While My Sister Sleeps
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While My Sister Sleeps

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  8,860 ratings  ·  779 reviews
Molly and Robin Snow are sisters, and like all sisters they share a deep bond that sustains them through good times and bad. Their careers are flourishing --- Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner --- and they are in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news that Robin has suffered a massive heart attack, she couldn't be more shocked....more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2009)
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More of a 2.5 for me. There was just too much that Delinsky tried to cram into this book--too many people, too many issues. I really didn't feel like I knew the main characters or understood their motives.
Marta hoelscher
Goodness, I had thought this book sounded so good when I read about it. So I contacted the author to see if she'd be kind enough to send me a copy. I have to say that this book is the most amazing book. It's going on my list of favorite books of all time! While the premise of the story is one we've heard before, I could never have imagined the depths that it would uncover. The emotions that it evokes are complex and will have you really feeling a bit raw. All of us have wondered at one time or a...more
My review: Robin is the star athlete of the Snow family. All family activities revolve around her running. Molly is the younger sister, always feeling second best to Robin. Even as an adult, Molly continues to struggle living in Robin’s shadow. It’s not until Robin’s last run, that the Snow family will finally face the reality of their dynamics.

One that fateful day, Molly was supposed to be with Robin during her long run. True to Robin’s fashion, she changed her running plans at the last minute...more
So many of the familiar Delinsky elements are here: a major character thwarted from her career path, a tangled family relationship, sibling tension. This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

What makes this book so wonderful, however, is the tightness of the narrative. It takes place over a very short time (compared to some of her other titles). As each day passes, the tension increases until the characters finally have to make the confrontations they've been dreading.

I have a sister that I love...more
Jun 26, 2009 Rachel rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachel by: Mary
Shelves: 2009, women-authors
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I really didn't like this book. I didn't like any of the characters. The story revolves around a family who owns some famous nursery in New England where they all work except for the oldest daughter who is a famous runner training for the Olympics. She winds up having a heart attack while running which causes severe brain damage. The story basically involves the family members coming to terms with what happened as well as with each other. The characters are painted in such broad strokes that the...more
Elevate Difference
Olympic level marathoner and egotistical Robin Snow does not get along, for the most part, with her less athletic, younger sister Molly, a horticulturist. Though they share a sisterly bond, especially when things go bad for one of them, Molly resents her older sibling’s fame and accompanied gloating haughtiness, so she refuses to run with Robin as she trains. When Robin, running alone, suffers a heart attack that leaves her comatose, Molly feels guilty for not being there for her.

As Robin's heal...more
I just finished this book on my eReader. It was a very good book. Sad and so true. It is about family relations, dementia, life support, heart problems, love, giving up and holding on. This is the second book written by Barbara Delinsky I have read. I can't tell you which was better. Both dealt with family relations and how important that is between sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers.

Robin is the oldest child, she is a runner. She goes out for a run and has an accident. Chris, the only son...more
It's been a while since I gave a book 5 stars, but this one definitely deserves it. Robin Snow is a star athlete and an Olympic hopeful to run the marathon. One day when she's out for her usual run, her life takes a dramatic turn for the worse. This beautifully written story follows each family member's journey through this crisis and shows how they grow, individually and as a family, through this terrible situation. There's a lot going on in this story, but it is beautifully woven and it all ti...more
Michelle Bouchor
This is such a poorly written book. The only reason I keep reading it is to help me fall asleep at night. There is no depth to any of the characters. Sure, there's a bit of conflict between the mother and one of the daughters, but it's on the surface. There is entirely too much conversation going on. We don't get into anyone's head about how they're really feeling or thinking. It's all just shallow talk. I had high hopes for it because I thought the storyline was intriguing, but I'm very disappo...more
Apr 16, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
The Snow sisters - Molly and Robin - are as close as two sisters can possibly be. Like most sisters, the women share a bond that has sustained them through the good times and the bad. Throughout their childhood, and now as adults, the women's love for each other and their friendship has endured, and is just as strong as ever.

Their careers are flourishing - Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner - and they are both in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news...more
Not a bad read, but not a great one either. Robin, the track star in the family, suffers a heart attack while jogging which leaves her brain dead and hooked up to machines. The novel follows the fallout of a family struggling to deal with the trauma and all the secrets Robin had so carefully kept hidden. The book mostly centers on Molly, Robin's very likable sister. Unfortunately, Molly has to deal with Kathryn, their mother, and Kathryn is an absolute bitch.

Upon hearing about Robin's condition...more
Ok.. I dont usually read books like these but when I am bored at the Nursing Home and have want something to do I just stop by their library and pick something out, go back to my office, and slack.

