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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  41 ratings  ·  26 reviews
In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn't enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother's illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, sh ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2011 by Authorhouse
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Rose
There are probably many things I could say about "Slipping Reality" - I have to commend Emily Beaver for writing a story like this at fourteen years old and then daring to put it to publication, but to be honest, the writing leaves so much more to be desired, even with its tough subject matter. I'll be honest in that I'm probably spoiled from reading quite many books that center around characters with cancer that have far more lyrical, emotional, and imaginative depth than this one - the latest ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
It would be a lie to say that there aren’t many books that leave me crying my eyes out, but there certainly hasn’t been any recently. This changed when I reached the end of Slipping Reality. I was so affected by this book and I simply loved how rich and raw it left me. I knew the ending, I knew what was coming and yet, at the same time, I did not expect it to affect me quite so much. It is, just as Katelyn herself comments, that even when watching your favourite movies and you know what is going ...more
Jill Elizabeth
My review copy of Slipping Reality was generously provided by the good folks at JKS Communications on behalf of the author, Emily Beaver.

Slipping Reality. The title literally says it all. Katelyn Emerson's life kind of sucks. Seriously. Her brother - her best friend and confidant - is dying of cancer before her very eyes. She is stuck in an otherwise boring and average teenage world in which she is always and forever known as the-girl-with-the-sick-brother. So what does she do to deal? She devel
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Elizabeth B
I was discussing this book with some librarian friends and we were all trying to decide the best approach on how to review it. We were honestly surprised at the number of stars people were giving it and then clarity hit us: the author was only 14 at the time of writing this. No one wants to discourage a future writer and kindness tends to influence us reviewers no matter the situation. Since we had no idea of the author's age our discussion was much more brutal than will likely show through here ...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archive... (3/29/12)

This book was a hard one for me to read. I have never experienced the loss of someone as close as a sibling; in fact, I’ve only lost one of my four grandparents. That’s the extent of my experience with death. Because of that, it’s hard for me to understand Katelyn. She spends the novel in denial about her brother’s disease. She ignores it – him – because it’s easier for her.

She retreats into a world her mind has created because it’s h
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Sheree
Having experienced a grief so overwhelming I wondered whether I'd ever glue the broken pieces of myself back together, I felt the concept behind Emily's book was a beautiful, haunting one and particularly meaningful to me. How tempting, Katelyn's escape from the grim reality of life, comforted by your imagination, escape from pain in a fantasy of your own creation.

14 year old Katelyn's imaginative world with Tristan & Cedric fast became her reality, robbing her of precious time she could hav
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Kari Anderson
From Goodreads:
In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn’t enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother’s illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn’s grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the st
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to thank JKS Communications and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. I had heard mixed reviews on this book and I decided I needed to read it for myself. This book deals with death and facing reality after the death.

For Katelyn her brother Matthew means the world to her. So when he is diagnosed with cancer she is devastated and retreats into herself creating an alternate world.In this world her brother is not sick and she meets two guys. They are there to guide her and
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AmandaSOTP
It took me longer than planned to read this book, but sometimes life gets in the way. For Emily Beaver, and her character, Katelyn, life got in the way of her normal life as well. The story is told from a young girl's perspective as she deals with the finality of her brother's battle with cancer. She finds escape in her imagination, although at times, her fiction is so believable, you begin to wonder what's real and what's not. Beaver's writing is amazing, but you don't discover that until you a ...more
Katya
Also found here.

Katelyn's brother is dying. He's been dying for three years, but this time it's very bad. She knows that, and thinks she's ready, but apparently, her mind doesn't agree, because she starts to have hallucinations. Two men, Tristan and Cedric, who start off as figments of her imagination, suddenly gain lives of their own and begin interacting with her. As Katelyn's brother gets worse, she dives deeper into her imaginary world, choosing her fictional stories over the real world.

It'
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Nina
Not sure how to review this oneWhen I read the summary of Slipping Reality, I immediately loved the concept of a girl making up her own reality to “hide” from her real life. Unfortunately I didn’t love the rest of the book as much, but it was still a very interesting read.

I had a hard time relating to Katelyn. She understandably has a hard time dealing with everything going on in her life, as things has gone downhill since her brother was diagnosed with cancer three years ago, but I just didn’t
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Lacey
First Thoughts:

This was definitely a book filled with creativity and the stages of grief, at times it was realistic and others on the other end of the spectrum where I wasn’t sure what was real and what wasn’t. This is a book that will definitely question sanity and whether there really is a plane where reality and the imagination touch. This is one book I will always remember.

Plot:

The plot was abnormal, though this book held all of the elements of a normal plot it varied in ways that other book
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Jessica
I'm going to ramble a bit in this review, mainly because I'm so torn on how exactly to share with you my feelings about this book. Reading Slipping Reality really makes you think about how to fairly judge a book written by a young author. Should I take her 14 year old age at the time into account? Is that fair? So I'm going to try to be as succinct and fair as possible in explaining my rating for this book.

First off I have to say that I loved the concept of Slipping Reality. In it we meet Kately
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Liz Winn
Having a loved one suffer from a terminal illness isn’t as dramatic as you would think, says 14-year-old Katelyn Emerson. At least, not on a day-to-day basis. Based on the author’s own heartbreaking story, Slipping Reality chronicles the struggles of Katelyn Emerson, a 14-year-old girl whose brother is dying from cancer. She sees her life as a “purgatory”. Nothing ever changes. For the last three years, her brother’s condition has been unpleasant but endurable, so she invents two imaginary frien ...more
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
This book was a little different than what I've read before, but it was still familiar. I liked how Beaver was able to entangle real life issues, and throw in a little more into it.

