Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Chances Are by Traci Hunter Abramson

Chances Are 

My Source: I borrowed it from the library
Published: March 2014, 245 pages
Description: Maya Gupta is a survivor. After escaping an impending arranged marriage in India as a teenager, she has thrived in America. But now she faces her greatest challenge yet—cancer has invaded her life, and unless she finds a way to participate in a clinical trial in Washington, DC, this may be one battle she loses. When Maya’s best friend Kari offers Maya the lifeline of a place to stay—her brother’s currently vacant DC apartment—the young woman eagerly accepts and goes to meet her fate . . .

Ben Evans’s plans have changed, and he’s heading home for some much-needed rest and relaxation during his off-season in the major leagues. Upon arriving at his DC apartment, however, Ben is shocked to find Maya—his sister’s friend, who he hardly knows—in residence. He soon finds himself trapped between protecting his above-reproach reputation and searching for a way to help a woman he is coming to admire. When Maya’s fight to survive her disease becomes more complicated than ever, she and Ben scheme an extreme solution to her predicament that tests to what lengths they’re willing to go together to save Maya’s life.

My Review: When I was a teen, I loved to watch movies (like Beaches or My Life) and read books (like Lurlene McDaniel) that made me cry. I loved to see a story unfold about a doomed couple or person and just sob my heart out. Now that I'm older, that's not my most favorite thing to do--in fact, I hate to cry. I saw this book arrive on the shelves and thought, "It's one of those teen books that I used to love so much" and I didn't rush to pick it up. Wow, was I wrong in waiting! This one was amazing! Yes, there were some sad parts, but they weren't overwhelming. I wasn't grieved, I was full of hope and completely engrossed in the story.

Maya has had a lot to deal with in her young 20 years. She is now fighting for her life and does so with such grace and dignity. Her best friend, Kari, offers a way to help her out of a hopeless situation--she can stay in Kari's brother's apartment while he's living in LA during the baseball off-season. But Maya finds herself in quite a predicament when he decides to move back home and back into his apartment, completely unaware that Maya is living there. Determined to protect his squeaky clean image and to help Maya out, he comes up with an unusual plan--a crazy one, but one that just might work.

I completely fell into this story and loved every minute of it. I loved the sweet, sincere, and unselfish nature of Maya. I loved the confident, caring, and personable image that Ben was and portrayed. This book is completely different and opposite of any of this author's other books. My only wish was that the ending wouldn't have been so rushed. I felt that it was a little abrupt and I'm not sure if that's because there will be a companion book to this one to fill some cracks in or if this is it. I really, really hope there's more!

Content: no language or violence; kissing. Clean!

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