Jane's Reviews > Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life

Don't Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley
Rate this book
Clear rating

F 50x66
's review
Oct 03, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

As the mother of an extremely allergic daughter and as a long-time fan of Sandra Beasley (since she spent a small fraction of her junior year excelling in my class), I completely enjoyed this book. Sandra explains everything you ever needed to know about allergies, and more than I ever knew. Having observed my daughter break out in hives when the wrong food touched her lips, I can vouch for the veracity of Sandra's descriptions of her allergic reactions. She is a very brave woman who, when I knew her, never complained about her disability but took part in all the school activities with intelligence and energy. I cringed when I read about her having to pass up on birthday snacks shared at school, for I always encouraged (and enjoyed) such tasty celebrations. Sandra's wonderful sense of humor permeates the book but doesn't detract from the impression of danger the reader takes away. People die when they are not careful, and Sandra has had more than her fair share of close calls. On a more personal note, I remember the high school boyfriend Sandra describes, and seeing that relationship from her perspective was fun. I learned quite a bit about her experiences at UVA and after college, so reading the book was like a mini-reunion with Sandra herself. Sandra worries that if she has children she'll not be able to parent them properly. Sandra, you will be a wonderful mom, just as your mom was.
1 like · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Don't Kill the Birthday Girl.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-4 of 4) (4 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Erin (new)

Erin Sciortino did you like this book?

Jane Yes!

message 3: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi Woods Great review! It's so cool that you taught future authors!

Sara I felt for her when I read about how she thought her allergy issues would affect a future family. Sandra I hope everything works out for you!

back to top