She really made me believe in the character's and got me into Katelyn's mind. And there was the brother as well, who despite being faced with a life-threatening illness, he has a little spark of life in him still. The character's come out and pull the reader's in through these difficult times when someone as young as
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Lisa Mccombs
Slipping Reality
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite
Katie should be a typical teenage girl doing typical teenage girls things; and to her peers she is. She goes to school where she tolerates biology class, aces English class (she's already read all the assigned novels) and excels in art class. One would think that she and her best gal pal share an exciting high school social life, but at the end of the school day, Katie goes home to an atmosphere of sadness and anxiety. Katie's brother
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Brittany Rehage
Alright. This review is going to be a bit difficult to write.

The emotion of this book is astounding and it was easy to connect to and feel. Beaver wrote honestly and didn't try to cover anything up. She laid it all bare and it was raw. The ending was tough to read, even though it was easy to see coming (and I mean that in a good way.)

I have a bit of a personal tie with this kind of story; however, my perspective is closer to that of Matthew's. It was enlightening to get a glimpse into what the
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Anncleire
“I don’t believe there is ever a reason to love someone. The best kind of love is without a reason” Tristan looked far away.

“Slipping reality” l’ho richiesto convinta che sarebbe stato un libro speciale. E così è stato, il livello emozionale è altissimo e ho letto le ultime pagine con le lacrime agli occhi perché non si può restare indifferenti ad una storia simile, anche e soprattutto perché è tratta dalla vita vera.

Katelyn ha quattordici anni è una ragazzina come le altre se non per il fatto c
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Kayleigh
I guess I have no real right to reviee this book, as I gave up 20% of my way through, however I am still going to share my opinion.

The author was only 14 when she wrote this book, but despite an extraordinary talent for writing, at her reasonably young age, she should of waited til she was even more skilled before realising her debut into the world.

I believe that Emily Beaver is arguably a great writer, however she lacks consistency in the in the quality of writing.
The majority of the 20% I read
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Gina
WOW, this was one interesting book. I have often found myself daydreaming about how things in my life might be different, relationships when I was younger. Marriage and parenthood when that time came etc. But I've never seen it quite like Emily Beaver describes it. The depth of characters in the book is so intriguing. I felt for Katelyn with the life at home concentrating on her brother and his illness. I understood the bond of friendship she shared with each of the friends she had in her life, ...more
Brianne
Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver is a coming of age story about fourteen year old Katelyn, who goes through tremendous heartbreak over her brother's terminal illness.



Slipping Reality is an honest and a hauntingly beautiful look at the lives and mindset of a family going through such a painful hardship. A perfect novel to help anyone going through loss. Having lost my father from complications to Diabetes, I can completely relate to this story. The writing style was a bit difficult for me at time
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Claire
This novel made me very emotional. In the face of a horrible reality, is it okay to slip away into your imagination?

Katelyn's brother Matthew has been dealing with terminal cancer for 3 years. Her way of coping is to escape into her imagination, where she has two friends, who support her.
As Matthew gets worse, she delves deeper into this fantasy world she has created, until she can no longer tell what is real and what is not.

I found it slightly strange that the love interest for this story was b
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Marissa DeCuir
I still can't believe this author was only 14 when she wrote this! I mean, don't get me wrong - it's the perfect portrayal of a 14-year-old girl - but it's just written so well. Way to go Emily Beaver for showing adults that teens can write too! This is a fantastic book to help anyone going through grief or the family member of someone battling a life-threatening disease. The author lost her brother to cancer, and this book is a fictional story of a young girl going through the same - but this g ...more
Julie Schoerke
Jan 03, 2012 Julie Schoerke rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens, Dealing w/ Grief/cancer, YA
This is one of the most amazing books I've read in a long time. A 14-year-old wrote it and penned it beautifully. This novel, about a girl losing her best friend and older brother, is very much inspired by Emily Beaver's own life. It's honest, it'll make you cry but it's ultimately uplifing. There are plenty of adults who write from a teen's perspective about death and loss, but Emily wrote it as a teen as she was going through it. I don't care how old you are or what genres you gravitate toward ...more
Nicole
Slipping Reality is a great coming of age story that is sure to keep my students reading and wanting more. The cover is what fist grabbed my attention. Then after reading that the book dealt with a main character dealing with hardship and heartbreak I knew I had to read it to see if it was something that I could put into my library for my students. Novels with these topics tend to hook my readers in. The book is certainly a great read and worth having not only in my library but personal library ...more
Crystal
The emotion was definitely there. It's raw and very easy to connect with. That being said, there were ups and downs to the writing. While the heart is there, there are technical things that could be brushed up. It would also help if there were less references to pop culture and less attention paid to mundane activities.
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Emily Beaver first wrote the title "Slipping Reality" at fourteen years old. A dedicated writer since the age of eight, she had always dreamt of publishing a novel in her teenage years, and it was the death of her brother Matthew that gave her the courage. Emily is currently a senior in high school, and her work can be seen in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book" various magazines, and thi ...more
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