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A Silver Medalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Award Contest, The Wonder of Ordinary Magic introduces us to one of fiction's most unique main characters, Bobby Weaver, a young writer who just happens to be in a coma. Deteriorating both physically and mentally while still painfully aware of what's going on around him, Bobby continues to work on the murder mystery he was wri ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by LILLI J.Day
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Martha Bryce
Feb 20, 2012 Martha Bryce rated it it was amazing
The Wonder of Ordinary Magic ***** of ***** I had intended to give this book 4 stars but when I could not get it out of my head, I had to give it 5!
Lilli Jolgren Day

Family. The interplay and interweaving of lives in an extended family are fascinating. The loveliest voice in The Wonder of Ordinary Magic belongs to Chloe, a rather precocious and endearingly precious little girl who connects the adults’ lives in a magical way. There’s nothing traditionally magical about Chloe, she doesn’t sprout wi
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Laurie Carlson
This book is brilliantly written! It is very well thought out and very well executed! It's quite something to read a story about a man, Bobby Weaver, a successful author prior to this coma, who is completing his novel while in a coma, and then to read about this same man as a person who happens to be in a coma, and loved very much by his family.
I have to say I really enjoyed where this story took place! It took place in Detroit and the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. There were many references to
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Libby Unruh
Sep 23, 2012 Libby Unruh rated it really liked it
I loved most of this book, and the twist at the end definitely took me by surprise. I found the characters to be thoughtful, authentic, and mildly humorous. At times the abrupt changes in perspective were confusing, but overall, a very enjoyable read. I would have liked to read several more chapters before the end.
Tia Bach
Mar 03, 2012 Tia Bach rated it really liked it
Bobby Weaver is struggling to write his latest novel and deal with the aftermath of a horrible accident. To top it off, he’s in a coma. The story is told not only from his point of view, but from several other family members’ perspectives.

Each family member is dealing with their own issues and facing Bobby’s deteriorating condition. They’ve all dealt with loss and are struggling to find their way. So much so that the novel ends up being about all of them, almost a collection of mini-novels.

The
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Pam
Dec 11, 2011 Pam rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The whole concept of it is so unusual and so compelling. The man character is Bobby. What makes Bobby special is that he is in a coma. He is fully conscious, but unable to communicate. This was immediately intriguing to me…what would it be like to be in a coma, where you knew what was going on around you?

“So this morning, Chloe was standing so close to me I could feel the warmth of her breath on my cheek, and I could smell the Cheerios she had eaten for breakfast. I miss cer
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Colleen
Dec 10, 2012 Colleen rated it it was ok
This book was disappointing, all kinds of promise but unfulfilling. I love the idea -- experiencing the lives of various family members with one member (the one in a coma) being the "home base" --but it fell short of providing a cohesive picture. As is typical with this mode of storytelling, we are intermittently welcomed into the lives and thoughts of each family member. And as the story progresses we see how their lives impact one another's, where they come together and where they diverge. Unf ...more
LindaW
Jan 14, 2012 LindaW rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
After reading the Kindle sample of this book, I wanted to read more. So I downloaded the Kindle version for $0.99! This is the first Kindle book I will read on my iPad with the Kindle app. Finished. Would give it 3.5-4 stars. I loved the writing and the way all the members of the family were presented. The story revolved around matters of life and death - the recent death of a loved wife and mother and the barely alive comatose brother. We see how each character from the aging, widowed father to ...more
Candice
Apr 12, 2013 Candice rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, I cannot tell you how much this book irritated me. The story is about a guy named Bobby, who is in a come. We get his viewpoint on how it's going in his mind and then also a story he is composing in his head (he is an author). We also get the viewpoint of several of his family members. We know he is married yet we never get the viewpoint of his wife so you know something is up with that. And the thing that is up with that really really angered me because it is a cheap ploy to pull on your he ...more
Adri
Apr 13, 2013 Adri rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is fresh, funny, sad, and filled with ordinary magic. I loved Bobby, the focal point of the story, and Chloe, his adorable little niece.

Throughout the story one hopes that Bobby will come out of his coma even though the signs are there right from the beginning that he won't. There is a lot of contemplation in the book and there is always the chance that it may veer off into sentimentality, but it never does.

