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A story about the strength of one woman and the power of her relationship with her daughter as they overcome life's obstacles.

She’s been on her own for so long that when Darci Thompson’s 12-year-old daughter, Taylor, is diagnosed with a life changing illness, she must push past her self imposed walls to prove that Diabetes won’t define them.

With the help of new friends an
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ebook, 189 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Ink Blot Communications
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Jillian Dodd
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like reading about strong women and how they will do anything for their children.
This was such a great story. I really connected with the main character, who is working hard to raise her daughter alone after her husband died a few years ago. Everything is rolling along pretty well for the two of them. Her daughter is smart, athletic and a good kid. Then they find out the daughter has diabetes and it rocks their world. Her daughter is in the hospital. Her job is in jeopardy. She's afraid she caused the disease. Once she figures out that she can't go it alone, that it's okay t ...more
Bette Crosby
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I was truly touched by the story and it is one I will long remember. Sugar Crash is the heartfelt story of how a single mom deals with her teenage daughter's attitude when it turns out to be more than just attitude. In addition to an escalating on-the-job problem, Darci Johnson is now faced with something that can change her daughter's life forever. Darci is portrayed in such way that I found myself wanting to have someone like her for a friend. The book is rich and sometimes ...more
Kent
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This sort of book isn't really my thing, but I have found that I'm often most interested in female characters, especially those that struggle. Elena Aitken portrays a solid, developing character here in Darci (the protagonist). I actually expected more conflict between her and some of the secondary characters, but after reaching the end of the story it is evident that the main conflict in Darci's life is with herself. And really, isn't this usually the case with most of us? I guess that's tellin ...more
Cori
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sugar Crash is by local author, Elena Aitken. You may recall I reviewed her first book, Nothing Stays in Vegas, several months ago.

Darci is a widow and mother to almost teenaged Taylor. When Taylor suddenly becomes a much different kid than usual, alarm bells go off for Darci and she rushes her to hospital where she is diagnosed with diabetes. Sugar Crash is a tale of coping and acceptance. Of dealing with the misconceptions and intolerance of others and, above all, in coming to terms with doin
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Angela Wallace
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sugar Crash is about more than a mother and daughter learning to live with diabetes; it's about learning to lean on others in times of need. As a Type 1 diabetic myself, I definitely related to the daughter's struggle, but I was surprised to find that it was the mother, Darci's story that broke my heart. Knowing my own mother must have gone through the same emotions gave me a new perspective on one of the most emotionally wrenching times of my life. Most people can't understand if they haven't b ...more
Stephanie
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
This is a story of a mom name Darci whose daughter Taylor is diagnosed with Diabetes. Darci is a single mother who works hard to provide her daughter with a good life and the reality of her daughter’s illness is hard for her to come to grips with. Taylor is a soccer player and she and her mom struggle with a women-once a friend-not accepting Taylor’s illness and wants her to step down from the team.

It’s truly amazing the prejudices and fear people have over diabetes. This story gives you a clea
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Margaret
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I know in my life, I have a hard time asking for help, especially from people outside of the family. So I can empathize with the main character, Darci. She has it all under control. She is the perfect mother even though she is a single parent, and she is perfect at her job. She doesn't need help and she doesn't ask for it. One does not interfere with the other and that is all that is important. Until tragedy strikes and her daughter gets sick.

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Della
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very cute book that deals with very real issues of juvenile diabetes. The mom in this book is really strong but I hate when people don't rely on friends. Of course she learns this by the end of the book but it aggravates me. The "love story" part was obvious from the start and you figure out they end up together pretty quick but watching them get there is good. Plus I love that they fit running into the story as a great stress reliever and as a way to raise money for charities. Definitely would ...more
Diana Murdock
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You won't want to miss this one.

I was truly impressed with the way Ms. Aitken handled the subject of new-onset diabetes so well. It wasn't a sappy or tragic or a "poor little me" approach, but presented in a sensitive yet "in your face" kind of way.

This is a beautiful and touching story about a family's struggle to deal with the fact that diabetes is now part of their lives, for it doesn't only touch the afflicted, but everyone around them. Bravo, to this author and her insight!
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Judy
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A wonderful story about a mother as she struggles to understand her daughter's newly diagnosed disease Diabetes. Elena has developed the characters so well you will find yourself crying and cheering with them as they learn about the disease and then teach others about it too. Diabetes is a disease often misunderstood by many and this book does give one some insight to the trials and tribulations people must go through in learning to cope with it. A book everyone should read. ...more
Trish Izzo
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Think good women's fiction with a message. This was an enjoyable read about a woman adjusting to being left by her husband and then finding out her daughter has diabetes. The diabetes awareness message is peppered throughout but in a natural way that does not detract at all from the story.

