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Love Anthony

Love Anthony - Lisa Genova I was SO excited to read this book, possibly a little too excited. I'd seen an endless string of five star reviews on Goodreads, and so I ordered a copy on Chapters without even reading the summary. If it's Lisa Genova, it's gotta be awesome, right? I devoured both Still Alice and Left Neglected, so I had very high hopes for this book.Then, I happened to be looking around on the Chapters website and saw that she was coming to do a signing in Vancouver. IT IS SO RARE THAT AN AUTHOR THAT I LIKE EVER COMES TO VANCOUVER! So I was even more excited. I waited anxiously for my copy to arrive in the mail and it FINALLY arrived the day before the signing. My husband and I braved the rain to head downtown to hear Lisa speak and have my new book signed.Lisa talked about how she came up with the storyline (it's loosely based on her cousin's son's story) as well as her writing process for creating a story about autism. I returned home from the signing eager to jump in and devour another incredible story.Love Anthony is different from her other books, which is perhaps why I didn't love the story as much as I had hoped that I would. Both of her other books were very medically-driven storylines, and the reader really learns a lot about the subject material through Lisa's incredible way of breaking down neuroscience so that it's accessible for the average reader (i.e. me, who doesn't have a scientific bone in my body). But Love Anthony is definitely more of a feelings story, as one woman struggles to come to terms with the death of her autistic son while another woman struggles to come to terms with the end of her marriage. Both women's stories are told in alternating chapters and we learn, slowly, how their lives are destined to come together. Usually I love stories where the characters end up meeting, and there's a great tying together of the plot, but Love Anthony just felt ... a little forced at times. This may be due to the fact that I was expecting more from the book but the story just didn't wow me as much as her previous two books did. With that being said, it's still a great story and full of heartfelt emotions. I'm glad that I met Lisa and had the opportunity to hear her speak about her writing process and her personal connections to the story, as that experience definitely helped me to love the story a little bit more.Review also posted at: http://writergrrlreads.blogspot.ca/2012/11/love-anthony-lisa-genova.html