Monday, May 14, 2012

Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver Review

In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn't enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother's illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn's grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver's debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it's least expected. 

My Review
First I would like to thank JKS Communications and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. I had heard mixed reviews on this book and I decided I needed to read it for myself. This book deals with death and facing reality after the death.

For Katelyn her brother Matthew means the world to her. So when he is diagnosed with cancer she is devastated and retreats into herself creating an alternate world.In this world her brother is not sick and she meets two guys. They are there to guide her and help her get over what is really happening. As Matthew condition worsens she goes deeper into her world where the guys are there to help her. In the end she will have to face reality and learn to talk about what she and her family has gone through.

I cried my eyes out while reading this book. I lost a good friend to cancer. When a person is sick it is very hard to find a way to cope with it. Cancer can take a person slowly and that is what happened to Matthew. Katelyn had to watch him go through some tough things and keep a smile on her face so Matthew would not worry. She was so in denial and the family was so in denial that no one noticed Katelyn going down hill. This book is a GREAT read, although it is sad it is something that people deal with everyday.Emily did a great job putting this story together and allowing us to have a glimpse inside a tortured mind. Thank you Emily for sharing this story with us.

My Immortal by Evanescence was talked about in the book and I find it a fitting song. Here is the music video for My Immortal, enjoy it! 

About this author
Emily Beaver first wrote the title "Slipping Reality" at fourteen years old. A dedicated writer since the age of eight, she had always dreamt of publishing a novel in her teenage years, and it was the death of her brother Matthew that gave her the courage. Emily is currently a senior in high school, and her work can be seen in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book" various magazines, and She is also a regular contributor on In addition to writing, Emily loves acting, singing, and knowing Disneyland better than her own school campus. She lives in San Diego, California with her parents Ellisa and Steven, and their two German Shepherds, Rocket and Nala. You can follow her on her website

No comments: