Don’t Make Me Turn this Life Around by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was just such an easy, wonderful book to read. Libby feels like a character that you know in real life. She’s easy to connect with, and her story is one that feels so real.

When Libby gets an all-clear that her cancer has not returned, she knows she should feel so excited, elated, ecstatic! And yet, she doesn’t feel that way. She realizes that her life isn’t quite where she thinks it should be, and decides her family needs a vacation back to where her husband and her first met. That vacation doesn’t go quite as planned though, but that may end up being a good thing!

I really enjoyed this story. I loved Libby’s voice. She is a bit insecure, but she knows what she wants, and sometimes just needs a little extra push from someone. I loved her life’s story, and I really connected with her character. The journey she goes on is a bit emotional, but told in a way makes you laugh and think about how your life is going at the same time. I loved it!

I would recommend this to readers that enjoy character-driven stories about life, family, and love.

Where to Find This Book:

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A witty and unexpected novel about a woman trying to keep her family vacation—and yes, her life—from going south by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

It’s been thirteen years since doctors declared Libby Ross-Velasquez a goner. Yet here she is—cancer-free. So why doesn’t she feel more alive?

Sure, Libby’s husband, Shiloh, has been distant. One of their daughters has a serious health condition. And her father’s death hovers over Libby like a rain cloud. Still, this eternal optimist knows she’s the winner of the existential lottery.

But when her forced cheer isn’t enough to keep her family from catching her blahs, she decides to fly them all to Vieques. The Puerto Rican island is where she and Shiloh fell in love—and where she decided to fight for her life after her cancer diagnosis. Where better to put their problems into perspective?

Then a tropical storm strikes. Libby pretends everything’s fine, even as she fears she’s doomed her family. What she can’t see is that the worst disaster they’ve faced may be the best thing that ever happened to them. But first, they have to get through it.

Just the Facts:

Don’t Make Me Turn this Life Around by Camille Pagán
Genre: General Fiction
Page Count: 251 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pub Date: May 11, 2021

Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of seven novels, including This Won’t End Well, I’m Fine and Neither Are You, and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, which has been optioned for film. Her books have been translated into nearly two dozen languages. Pagán has written for the New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; Real Simple; Time; and many other publications. She lives with her family in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

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