It is rare to read a book with main characters that are elderly. They are usually supporting characters, or older in the beginning, but most of their story is told through a flashback. The Evergreen Life Experiment was not that at all. It is a book filled with main characters that are all living in a retirement facility. They are all 75 years or older, and it is wonderful to see a focus on this generation!
How I Felt:
This story was so much fun! A group of live-in residents for an elderly community are given the opportunity to take a pill that will stop and possibly reduce the signs of aging. There are quite a few people that jump at the chance immediately, while others are skeptical and choose not to take it. As the results start to show on some of the characters, others want to join in and agree to take it as well. The Evergreen Life Experiment focuses on each character’s individual history and experiences leading up to and after taking this new trial drug.
What I Loved: The way this book made me think I knew what I would do, then change my mind, and re-think, and re-think again. I was torn between two perspectives of these families and I agreed with both of them.
How I Felt: I felt such sadness for each of the families. Their situations were unthinkable, yet understandable, keeping me up at night trying to find out what happened. Finishing the last page of this book, I felt such a love for this book. The author was able to write this story with such a realistic view, I felt like I was right there with each family.
To Read or Not To Read: A definite must-read. It’s a thought-provoking book, which had me having dinner conversations over what I would do!
The story takes us through the IVF (in vitro fertilization) process for two women, Cameron and Avery. We follow their elation and joy at finding out they are pregnant, their struggles with morning sickness and tired bodies while pregnant, and their birth stories. Then, the unthinkable happens, Cameron and her husband Andy, realize their daughter has a blood type that does not match theirs. This baby is not their genetic child. Tests confirm Cameron has carried Avery’s genetic baby, while Avery carried Cameron’s.
What now? What would you do? I kept asking myself these questions throughout the entire book. Avery and her husband had their baby a few weeks early and have started to bond with their child, while Cameron and Andy discover the problem soon after birth, choosing to keep the baby at a distance until they can switch babies. This turns out to be harder than Cameron and Andy would have thought, as Avery and Graham would like to keep the baby they have. This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions and keeps you wondering what will happen next. It is a book that I recommend to everyone!
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.