Rating: 2.5 To sum up my thoughts on this book, it's like a grown-up version of My Sister's Keeper. Also acted like a primadonna in the ER, calling competent doctors incompetent.
Goodness, I had thought this book sounded so good when I read about it. It's going on my list of favorite books of all time! All of us have wondered at one time or another how we'd handle this type of tragedy in our family, which is why I'm sure this story will resonate so strongly with everyone who reads it.
It says Molly's cherished ideas about her sister are shattered, but in the end I think she cherishes her sister more than ever, or finally realizes how she has always cherished her. In the end, with Robin's accident and death, her family finally learns about her and learns to value and love her as they never could before. In her most profound silence, she is able to speak most loudly: As Molly has to go through the odds and ends of her sister's everyday life, she learns about Robin and about herself. Robin's life had been full of accomplishments and things, predicated on her activity as a runner, but in the end it is her capacity to just be that makes the greatest mark on the world. If only Robin had stopped; if only Molly had run. Eventually Robin's lessons could get across to her family, worn down and made receptive by their harrowing week at her side; hopefully we are not entirely lost before we can learn to use our lives for good, and it will not be only in death that we are able to be known. The Snows, as a family, are in a far better place at the end of the book than the beginning, even if they, and we, feel more than a little bruised from the journey.
I have a sister that I love dearly, and while some people have a hard time reading books about kids in danger, I have a hard time with siblings in danger. The thought of my sister in an unresponsive coma is one of my worst nightmares, and it's a testament to Delinsky's skill as a writer that I was not only able to read this book, but also finish it.
On a personal note, my mother-in-law was unconscious for a week before dying on Christmas Eve and all the things the characters talked about were so incredibly unrealistic and unbelievable. So for Delinksy to write about these nonsensical conversations is totally ridiculous.
Robin Snow is the star athlete family and her younger sister Molly has always felt second best to her. Even as an adult, Molly struggles with living in Robins shadow.
Not Barbara Delinsky's best book by any means.
I didnt enjoy WHILE MY SISTER SLEEPS as much as my memory of the book, perhaps because the story felt dated in how we think and talk about the end of life, when the body exists and the mind is gone.
Chris has a personal problem while Kathryn is in denial and Charlie turns to religion. Although the well-written story is extremely passive (which makes sense since one of the key characters is in a coma) and at times over burdened with too much personal torment that borders on hyperbolic emoting, While My Sister Sleeps deeply showcases how people react differently to an unexpected health crisis.
Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and as a photographer and reporter for the Belmont Herald. I did the newspaper work after my first son was born. I used both skills doing volunteer work for hospital groups, and have served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and on the MGHs Womens Cancer Advisory Board. Intrigued, I spent three months researching, plotting, and writing my own book - and it sold. I write about the emotional crises that we face in our lives. I was diagnosed nearly twenty years ago, had surgery and treatment, and here I am, stronger than ever and loving having authored yet another book, this one the non-fiction Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors. First published in 2001, Uplift is a handbook of practical tips and upbeat anecdotes that I compiled with the help of 350 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends. There is no medical information here, nothing frightening, simply practical advice from friends whove had breast cancer.