Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In the Mirror” as Want to Read:
In the Mirror
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In the Mirror

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  92 reviews
If you knew you may die soon, what choices would you make?

Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. In the Mirror is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present. It's a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Real You Publishing Group (first published March 5th 2014)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about In the Mirror, please sign up.
Recent Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.61  · 
Rating details
 ·  295 ratings  ·  92 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of In the Mirror
Amy Robinson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. I hated the main character.......I kept thinking "Is it ME? Did I miss like, 30 pages where it was outlined where I was supposed to LIKE HER?" (lets be honest. We all know Cancer Patients who handle themselves with grace and dignity. Not this woman)

(borderline spoiler) I suppose she passed away in the end? I didn't even care. I hope Henry takes up with the Nurse and they live happily ever after.

This book was the equivalent of a really bad 1993 Lifetime movie...the REAL Cheesy
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Cancer, hope, shocking, emotional, why?

I don't know if I will ever be in the right frame of mine to read a "cancer book" as there's just something which is so heart-breaking right from the start. I think it's because the characters are just all quite wonderful. Jennifer Benson in In The Mirror was no exception, and I loved her.

Jennifer was such a strong character all of the way through the book, even when it didn't seem that way on the surface. Sure, she could be a little selfish and sp
Judy D Collins
Kaira Rouda does a superior job with an emotionally charged subject, handling it with delicacy and sensitivity.

A beautifully written novel of one woman's loves; both past and present. Would highly recommend IN THE MIRROR to those families experiencing cancer, or other illnesses, as would be able to relate to the treatments, struggles, turmoil, and emotions.

When you look at the front cover of IN THE MIRROR, you see a woman looking in her rear view mirror, which hints the character would be look
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"We are, no matter how well-adjusted, no matter how happily partnered, and no matter how loved by others, alone."

Apparently I love heartbreaking stories because I always end up reading them. It has to be the intense emotions these books evoke that really draw me in. This book was no exception. It was tragic and extremely sad, but very well written.

Shortly after having her second baby, Jenn was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's been over a year since her battle started and she finds herself
The first half of the book; three, three and a half stars

The second half of the book; two stars

Overall; two stars because THE SECOND HALF WAS TOO DAMN FRUSTRATING!!!

So guys, apparently having cancer and feeling lonely totally justifies cheating...

Meet Jennifer. She has cancer. Her journey through cancer, her feelings, her worries, her self-pitying moments made the first half amazing. She had the perfect marriage and the husband but ever since the cancer she feels like all the passion her husband
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
I received a copy of this book thanks to the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, my thanks for the opportunity.

In the Mirror is a special story about a special lady, literally fighting for her life against the unfair ravages of cancer.

Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her death sentence the
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2014-netgalley
When I requested this book from NetGalley, I thought it sounded good but I was also a bit afraid that it would be dark and depressing. But it wasn't at all. Yes, it is packed full of emotions, some sad, some happy and they all will tear at your heart strings.

I found this story to be one that stays with you, meaning that it will make you think. You will put yourself in the main characters position and wonder what you would do and how you would accept the fact that you might or might not beat canc
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
So here we have a book about a young woman with cancer. There's no secret that this is a book designed to tug on your heart strings. And it does exactly that. Despite that, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written. The main character does some really questionable things. She makes some unwise decisions, almost to the point of being over the top. As a reader, I was starting to question what was going on. The author reins it all in and handles it beautifully. A layman in the story ...more
"We're all going to die sometime. Some of us just gets unlucky sooner."

Hmm. This was a good read but there are some parts that kind of dragged and I found it hard to get into the story at first.

Jennifer has cancer. Okay, I don't remember what kind of cancer it was but she had it after giving birth to her second child. She was confined in a hospital and is frequently visited by her loved ones. One day, she then came up with an idea to have a "going-away" party and she invited everyone who had
Jul 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
I DNF this book at 47%. I received it as a book for review through NetGalley and really thought I would love it. But, instead of reading a book about a woman dying of cancer and her relationships, so far it has been a book about a woman in a hospital dying of cancer and having an attraction to every man in the book.

