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Don't Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley
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Jun 01, 2012

really liked it

Sandra Beasley's first love is poetry, and it shows in her lyrical, flowing prose. She presents a very personal account of life with severe food allergies with a humor and nonchalance that make this book a very enjoyable read. Her stories bring up issues I had never even considered, such as how it feels to be the only kid who can't have a birthday cupcake, how the threat of an allergy attack affects intimate relationships, and how difficult it is to be constantly questioning whether the next bite will land you in the hospital. This book was written for adults but might be enjoyed by teens as well. Those who suffer from life threatening anaphylaxtic reactions will recognize themselves in her story, and teachers, parents, and others who work with people with allergies will find Ms. Beasley's memoir educational.


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