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Book Review – Against All Odds by Angie McKeon

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Not one day on this earth is promised to you. Young or old, tomorrow is never a guarantee. After facing unimaginable loss how do people go on? How do they pick up the pieces and carry on with their lives when they know nothing will ever be the same?

“Reality is a cold slap in the face.”

Against All Odds is a story about grief and loss. About trying to pick up the shattered pieces of your soul and finding a way to survive that loss. Kylie and Cooper had it all. Great jobs, beautiful house, perfect marriage and a baby on the way. Their world implodes on one horrendous day and they struggle to find a way to come back from it. In their struggle, they make huge mistakes that they don’t ever know if they will be able to move past.

I have often wondered, after seeing a show on tv, or seeing something come up on my facebook feed, how you would ever endure the loss of a child. It is, without a doubt, a true living nightmare. Nothing could ever compare to that level of loss. Most will never have to experience that and I personally never have and hope to god I never do. It’s not even a thought I could ever entertain, because I just don’t think I could survive it. Therefore, I would never judge the things people do to find the strength to carry on afterwards. You have to do whatever you can to keep going, keep living, so I didn’t find Kylie and Cooper’s choices all that shocking.

“Our lives are f-ked. We’re too tortured to face these problems. Our hearts aren’t just broken – they’re shattered, the splintered pieces never to be whole again.”

This book is not for everyone. It deals with some pretty serious issues and some of those issues will be too much for some readers. Kylie and Cooper agree to an open marriage to try and find a way to lessen the burden of their grief when they are unable to turn to each other. I know there are people who view this as cheating but I felt like they were both consenting adults who agreed to this, so it was above board. They do eventually find their way back to each other but it’s all very bittersweet.

This was a rough book to read and I think I will probably avoid books like it in the future. There really was no happy ending – how could there be? They did find a way to come back together and love again. They moved on and were happy, but even the ending felt grey to me. I had trouble mustering good feelings about it. It was well written and I’m glad I read it, but the whole thing just ended up being too bleak for me. I’m a shiny, sparkly, happily ever after kind of person. That’s not to say that others won’t enjoy it. I’m sure there are many readers out there that will enjoy this book. If it sounds like your kind of thing then it’s definitely worth checking out!

“You’re in everything I see and hear. You’re my sun in my darkened sky. The light in what’s left of my empty soul.”

 

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