There is her husband, who still loves her, though they are going through a tough time. It is hard for him to have his wife in the hospital and two small children at home, yet he is n
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is a passionately stirring, emotional story of a young mother with an uncertain future as she is diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer Benson is not just a mother, she is also a wife, sister, daughter and dear friend to many. As she struggle through the pain of cancer and the dreadful prospect of dying an early death, she finds enough courage and purpose to cheer the people around her.

The sudden reappearance of her first love jolted her, but it becomes a springboard to lov
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
4.5 stars

When a writer chooses to write about a heavy subject they have to do so beautifully, with honesty, knowledge and sincerity. Rouda was able to capture the characters struggle with the disease and all the horrors, questions. emotions and epiphanies that come with it. In the Mirror was an emotional read that will pull on heart strings. So much so that I had to set it a side a few times, which is sometimes good...when the writer can grab you like make you really feel the characte
Nancy Brady
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received this book as a Shelf Awareness giveaway from the author.

4.5 stars actually--this is a novel of a woman dying of breast cancer, but she decides to celebrate her life with a party. Jennifer is looking back at her relatively short life, but wants to connect with friends and family. Her best friend Ralph, also dying of cancer, spend their days together at Shady Green of the fake-wood floor, and bolster each other. Her first love returns, and Jennifer makes decisions that
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This book will make you laugh and make you cry. You may even see a little bit of yourself in Jenn. Jenn is battling breast cancer and decides to plan a party to celebrate her life. In the midst of the planning, the treatments, and trying to keep some semblance of family with her husband and two children, her ex-boyfriend comes back to town and pays her a visit. It prompts the question.... if you had a chance for a do-over, would you keep the same husband or go back to a former love? This book is ...more
Carly West
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I've got to be honest this book pulled on too many personal emotional strings. It was hard to read but not in the sense that you would think. It was fantastically written.

It poses all those questions.. Why me? Why now? Why why why???

I laughed, I cried out of happiness, sadness, relief, and desperation.

I would recommend to anyone because it's beautiful, brutally, and honestly written. Five stars just isn't enough.
Sally Huss
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the Mirror is an emotionally charged story about a young mom facing the nightmare of serious illness. It is a novel of love, and family, and the importance of friends and family. Balancing sadness and humor, In the
Mirror is an absorbing story of trying to live life when facing the possibility of death.

This is an uplifting story that I believe anyone can relate to and can find meaning from.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I try not to be so critical of books because I know how hard it is to write one. But this was just unbelievable drivel. I don’t know how else to put it. I didn’t care about anyone in the story - they were all so one-dimensional and boring. I’m glad it’s over.
Laurie Carlson
My Take:
5+++ Amazing Stars!
What would you do if you knew you were going to die?
This truly is a beautiful book from start to finish, and will make a perfect Book Club choice! It is chock-full of topics to discuss, and even now after I am done reading this book, I keep thinking about it. This is one book you will not soon forget, and is one of my favorites for 2014.
Given what this book is about, it is still amazing! This author immediately engages us with the characters, their lives, their thought
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it

In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is an emotional and moving novel. It makes you question yourself as to what you would with your life if you found out that you were going to die soon. What choices would you make? Would you risk the life you have now to follow a different path?

Jennifer has it all. She has a great husband, a son, and a baby daughter. However hovering over all of that is the devastating diagnosis of cancer. With no other options Jennifer is staying at an experimental treatment facility
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
What would you do if you knew your death date: would you live your life differently … even if you already had the perfect life?

That is the crux of In the Mirror, a story revolving around Jennifer Benson, whose life is nearly perfect until she receives a diagnosis of deadly cancer and a prognosis that indicates she may be dying rather than living.

As she examines the relationships and choices that make up her world, Jennifer is forced to consider what she would do differently in the time remaining
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Shaz as part of Fiction Addiction Book Tours which I am more than happy to give.
I was drawn instantly to this book by the cover and wasn't disappointed by the words. Hats of to Kaira for sensitively tackling the emotionally charged subject of cancer with compassion and sensitivity. This could so easily have been a sad, depressing book and yes it is sad and I cried buckets but it is also thought provoking and uplifting in a big

In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda tore my heart to pieces! This story follows Jennifer Benson, a daughter, wife, mother who at the age of 34 is dying of an aggressive form of breast cancer. It begins with Jennifer meeting with her terminal friend Ralph who lives with her at Shady Valley (a hospice center). They are discussing, rather morbidly, her need for a party. This party is like a funeral before death. Jennifer wants to meet with the people who meant something to her before she dies and give the

Also posted on This Chick Reads

*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

In the Mirror is the first book by Kaira Rouda that I have read. Not being familiar with her writing style, I didn't have any expectations for this book. The blurb sounded great, and though I'm not the biggest fan of sad stories or stories about sicknesses I decided to give this book a go.