There was one character who makes a quick turnaround in her attitude at the end, which was the only jarring note in the book.
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Maria
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is a wonderful book that addresses the disease Diabetes. The characters and story line were great. It also demystified the disease Diabetes and helped the reader understand it better. I loved the bond between the mother and daughter as well as the importance of friendship and support.
Leanne Shirtliffe
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful read with believable and endearing characters. Aitken manages to raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes (and money - some profits go towards research) without being preachy. It's a book that will stay with you, even if you finish it in one sitting like I did! ...more
Ashley
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my second book I have read by Elena Aitken and I enjoyed. This was a quick read because it was so well written. The idea behind it was fantastic. It made me think about things in life. I highly recommend this book.
Kris
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Darci is a single mom, whose teenage daughter, Taylor, is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. At first she is over-protective, but eventually lets Taylor take responsibility for her own care. In the process, she opens up and lets others into her own life. An enjoyable read.
Steena Holmes
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. The author was able to pull you into the story while leaving a message behind. A favorite new author of mine! I'll be sure to read more of her titles. ...more
Donna Peake
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
loved this mother daughter team
Donna Bills
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Very good book about Diabetes every one should be aware of it
Michelle
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book. super fast read. The author did a great job of developing a fictional story around a very real disease.
Shay
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sweet book about childhood diabetes. It caught my attention to begin with even though it is probably not the kind of book I would usually read
Jennifer
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing


Cute little book.....
Cindy
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Very entertaining story that also teaches about being diabetic. The mother had a harder time accepting the fact that her daughter had diabetes.
Suzanne
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, medical
A touch too sappy for me.
Maria
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is a great book, it is touching how Taylor who eats healthy 24/7 gets Type 1 Diabetes. It is sad that Susanne told her daughter Jennica not to be friends with Taylor because she has diabetes. Susanne thinks that diabetes is cautasious. It is also sad that when Taylor makes a new friend, Kerri, Kerri know that she is not going to live until she turns into a teenager because she has cancer. Kerri said that Taylor was lucky to only have diabetes. That Taylor could date boys and thry might ...more
Naomi
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
First, the positives of the book. I loved the fact the author is donating proceeds from the book to a Diabetes Research organization. I found the message of the book important...i.e. a diagnosis of diabetes isn't life-ending, simply life altering, incredibly important.

Now my criticisms...given the important topic of this book, I would have loved to see it written from the perspective of the daughter, who was newly diagnosed, but had to go with the way the book was written. I thought because of
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Tania
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a pleasant if predictable story of mother and daughter faced with a daunting new challenge in their lives, and how they work through it. I just wish that more emphasis had been placed on them working together towards a common goal - dealing with diabetes - than for the mother to have turned in so many directions, including - of course - to a man. I think the mother-daughter dynamic had untapped potential and that the romantic relationship was unnecessary and a detractor from the story.

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Jennifer Brown
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not much for needles and anything to do with them, so I didn't know if I should read this book of not at first since it's about diabetes. I'm glad I did! The storyline was good. A few times I wanted to slap the mother for being so dumb, but I think the author did a good job. As a reader, I learned a few things about this disease and enjoyed how the mother and daughter grew up in the novel. There wasn't a big romance in it (at least not to me) which is unusual for my reading, but really dealt ...more
Karry
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and profound

This was so much more than just a story! This book is filled with love, strength, and opening yourself to the unknown. This book is about a young girl who finds out she had Diabetes. It's about a widowed mother who feels like she is all alone dealing with this terrible disease her daughter has. It's about a community coming together to learn about this disease and support the cause in every way they can. It's about healing. Read this book. Educate yourself on Diabetes. Donat
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Trudy Nye
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ironically, Sugar Crash is an overly sweet story about how 12-year-old Taylor and her smother (er, mother) Darci cope with Taylor's diagnosis of juvenile diabetes. Bland dialogue and grammar glitches are also problems. I am grateful it was short.

Two stars may be too generous...I would give this one-and-a-half stars if half-stars were available. I won't be looking for more books by Elena Aitken.
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Nikki
Aug 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Elena Aitken is a USA Today Bestselling Author of more than forty romance and women’s fiction novels. Living a stone’s throw from the Rocky Mountains with her teenager twins, their two cats and a goofy rescue dog, Elena escapes into the mountains whenever life allows. She can often be found with her toes in the lake and a glass of wine in her hand, dreaming up her next book and working on her own ...more

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