Piece of Mind

By Michelle Adelman

4 out of 5 stars

When Lucy was three, she was hit by a car, causing damage to her brain. Now at 27, she struggles  with executing decisions. It takes her a long time to even figure out that something needs to be done without her mind taking her to some other place. She lives with her father who makes sure she’s on the right path. When he suddenly dies, she ends up living with her younger brother in his little apartment and this throws her into a strange and new world. She walks to the Central Park Zoo and finds an affinity to the polar bear there. She loves to draw, especially the animals. Lucy also loves coffee, which takes her to a little coffee shop and a meeting with the young man working there. It seems he was in a brain injury group that Lucy had just left and he knew about her. They strike up an odd friendship that leads to something more. Is Lucy ready for the next step in life or is she still trying to figure out her place in the world?

With such a serious topic, the book is really a lighter read than I thought it would be. Watching Lucy discover who she really is, is the treat of this book. I was so worried about her in the beginning (without giving anything away), I was very proud of her at the end. It was a joy to receive and a joy to read. It left me feeling very optimistic for Lucy and her brother. I hope that Ms. Adelman revisits her life in a future book.

I happily received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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