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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francisco Stork, Francisco X. Stork Narrator: Carrington MacDuffi Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D.—if her family will let her go. Mary wants to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state. Then three men sway their lives: Kate’s boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own. Kate and Mary find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it’s Mama’s life that might divide them for good—the question of if she lives, and what’s worth living for.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/17/2014

    " This is a story about sisters. It wasn't a story I would say I liked, but I'm not sure if it was the narration or the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/7/2014

    " When their minister father dies unexpectedly, sisters Kate and Mary must figure out a way to take care of their mother who is in a persistent vegetative state as well as themselves. Kate has a scholarship to Stanford, and Mary is a talented painter, but their lives have been restricted by their controlling father and their concern for their mother. As with Stork's previous two titles, this one explores questions about family, faith, and joy, but the exploration seems a bit more heavy-handed than in the previous books. Some of the language and the sisters' lack of worldliness give the book a dated quality, and difficult as their plight might seem, it's clear what decisions they will ultimately make. I particularly like how Stork's books do not shy away from hard questions or offer easy answers, but this title simply didn't captivate me, possibly because other books have addressed some of the same issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jaclyn | 2/7/2014

    " A good coming of age story among sisters. I got this at a library convention or I probably would not have read it, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brianna | 1/26/2014

    " Lots of potential in this story. I was intrigued by the sister relationship, especially the way the sisters responded after their father's death. I expected the author to delve further into the girls' newfound freedom after they no longer had to abide by the strict rules of their minister father. However, Stork took the story in another direction - too many directions, I feel. There were two blossoming romances and one failed one, one declaration of cancer, gang conflicts, end-of-life debates, college acceptances, dissolving friendships, and spiritual re-awakenings. It was too much for one book. I would have been satisfied with an exploration of Kate and Mary's parentless existence after their father's death. Coping with their mother's persistant vegetative state was an element that raised the stakes of the story, but I do not feel that it was adequately explored, nor was it satisfyingly resolved. Sometimes simple is best. Keep the story simple and dynamic, without adding in all of the other emotional factors. (I listened to this as an audiobook.) "

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