I picked up this book because the story looked ineteresting. Two sisters, a brother, and parents. What I got was a cluster of a book that kept me reading, feeling sorry for the sister who is brain dead, even worse for the sister Molly left to deal with it all.. wanted to shake the brother and father un...more
Mar 02, 2010 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: EVERYONE
OMG, what a good book. I hated to put it down for a while to do anything else, even to get onto Goodreads. What a heart wrenching story with no sugar coating and no surprise "miracle" at the end. The story is told mostly through the eyes of the younger sister that has always come in second to her sister the track star. The younger sister always goes with her sister when she is running/training. One day the older sister changes the time that she normally runs and the younger sister who always kow...more
Mary Panzano
I liked this book, the way the author writes, I found myself eager to read and not wanting to put it down. However I was disturbed to see Teri Schiavo name used in the book and compared to the character in this book, who is brain dead and left going by machines. Teri Schiavo was awake, alive, breathing on her own, and especially loved and wanted by her parents. Yes she did have a feeding tube inserted, because of her possibility to aspirate. Teri Schiavo was starved to death. She was like a chil...more
Wow, what to say about this book? It wasn't my usual type of book, but it was another of those that fell into my lap and I started reading. By the end either I really didn't like any of the characters or I really didn't care about them at all. In fact, the only one I grew to like even marginally was in a coma. (I don't think that's a spoiler, since it's clear from the description that's what the book's about. And how did she get away with using the title? I would've thought that the people who m...more
Now this was a gripping story!!

"Molly and Robin Snow are sisters, and like all sisters they share a deep bond that sustains them through good times and bad. Their careers are flourishing-Molly is a horticulturist and Robin is a world-class runner-and they are in the prime of their lives. So when Molly receives the news that Robin has suffered a massive heart attack, she couldn't be more shocked. At the hospital, the Snow family receives a grim prognosis: Robin may never regain consciousness.

As R...more
I think that how you read this book will be influenced by whether or not you are an only child or have siblings. I always like this author, but this book was a whole 'nother story. The book I read this week is not the same book as it would have been six months ago. My circumstances changed how I read the book. Normally I would have read the book and agreed with other reviews...this is a book about a spoiled woman and how the world revolves around her life and death. But at this time in my life,...more
Diane Chamberlain
I often wish it's possible to give half stars on GoodReads. I enjoyed this book and loved the premise of learning something that was previously hidden about a family member. I think my reason for not giving it five stars is that I didn't care very much about the characters. . . with the exception of Robyn (the comatose sister, I think. I had a terrible time remembering whether Robyn was Molly or Molly was Robyn. Clearly this is MY problem and not the fault of the author, but it reinforced for me...more
The hearth of a winner
Robin e Molly. Due sorelle diversissime tra loro. La prima è un'atleta, dinamica, sicura e decisa. La seconda ama le piante, è molto insicura e vive nell'ombra della sorella maggiore. Una tragedia sconvolgerà le loro esistenze: Robin è colpita da un attacco di cuore mentre si allena. Molly dovrà maturare e crescere, imparando a farsi valere e accettare per quello che è.
Metto 4 stelline per la delicatezza con cui è stato trattato l'argomento della malattia e perchè ho molto...more
Cheryl Lewis
Excellent book! Barbara Delinsky has a way of getting to the heart of the matter, digging deep into the emotions of a family crisis. End of life decisions can be agonizing, causing family members to either pull together or break apart: this author takes the reader through the difficult feelings and the turmoil one must feel once a family member has been diagnosed as being intellectually compromised. Making decisions, discovering hidden secrets kept too long, this novel has you captured early on,...more
Katie {kaitlyn} Maryellen Biggar
while my sister sleeps is a great story about Robin Snow, her sister Molly and the rest of the Snow family trying to cope after Robin suffers a massive heaft attack causing her to go braindead. I rated this book 3 out of five stars because it was very choppy until the last few chapters. I would put it in the category of realistic fiction. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dramatic or tragic novels.
I would have liked to give this 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story of sibling rivalry between the star and Miss Dependable, and the family dynamics we all seem to get stuck with. It was heart wrenching to read about the struggles this family had to endure after a tragic accident and the choices and decisions the family needs to face during a medical crisis.
Ann Mulholland
Excellent book. Molly's sister Robin has had a heart attack and is on life support. What happens while she 'sleeps' was heartbreaking and very well written. This was a very tough read for me since I've lost a sister but I am very glad I found this book
I really liked While My Sister Sleeps. It was well written and I liked all of the characters. Molly was really strong and I could really connect with her. The ending didn't turn out how I expected but nevertheless, it was a pretty good read.
Meh. *Slight spoilers.* Not my genre. Flipped through it on a two or three hour flight. Not bad, but very family drama where it all ends up improbably well in the end, tied up in a neat little bow. The mother character was a witch on wheels in the beginning, with no concept of common sense or decency in how she treated others, which is what turned me off in the beginning. Also the brother was pretty much an ineffectual male. Very namby pamby, letting other people do the heavy emotional lifting....more
I love Barbara Delinsky reading her books are similar to watching a good life time movie
Virginia Markhart
For a Barbara Delinsky book, this was disappointing. I borrowed the audio version from the library and listened to it in the car. It was just so so. Story is of two sisters, one has a heart attack while running and the other has to cope with family and the family 's business. Turns out the sister who had the heart attack was the result of an affair that the mother had prior to meeting the other sister's father. The heart condition that she died from was inherited from the father. There was a lot...more
Writing quality of a soap opera. Blech!
This was the second book that I have read by Barbara Delinsky. I like her writing style. It is easy to be drawn into the story.

This is a story about the Snow family. There is Kathryn (mom), Charlie (dad), Robin (oldest), Chris, and Molly. Robin is a marathon runner and star of the family. She collapses on a run and is found by a man running behind her. He starts CPR and gets her heart going again. Robin has had a heart attack. She is 32 years old. While she is unconscious in the hospital, her fa...more
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