5 Hearts · New Adult Contemporary

Finding the Cure by Cassandra Giovanni

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Ellie Abela’s life has been anything but easy. Tragedy follows her where ever she goes, and she’s been a lot of places. At twenty she’s lived in over ten different states, all because of her dad’s career in medical research. His career is just another list of the causes of tragedies in El’s life. He’s dying, and with every breath he takes closer to Heaven, Ellie dies a little bit inside too.
At twelve she lost her mom in a drunk driving accident, and in a matter of months she fears she’ll lose the last person she has in the world to cancer.
While Ellie’s life has been rife with sadness, Trent Wentworth’s has been a challenge. A drug-addicted mom and a dead-beat dad meant at twenty three he was the adoptive father of his two year old sister. Now at twenty five he’s working his way up the corporate ladder and a struggling single parent.
Each is searching for a cure to the things in their lives dragging them down.
Not all cures are black and white; not all cures save us–and sometimes saving isn’t what we need. Sometimes we just need to realize how lucky we are to be alive, at least for this moment.

My image Trent Wentworth
My image of Ellie Abela

I received an ARC from the author for an honest review. 


OMG! Totally was not expecting to fall in love with this book, but I did. It isn’t your typical NA; where, the two people see each other and then jump into bed with one another to realize they got baggage they need to take care of. Nope… This one there is tones of baggage and the couple does not jump into the relationship without a few hesitation on both sides. Even after they been dating for a while they give each other an out, which neither wants to take.Ellie: Love the girl. My heart goes out to her with all her challenges. Her father is dying and she can’t do anything about it, but just watch. She is alone. Mother is already gone and no siblings. Once he dies, she will have no one.Side Note: That is very hard for me to grasp for many reasons. There are cousins, or grandparents, uncles, aunts, great uncles and great aunts, 2nd cousins. I mean I get WHY she didn’t have anyone to turn to, but this is a common plot point in many books. I can name 3 others that the girl was left with no one after one last relative died. She is attending college to get a degree in Literature and minor in Graphic Design. So she lives for books. She goes every day to read to her dad at the hospital. Ellie also attends the local University’s book store often to purchase new books to bring to him. That is how she meets Trent. Even with Trent’s currently life situation, she feels so comfortable with him. To her she says, Thanks for listening. You’re easy to talk to …almost too easy.”

Trent: Mr. Hottie. He manages the college book store that Ellie, goes to often. He has a lot on his plate. He has been taking care of his 4-year-old sister, Allie, since she was born and He has complete legal custody of her.  The struggles he deals with are: being a single parent and his real parents. His mother was or still is a drug addicted and his dad left them high and dry. I am just confused. There is such a large age gap between Allie and Trent. We don’t know much of how Trent was raised. Was their mother clean before she had Allie? Has she always been using? Do they even have the same dad? I felt that these questions weren’t really answered very well in the book. Maybe I missed something, which is totally plausible.

Ellie and Trent need each other. They need an emotional support that they didn’t realize was missing until they found one another. I love this conversation between the two of them. I believe this is where our title comes into play. “But you’re not, El. And your dad needs you to live. I plan on keeping the promise I made him today.’ ‘What’s that?’ Trent tilted my chin up before he said, ‘Being your cure.'” I love that. He is her cure to continue on living.

One thing I really liked about this book was the fact the author showed the process of how to help someone overcome the loss of a love one. Ellie was falling apart before he dad finally passed. It took time and the comfort of Trent, Allie, and her friend Morgan to overcome her grief. Another thing I really liked about the end of the book is, it doesn’t leave you hanging. It is a standalone and leaves you with no questions on how Trent, Allie and Ellie are doing with their individual lives.

There is so many funny parts to this book that complement the really heavy emotional scenes. They joke about the book Fifty Shades of Grey a lot. Which is so funny. There is nothing super dirty in this book. Swearing and the implication of sex, but nothing detail or graphic. Which I respect for a NA. There are not many NA novels that take the cleaner approach. So bravo Cassandra, bravo to you.

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 I highly recommend this book.

 

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