Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Left Neglected

So I like to read... a lot. I think I read over a hundred books last year. Obviously with a new baby, I have read much less, but I recently joined a book club. The first selection for the book club was Left Neglected by Lisa Genova.

Left Neglected is a book about a super busy mother of three with little time to spare. She juggles motherhood with a busy career and a marriage. She is constantly on the go and her interactions with her family are rushed.  Then, the unthinkable happens. She is in a car accident that leaves her with brain damage. She is unable to do anything with her left side. She isn't paralyzed, but her brain does not recognize that she even has a left side. She is forced to learn to live a new way of life, as well as retrain herself on all things left. What she is left with is a new perspective on family and work. Her broken relationship with her mother is mended. She is able to relate better to her oldest son, who was diagnosed with ADHD. She is forced to make a career change, but in doing so she is doing something that makes a difference.

Overall, the book was a quick read. However, after discussing it within the group, I have to agree with their statements. The book has an overused plot, and key points that should have been elaborated were rushed.  Parts that needed only a sentence or two were drawn out. Aside from her mending her familial relationships, my favorite part of the book was one that left me giggling. She was describing how she was attempting to put makeup on as part of her therapy. The right side of her face looked flawless, but the left was not so much. In order to understand, imagine doing your makeup on the right side with your eyes open. Then imagine doing your makeup on the left side with your eyes closed. Or, if you are bored, you can actually do it.  This relates to anything she tried to do with the left side, but this was the most visual example.

If you would like a quick read, I would recommend it. But it won't really leave you wanting more or feeling like you just read the greatest book of all time.

If you have read this book, what did you think? What books are your favorites?