his pregnant girlfriend Celia in Scotland. For me, one of the strengths of this novel is in the characterisation. Kat is the more dominant character in the novel — the one who goes through the most change, so a lot of our read-along discussions focused on her.

Contrary and at times dismissive, she hides her past and true feelings behind a dual veneer of denial and indifference. I found myself reacting to her with frustration at times because she would push people away who clearly cared for her. After the accident, she starts to exhibit depressive symptoms, with some of her behaviour bordering on self-destructive.

She was a hard character to like at first, but as I came to understand her more, I found myself caring more. Her development over the novel was believable. Milo, on the other hand, was a lovable young boy who I just wanted to wrap up in a big hug. Lifesaving for Beginners is a novel about growth and change, loss and letting go, living and loving.

These themes are explored in a variety of ways ranging from the loss of a parent to the fear of ageing, from letting yourself love someone to loving yourself. I particularly enjoyed how Geraghty gently explored what it means to be a woman — the pushes and pulls of careers, ageing, children or no children , decisions made, regretted or left to stew, relationships with mothers and partners, and the fact that change is inevitable.

Yet it was not talked about for nearly 25 years. I really enjoyed this book. There were no real surprises, and some of the of the ending had a Disney-like quality other issues were left open-ended, which suited the novel well , but it still made me laugh and cry and not want to stop according to the read-along plan. Sure will. Sep 05, Bronwyn Rykiert rated it really liked it Shelves: friends , audiobook , family. I did not like Kat for most of the book but then she changed.

I missed what made her change her attitude but it could have been her parents, at last, talking about her daughter who she had at 15 and had put to the back of her mind or had she?

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The ending was good and for me that makes the book okay. This is the kind of book to read on holiday, relaxing on the beach, sipping a colourful cocktail Liked the storytelling from two points of view though I must admit having a soft spot for Milo's point of view. Good one! Apr 13, Heather Mcewan-Nugent rated it really liked it.


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Really enjoying this author. This book keeps you hooked right to the end. Deals with hard subjects in sometimes a humerous way. Oct 15, Julie Cobham rated it it was amazing. My first book by this author and I will now search out her others. Great story which kept me reading late into the night.

Loved Milo- his Mam was right, he is a tonic. Feb 01, Shannon rated it liked it. This really started out with some great potential but it just fell a bit flat at the end. When I first started this book, two seemingly unrelated characters were living their lives in two different countries with the promise that they would change each other's lives.

As someone who doesn't really dabble in this chick-lit area, I was unexpectedly hooked and for the first half couldn't predict where the story was going. Even once we find out just how these two are connected I still had pretty high This really started out with some great potential but it just fell a bit flat at the end. Even once we find out just how these two are connected I still had pretty high hopes for the ending. While I did like the end, I think it could have been more, had greater impact, had a bigger wow factor.

But maybe that's just what you get from this genre. I adored the chapters from Milo's perspective, his 9-year old voice perfectly telling it's own story, and Kat's double life was quite fun to follow. Not mind-blowing but a simple and comforting read. This was my first book by Ciara Geraghty. I didn't find the different voices confusing. Once, the trip from England to Ireland began, I was irretrievably hooked. Yes, I deliberately obfuscated the details there. I don't want to spoil the book for you. I'm an American born and raised and adore books by Irish authors. Thank goodness for bookdepository online bookstore w free shipping: The culture.

The tone of voice. This book is the kind of book that leaves you filled with joy when you finish it This was my first book by Ciara Geraghty. This book is the kind of book that leaves you filled with joy when you finish it. Not everyone involved survives. The book is about the changes and connections wrought by the accident.

There are several families that are directly impacted.

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Truths come to light. People struggle with loss. They struggle with change. Ciara deftly switches voices between child and adult. The story was mesmerizing and utterly believable. Apr 04, Fiona rated it it was amazing. I read this book in just over a day! I absolutely loved it! Ciara Geraghty's first book "Saving Grace" is one of my favourite books and this is definitely a close second.

It made me cry one minute and have me laughing the next. I really enjoyed the way part of the book is told from 9 year old Milo's perspective who's trying to overcome his mother Beth's death in a horrible traffic accident on a trip in Ireland. Kat Kavanagh was also involved in the accident but miraculously survived wit barely s I read this book in just over a day! Kat Kavanagh was also involved in the accident but miraculously survived wit barely scratch. This book tells a story about reclusive woman who finds it hard to open up and about a boy from Brighton who's lives change forever after this crash, but as it happens they're linked in more ways than that May 07, Steph rated it it was amazing.

I could not put this book down from the moment I started it and it's not like there was loads happening or anything too exciting because there wasn't. It's just a really good story with likeable characters. I liked Milo,the 9 year old boy and pretty much his whole family,his brothers and his sister Faith. I didn't really like Kat too much from the beginning,she was so hard faded n hateful but by the end if warmed to her somewhat. The only thing I had against it was the total coincidence of the car I could not put this book down from the moment I started it and it's not like there was loads happening or anything too exciting because there wasn't.

The only thing I had against it was the total coincidence of the car accident,like as if that would really happen like that. It made it seem a bit silly. You can guess where the story was going to go eventually with regards Faith and Kat. It was a good ending,happy though a bit rushed right at the end but I thoroughly enjoyed it so May 22, Ryo rated it did not like it. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

Kat's stubbornness and ungratefulness was very annoying. All the Kat's chapters sounded like a spoiled teenage kid, until the last few pages, which were quite confusing because she, all of a sudden, started behaving like an adult, like someone completely different and too happy. And in the end she gets everything back, plus the daughter and her most gentile brother. She doesn't deserve all the goodness.

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What about Milo? He lost his mother because she was in the I couldn't wait for it to be over. He lost his mother because she was in the accident where this ungrateful Kat survived. Why not talk about unfairness just a bit?

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I'm just very annoyed with Kat's getting all she wanted. Not fair for Milo's sake. May 15, Jenn Webley rated it really liked it. This is the first Ciara Geraghty book I have had the pleasure of reading and what a treat it was. Reading reviews left me wondering if it would grab me, suck me in and make it one of those books I can't put down. I needn't have worried, from the moment I started it I was hooked. Milo as a character is endearing, I want to reach out and hug him tight.

Wise head on young shoulders.. As the book quite rightly put it.. He is a tonic. Part of me really wants to dislike Kat, but then a part of feels s This is the first Ciara Geraghty book I have had the pleasure of reading and what a treat it was. Part of me really wants to dislike Kat, but then a part of feels sorry for her.

I cheer her on in the end though. I'm very impressed by Ciara Geraghty and will be reading more! Aug 05, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: amazon-vine. I loved this story about Kat and Milo. At the beginning Kat is in a car crash which involves Milo's mum and to start with this seems to be the only connection between them but as the book goes on other links are revealed.

Kat is a troubled person and you want to find out more about her and why she behaves as she does. Milo is delightful and you fall in love with him from the start. The chapters alternate between the two of them and it works really well. The other characters in the story are beli I loved this story about Kat and Milo. The other characters in the story are believable too, I especially like Thomas and Ed. I have read one of Ciara Geraghty's books before and I think she has a great style of writing, I highly recommend this book. Readers also enjoyed.


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