A riot of a book with a circus-parade of characters romping their way through the pages!
Gina’s life is a bit of a haphazard, hodge-podge of a mess … and that’s before her cancer diagnosis. She seems to have a knack of surrounding herself with a bunch of misfits and oddities. There’s her new neighbour, who happens to be her ex-therapist; a dour friend who drifts in and out of her house, painting abstract portraits of her; a long-term best friend who can’t stop eating; a judgmental daughter who goes out of her way to ensure that her life is everything that her mother’s isn’t; a 5-year-old granddaughter with a poo (yes … excrement!!) obsession; oh, and let’s not forget the permanently high ex-husband (not her daughter’s father btw) who is usually to be found lolling on her sofa or in her bed, and who she can’t seem to stop having sex with!
So basically, Gina is pretty much a representation of Everywoman! Our lives are messy and disorganised and full of ups and downs and emotions that we have no clue how to deal with! Suddenly she’s thrown into even more turmoil by a cancer diagnosis and Sbaraini’s description of her reaction is so viscerally real that I felt physically shaken!
How Gina copes with her new normal is a fabulous display of resilience, strength and an innate ability to laugh loudly at herself and her failings. But she also knows how to cheer herself on just as loudly. And as quirky as her surrounding cheerleading squad is, they each in their own way play a vital role in Gina’s journey.
This is a hectic read! It took me a while to get to grips with it and all its nuttiness, but once it all clicked into place, I couldn’t put it down! It’s a 5-star read to get your teeth into!
Thanks so much to Kelly Lacey of Love Books Tours and Mercier Press for the invitation to this blog tour. Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about Gina’s Therapy …