Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker
Although we all have different things that inspire us, I would say a story about a person overcoming a disease and becoming stronger because of it is pretty universally inspiring. Reconstructing Natalie is a book more for the female crowd, as it also falls under the chick-lit genre. But where most chick-lit stops at expensively delightful shoes, Reconstructing Natalie adds realistic drama in the form of breast cancer. Sure there are the typical chick-lit elements: the loyal humorous friends, the original boyfriend who is so not worth it, and the best guy friend who turns out to be the prince with a heart of gold. But it also transcends this when Natalie has to battle cancer. The plot seems realistic and is at times very hard to handle (emotionally), but the ending is nothing if not inspiring and heart-warming. Natalie grows in a very real way that anyone can relate to, and it’s a worthwhile read, if you’re the kind of person who likes a good cry with her inspiration.
And yes, the interesting cover may have been part of the reason I read it.