However, whatever it was I was expecting from the blurb, I got something else. The story itself was rath
Kim Ambler
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
In the Mirror is a powerfully gripping story about a young wife and mother battling cancer. I must confess, I spent the first part of this story thinking it was a work of non-fiction (which it is not). So this may have impacted my overall read. Right off the bat, I became very emotionally invested in the main character and her story. However, since this story was so well written and engaging, I probably would have been just as engrossed had I known it was a fictional story.

The emotions and strug
Jennifer Wells Benson is spending her last months of life in a treatment facility called Shady Valley. She has been through almost every cancer treatment available, plus some clinical trials…and while nobody is saying there is no hope, she is planning a big get-together to celebrate her life.

And she is looking back on the life she had. Like in a rear-view mirror.

At home are her beloved family, including her husband Henry, her three-year-old son Hank, and 18-month-old Hannah, who was just an infa
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:

After reading the blurb of this book I knew this was obviously not a happy story. Dealing with cancer is one of the hardest thing a person can suffer, especially if your chances of surviving are almost non existant. And this book narrates Jennifer's story beautifully. It is a raw and cruel reality but it is what it is. From the beginning you understand what Jennifer and her family and friends are suffering.

The fact that she has two sm
Alaina Crosby
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just to preface, since the synopsis could come off this way, if you’re looking for something akin to Nicholas Sparks or some fun, but poignant Chick Lit, this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. Of course, if you’re not afraid of a reality or aren’t triggered by cancer, death, manipulation, or abuse, then definitely stick around!

I just had to add in that exclamation point to lighten up that otherwise possibly wary sentence because it really is an enjoyable book. While it deals with some heav
Heather -
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Mirror by Kaira Rouda
Kindle Version 216 Pages
Approved for Review by Netgalley and Real You Publishing Group for a honest review.

I am honored to be able to read In The Mirror by Kaira Rouda a Lot of this blog is thanks to Kaira's first fictional book Here Home Hope. I must say this is a book is one to pull at your heart strings. I was touched by so many characters within the storyline hook, line, and sinker.

Jennifer Benson was the Thirty something have it all girl, great husband, kids, bo
Jennie Shaw
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for In The Mirror, but I’m sorry to say that it didn’t deliver. The part of the synopsis that piqued my interest was the “realistic love story,” in the midst of a terminal illness but, in my opinion, that isn’t what In The Mirror is about. It’s not a love story; it’s a story about Jennifer and how she’s coping with potentially dying from cancer.

Now, I guess I should say that I’m a bit biased because I have a severe chronic illness, which has given me ample time to reflect on my
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you knew your days were limited, how would you spend them? Would you spend more time with family and friends? Go on the trip you always dreamed of? Do something crazy and unexpected like get your first tattoo? Or would you go about your life as usual?

Jennifer Benson has resigned to the fact that her cancer is going to prematurely end her life. At 34, the thought of people seeing her for the last time at her funeral isn’t the way she wants to be remembered; so she’s planning a party to celebra
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
YA Buddy Readers'...: In The Mirror, by Kaira Rouda - Restarting June 3rd 2014 50 36 Jun 18, 2014 04:57AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Big Lies in a Small Town
  • Sorry I Missed You
  • Deacon King Kong
  • Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide
  • Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close
  • Zero Day (John Puller, #1)
  • Zoe Letting Go
  • The Summer List
  • Bitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)
  • The Stranger's Wife (Detective Dan Riley, #3)
  • The Mysterious Island (Extraordinary Voyages, #12)
  • Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail
  • Buried Deep
  • So Brave, Young, and Handsome
  • Smoke Screen
  • Woman of God
  • Four Friends
  • The Summer Guests
See similar books…
Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her next novel, THE NEXT WIFE, is out May 11.

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books.


Related Articles

Jennifer Weiner is the author of many bestsellers, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, and Mrs. Everything. She's also a contributing opinion...
95 likes · 25 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »