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Reconstructing Natalie

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  655 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
Natalie Moore is about to lose what little cleavage she had.

She'll shave her head, leave her church, fall for a man in scrubs, learn to tap, and flash a roomful of women.

Natalie needs to know with or without her breasts she is more than the sum of her parts.
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published July 1st 2006)
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Jun 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Voted Novel of the Year by Women of Faith in 2006, Reconstructing Natalie—though categorized as fiction—is very real to many women. It follows 27-year-old Natalie from the time she first discovers a lump in her breast, to her heartrending decision to have a double mastectomy, to a party celebrating five years of being cancer-free.

Between the diagnosis and the celebration, however, Natalie experiences every emotion imaginable—and Laura Jensen Walker, herself a breast cancer survivor, so poignant
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would probably give this book a 3.75 on the rating scale if I could!
Reconstructing Natalie is a good quick read. I recently found out a neighbor friend has breast cancer and this book sparked my interest. I learned sooooo much about the breast cancer process that wasn't familiar to me. I found myself reflecting on things that only someone going through breast cancer would probably be thinking because of the heroine, Natalie's, experiences. I have a lot more respect for individuals that go thro
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-lit
Read this for a second time this year. Great book!
First, lets get the bad stuff out of the way. I should've read this book 10 years ago because all of the pop culture references are extremely dated. Viggo Whatshisname? Monica and Rachel? These dated the book so badly!
Secondly, the author tries to sprinkle in a few characters that aren't white, but the one that stands out is a black woman with two sons, DeWayne and DeShawn, and she speaks like a stereotypical black person. I wish the author had maybe just toned that down a little bit. It came ac
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Natalie receives the news no 27-year-old expects when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Her boyfriend deserts her, some of her friends can't handle the news, and the chemotherapy makes her so weak she can't continue her job. Natalie joins a support group and seeks to find God and His will for her life even through the pain and loss she experiences.

While this book was quite thought-provoking there were several things Natalie chooses to do as part of her 'healing' and for self-expression which
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Despite the predictability of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, if you can enjoy reading a book about cancer. The book focuses on 27-year-old Natalie. Her life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is predictable in that most people in this day and age, unfortunately, know the steps that a loved one must go through to battle cancer. Natalie tries to stay strong and positive, but she is often doubtful, depressed, and angry. And, although the book focuses on ...more
Dee Schwinn
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I got this book at a library book sale, I thought it was about a girl who turned her life around. Then when I started reading it, I discovered that Natalie was a 27 year old who discovered she had cancer. Then I thought--well this is going to be a downer, the it was not. It was the story of how Natalie, with the help of her family, friends and fellow cancer patients dealt with cancer--the good and the bad The 4 stars was because I wanted more at the end. But --then again that makes for a go ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Overall I enjoyed this book about a young woman with breast cancer. She's a very likable character, and makes you really think. I liked that she's a Christian; however, I didn't like the biggoted views that she had, based on her Christianity. Such as this gem, after learning a woman in her breast cancer support group is a lesbian: "Oh great. I hope she's not one of those political ones trying to cram her militant agenda down our throats."
Excuse me? Really?? But if you can get past the prejudice
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone facing cancer or with loved one who has cancer, especially breast cancer
Recommended to booklady by: my sister, Julie
Shelves: 2008
Although this started out as a light, fluffy, "fun" read, it is anything but. However, considering it deals with a 27 yo single woman who gets breast cancer, it turns out to be a very upbeat book overall. Still it has its moments of deep pathos and it challenges you to think at every turn. I'll be writing this up for booklady after Holy Week. Thanks L'il Sis, Julie for the tip! I loved it!

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Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Saccharin sweet and totally unrealistic this book was definitely geared towards the “church crowd.” I’m sorry, but with the treatments Natalie had with her breast cancer for the book to have ended the way it did, with her caressing her bump and sharing the secret of the baby’s sex with her husband, is ridiculous. Not unless she harvested eggs and went the IVF route and that was never mentioned. As an almost 30 year old virgin when she was diagnosed I doubt that she even considered that. I am sor ...more
Oct 22, 2010 added it
I'm in a class on Reader's Advisory this semester so that's why my list has some weird titles on it recently. We have to read a Christian book from any genre, so I chose this one, it's in the "Women's Lives and Relationships" genre.

Wow is it shitty! Stilted dialogue, totally out of date pop culture references, (2006 and the characters are obsessed with the show Friends? Still?) really unsympathetic characters, and of course the one non-christian is a christian by the end. blaaaah! no stars!
May 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book did give good insight into the trials a person with cancer may go through, it showed how friends and family can be a great support system (or not so great), and it had an overall hopeful message. However, something about the over-stereotyped characters and the jaunty inner dialogue made me feel like I was reading a later installment to The Babysitter's Club. I loved the inspirational message of the book, but I guess I'm just not a chick lit girl.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I sincerely enjoyed the honesty in this book, which is about a woman in her late 20s who gets breast cancer. You would think it would be kind of depressing, but it really wasn't. I loved the way she had to deal with the reactions of different friends, family, and church members as the news spreads, along with dealing with it herself. Even if you just read it to experience the confrontation with her ex-boyfriend in Disneyland it would be worth it. Sweet.
Jolene Knighton
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I loved the main character. I liked to see her Christianity lived out in a real world. I liked the other characters. I will recommend this book to all my friends and look for more by the same author. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. I cheered for Natalie as she grew as a person.

The only (small) thing that I didn't like: the cover. I picked up the book at a used book sale, but it sat on my bookcase for months because of the cover.
I enjoyed reading this book because the author verbalizes a lot of what I think I would feel or say or question if the same experience was to happen to me. I learned that changes happen and that life can go on and even become better after facing incrediable challenges. I also liked the bits of information about breast cancer. It prompted to do more research to answer my questions on breast cancer.
Ellie Revert
Apr 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any and all women, and some great men too
A wonderful sharing of a medical problem that confronts so many women. There's great humor, and room for much compassion. A good read if you have breast cancer, and maybe even a better read if you have a friend who has it. It shows what we can do that is helpful---and what is NOT! A book to own for sure.
Jan 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book grabbed me right away and I really liked how the story dealt with such a tough subject without it being all doom and gloom. Some really funny parts and touching too.

The thing that threw me off though was the cover - it is very 50's, along wtih even the look of the book and it had nothing to do with the story or when it took place.
Aug 18, 2012 added it
Laura Walker is a talented author and has created a very comical yet eye opening story about a young lady with breast cancer and her journey in becoming healed. I would not recommend anyone but girls/ladies to read this. It was a encouraging to see how this young lady took her worst circumstances and made her life into something wonderful.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
this book was given to me several days after my mastectomy, I didn't read it right away but waited several months as I didn't feel I was ready. I enjoyed the book was able to empathize with the main character as well as be inspired by her. I'm old enough to be her mother but many parts hit home. It was a good read, I don't think I'm be influenced by was going thought at that time.
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this book in less that 24 hours... It was that good. I really loved the characters, their friendships, family bonds and their sense of faith. So many books fail to include faith in life's obstacles, and it was refreshing to see faith take a huge role in the characters' lives, especially when dealing with a topic like cancer, a topic that is sure to test your faith.
Lindsey Riley
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this book awhile back, but it still sticks with me. It was such a real, honest,comical, heartbraking, and inspiring tale of a young woman battling breast cancer. I'm convinced the reason why this story resonated so well is because the author, herself, successfully battled breast cancer. Definitely worthy of five stars!
Aug 10, 2008 rated it liked it
It was a good enough book, very light reading and very uplifting. The one annoyance, was when she threw in pop culture references randomely throughout the whole thing...It just was a pet peeve of mine and made me roll my eyes lol
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fiction - felt like non-fiction. Christian based. Good humor, genuine moments, fast read. Main character has cancer and it carries the reader through the highs and lows of this disease - heartfelt and engaging.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a book about a young girl battling breast cancer and how her life changed from having cancer. I enjoyed reading it. Not too "deep" or challenging, but a good good to read to sit down and relax.
Cathy Daniel
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It took me two tries to read this book and I found it hard to get into at first. Boy, am I ever glad I persisted. This book is so real and I love the character's transformation (and not just physical) Laura Jensen Walker is my new favorite author. Everything of hers I have read is just pure GOLD!
I really enjoyed this book! There were definitely some sad parts to it, but the humor far outweighed the sad parts. I know it was fiction, but it gave inspiration to those who are fighting cancer. I'm sure Ms. Jensen put a lot of herself into this book from her experiences with breast cancer.
Dana Thompson
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book mostly because I could relate to it. My mom died of cancer so the subject really touches me. Natalie is also my age so it makes you realize how quickly you are to take things forgranted. Having said that, I must warn that it is very predictable. But a heartwarming story no less.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is my second time reading this book and after reading it again I've come to the conclusion that I like this book a lot better than the first time around. I can't wait to read other books from this author.
Chicken Lit'er
May 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
'Reconstructing Natalie' has a superb mix of modern women’s literature, complete with romance and humor all wrapped up in one page-turning novel. I absolutely loved this book and give it a perfect 5 stars!
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I enjoy reading this author but had no idea what I was getting myself into with this book.
The main character gets breast cancer and the remainder of her book is the story of her treatment and how she overcomes the disease.
Not a super light read...but not overly medical either.
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Laura Jensen Walker is an award-winning writer and popular inspirational speaker. A former reporter with a degree in journalism, Laura lives in Northern California with her Renaissance-man husband, Michael, and their piano playing dog Gracie.
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