This was such a lovely surprise and I will definit
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Frank
Mar 26, 2012 Frank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Please Write more !
Very well written story, with character that do not sin of being purely archetypal, and drag you into the minds ( literally ) only to engage you in a powerful reading. while fiction this book evokes a real reflection on life, and relativity of existence. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone regardless of what your favorite genera is(A must read).
Kelly Gressley
May 03, 2012 Kelly Gressley rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book - made me laugh and be sad.
Robert Zimmermann
Feb 14, 2012 Robert Zimmermann rated it liked it
I chose to read the book The Wonder of Ordinary Magic due to the summary given above. I was intrigued by the idea of a character being in a coma, and of being inside the head of that character. So often there is a character in a coma, but they aren’t much of a big part of the story other than another object in the room. Getting to see what might be going on in the mind of a patient in a coma could be interesting, and then throw in the fact that he is a writer trying to finish up his book, I defi ...more
Karen
Dec 17, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Good writing
Leslie
May 05, 2013 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that I downloaded this book by accident. I was trying to download a book about a witch. The magic in this book is not from witchery but from family unity. I will also have to admit that I had to read the ending three times before I really understood it. I was tired at the time, but I'm not sure I would have understood it even if I had of been fully focused. I didn't especially like the ending but it did make sense. There are a few too many characters and the book jumps around so qui ...more
Teresa
It pains me to give this book a 3 star review because it had such flashes of brilliance. It had passages that read almost like poetry, and was sprinkled throughout with bits of life's wisdom. But, I don't feel that the story pulled together at the end. I had too many questions about what the author was trying to do with this story. There were too many small things that hinted at a final cohesiveness... that never arrived.

The end really didn't bother me--though bittersweet, I felt pretty sure abo
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Care
Oct 21, 2011 Care rated it liked it
Can I split the difference of what I rated it on Amazon to award this a 3.5 slice-o-pie? Extra whipped cream, then. i liked the readability, the likable characters, especially Chloe, the four year old! Kept thinking something bad was going to happen but it was only the layering of everyday life stresses with the need to appreciate the good; reminding the reader that every day is precious. Interesting story within a story and the -- spoiler!! The fact that some characters are mentioned only throu ...more
PennsyLady (Bev)
Jan 13, 2015 PennsyLady (Bev) rated it really liked it
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3.5 ★

Bobby Weaver is a young writer, currently in a coma.
He "comments on life about him" and continues to work on the murder mystery he was writing before "the accident".
Day-in-the-life vignettes of his family explore the life left behind.
Especially interesting is his interaction with 4 year old niece, Chloe and her flow of thought and communication with Uncle Bobby.

The epilogue of this debut novel continue with other ethereal aspects of Bobby's state of being.

" It is a reminder that we ha
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Becca
It was okay but about 50 pages longer than necessary. The ending came out of nowhere and I am not sure it fit at all. It sort of felt like she wrote the story and then tacked that on as a last minute thing. Bobby in the coma and Bobby's novel were the only parts that I thought were very interesting. Everyone else's stories were way too boring to go on for so long. Nice idea, but I want the hours I spent reading this back. At least it had a few good quotes.
Meade
Mar 18, 2013 Meade rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-free
I had a mixed reaction to this book; some parts I liked very much and others, well, not so much. It's not necessary to belabor the points that annoyed me because most of them are a matter of personal opinion and don't generally detract from the story (and others may not notice). Overall worth reading.
Kelley King
Apr 04, 2013 Kelley King rated it liked it
What a wonderfully written book, The look into Bobbys mind while in the coma, and into each characters struggles is amazing. Chloe seems to be the glue that holds them all together. I would have liked to heard a little more about them after Bobby to see if they found the comfort and peace they needed. Too many stories were left unfinished. But overall a wonderfully written story.
Barbara
It was interesting enough to keep me reading, or listening actually, on my Kindle. A guy in a coma is writing a novel in his head. Each chapter is told from the standpoint of each of his family members. Only near the end is the reason he is in the coma revealed.
Christine Hudson
Jul 21, 2015 Christine Hudson rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Parts of this book were amazing and parts were just ok. The overall story was good but it had the potential to be great. When I picked it up the description sounded so good. It left me felling flat. The ending was too abrupt. Left me with lots of questions.
Megalion
Apr 01, 2013 Megalion rated it really liked it
Interesting ensemble of first person experiences including that of a 4 yr old and a man in a coma.

Was a free Kindle download for me
Annie Nebel nennig
4 stars......was a little difficult to keep the characters in order, and I felt the story needed to be developed more than it was. But otherwise, it was a satisfactory read.
Telps
Oct 05, 2013 Telps rated it really liked it
A good read. I did not expect the ending. I have to admit I enjoy books whose ending takes me completely by surprise.
Nancy
Apr 18, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it
Enjoyable & easy read. I never expected the ending though!
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LILLI JOLGREN DAY is a photographer and newly minted author who was born and raised in Michigan. While she is thrilled to have recently won a silver medal in the 2012 Readers Favorite Award Contest her most precious tribute is still the whimsical portrait of a stick figure mom inside a big pink heart drawn many moons ago by one of her children proclaiming, "Mom I know is a good mom. I love you mom ...more
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“He felt lighter than he had in weeks, and he realized that the monster he had been running from wasn’t really a monster after all. It was simply that place in the heart that holds the measure of your history, the joy and the grief, the laughter and the tears, the magic and the wonder; all the ingredients that add up to the story of a life well lived.” 17 likes
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In silence if falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
The world of the flower, the whold of the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flowr, the truth of the blosson:
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