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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Single mother, Megan's, cancer was no longer in remission; it has spread throughout her body. Megan's Way by Melissa Foster is a story of a mother and daughter in the midst of a life and death situation. Fourteen year old Olivia has never known who her father is. She is uncertain what will happen to her if her mother dies. Who will she live with? What will life be like without her mother? Megan and Olivia have always had a very close bond, they could sense when the other was in pain or trouble. It is a closeness Olivia will miss.
Holly, Jack, Peter and Cruz were Megan's best friends. The reader watches as Megan prepares them for her inevitable death. She decided to stop the medication that would prolong her life. She wants to be remembered as a joyful and loving person not a shell of herself.
As I read this book I was reminded on one of my favorite movies, Beaches. I tried putting myself in Megan's place, would I make the same decisions she made? Would I tell the truth or withhold it? I'm not sure. This book has five key characters; they each have a strong connection. That connection is what makes this tale so special. Melissa Foster has done a superb job of placing just the right emphasis on the drama of the situation. Foster took a paint brush and dipped it in words to paint a beautiful canvas.
Before you start reading Megan's Way, I suggest you set a box of tissue next to your chair. You will need them.