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The Book of Us

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  63 reviews
She had to be able to look back at this as a time that was sacred, magical. There would be pain enough later.

Cass and Loll used to be inseparable. They met at university and they made sense, like two halves of a whole. They had planned their lives around each other, writing down their dreams in The Big Book of Our Life – the things they wanted to achieve, the places they’d
Published March 6th 2020 by Harper Impulse and Killer Reads
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A.L. Michael There is some swearing in this novel, so I wouldn't recommend it if you are sensitive to profanity.…moreThere is some swearing in this novel, so I wouldn't recommend it if you are sensitive to profanity.(less)
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Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Uplifting and emotional. Andrea Michael has written a lovely story full of endless hope and heart. Cass and Loll were as close as friends could be. Inseparable in college they created “The Book of Us“ a list of all the things they were going to do together in their lifetime. Then something happened and their friendship fell apart and for seven years Cass and Loll did not see one another. When Cass discovers that she is sick she reaches out to repair the friendship. Can past trespasses be forgive ...more
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Sometimes, there is such a thing as a perfect day. You can taste it in the air, a sweetness on the breeze that tells you everything is going to go your way. You might play the lottery, ask that special person out for a drink. You might simply do the same walk you do every day of the year, but notice a flower you’ve never seen before, or the smile of an old man waiting for the bus. You feel grateful to be alive.

This book is sad, poignant, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings. Y
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This review appeared on my site on June 13, 2020 as a part of the blog tour.
The Book of Us is a story of friendship, love, betrayal, the healing power of forgiveness and much more. Cass and Loll met in college and became inseparable until something happened one night to throw the two apart. Years later Loll finally hears from Cass and the news is not good: Cass is dying from cancer. This news brings the two former friends back
Aly Warren
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've put 4 stars but more of a 3.5 for me.
Initially I really enjoyed the beginning. It drew me in and was really interested. But after a while i seemed to loose interest. Might just be the mood in was in. I will give it another go at some point. Dont be put off though as everyone is different
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
*dabs eyes*


*blows out breath*

I’m sure we’ve all had a good chuckle at some of the book memes that do the rounds. Let’s face it, they’re funny because they’re true *shrugs*. You know the one that captures the moment you finish a book then look around to see that life is still carrying on as normal (whatever passes for normal these days) as if you haven’t just experienced emotional trauma at the hands of a story? Well that is so me right now *sniffs*.

Everything hurts. In fact, a hug woul
Diane Merritt
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I read the description of this book I thought I was going to fall in love with it. Sadly I didn't. It was a good read overall but the characters didn't draw me in and love them. The ending was the best part for me. First for me from this author. ...more
A character-driven story, we start with the story of Lauren (Loll) and Cassidy: best friends at one point, then life interfered. Now Cassidy is facing death and wants to reconnect with her former best friend, but there’s much to get through in the intervening years, some just time-related, others more betrayal-like and serious.

Lauren was the more focused and driven of the two: her dreams of becoming a human-rights lawyer never came to pass, and she’s the friend we’ve all had who has a million re
Jena Henry
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Snuggle in to your coziest sweatshirt, grab your favorite beverage and comfort snack, settle your dog or cat by your reading chair and savor this lush, lyrical, almost literary, emotional contemporary women’s fiction. Cass and Lindsay, “Loll” were best college friends.They planned to be friends forever, and so they created a “book of us” and filled it with their dreams and bucket lists- everything they would do together. Until they weren’t together or even friends. Seven years later, when Cass f ...more
Donna Hines
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Time is ticking. The book of hope, forgiveness, love, rejection is upon us. What you choose to do with it is up to you, but I highly recommend reading this beauty.
Sure, it will make you laugh, cry, throw things, and be moody but then it will provide love, forgiveness, and possibly even a rekindling of sorts.
I absolutely enjoyed the way this was written which was clever because it shifted back and forth building momentum and drawing readers in suspense.
The ending was magnificent with nothing lef
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cassidy and Lauren were best friends in college but a fight seperated them. When Lauren's husband leaves her, she receives a letter from Cassidy telling her that she is dying and if she's willing to come over to her house. Will they be able to restore their friendship?

Well... I don't know where to start for this one. I didn't like it and it's not because of the story or the way its been written except that the story is extremely character driven. And that is absolutely fine too but when you don'
Wow, what an emotional story this is, a real journey of friendship, betrayal, forgiveness and, most of all, love.

Although opposites in many ways, Loll and Cass had an amazing friendship after they met at Uni. They helped each other in so many ways and even wrote all their lifelong plans in a book, the book of us. However, seven years ago events tore them apart. Now life changes for them both again. Loll’s husband leaves her for a younger woman on Christmas Eve and a few days later Loll receives
Joey Susan
Thank you so much to author Andrea Michael for the ebook copy to read and review.

Heart Wrenching and Beautifully Written.

The story will grip you from the very start where we are introduced to Cass and Loll in a letter, from that letter you already get an idea what is to come in the story but honestly you don’t even know half of what will come.

Its a whirlwind of pain, relief, anger, love and adventure. It was both incredibly fun and gut wrenching. Not one page goes by where you don’t know the
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren and Cassidy meet at University and are inseparable. Cassidy is a beautiful, blond free spirit and Lauren is dark, quiet and serious. After Lauren's marriage to Darren there is an argument with Cassidy and they no longer see other. Six years later Lauren's husband walks out on her and she receives a letter from Cass asking her to come see her because shes dying and to bring the book they had in school, basically a bucket list. When Lauren shows up at Cass's door she meets the daughter she ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This review is coming out on the Portugal's Day, our National day. And Like many other Holidays that have a strong emotional connection to it, not only because their are ours, but because they remind us of home, of our pass and the path we took to get to where we are... and even to reflect all the things we have to change and do to make our country and the world really, a better place.

All of those feelings, that moment of reflection, I also had while reading this story, so even though this is no
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written, with a really emotional base to it, this really is a heartwarming story.

It's about two friends who have been estranged, until Loll finally reads one of Cass' letters and discovers her best friend doesn't have long to live. But whether Loll can let go of the anger is another matter.

For things between them go messy and it wasn't the best functioning relationship anyway, but Loll has always been in Cass' thrall, and she can't resist going to see her, and she discovers far mor
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a feminist, I always want to see more strong female characters represented in novels. This is not limited to physical strength (although that is not a bad thing by any means); what I mean is that I want to see more complex and realistic female characters that do not rely on the presence of a male character to support them. We need more female characters for people to look up to and learn from, and I think that Cass and Loll in The Book of Us fit this bill quite nicely. They are by no means pe ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Book of Us is an emotional read that will hit you right in the heart and turn you into a weeping mess. If you're anything like me, of course.
The story follows Lauren (aka Loll) and Cass, two friends who found each other at university but had a falling out after the ultimate betrayal. Years later, they reconnect after Lauren discovers Cass is dying. All Cass wants is to complete their 'Book of Us' before her time is up. Can Lauren find it in her heart to forgive Cass?
I'll admit, the book was
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Due to the subject matter in this book I was a little dubious about reading it but I had heard such wonderful things about it I knew it might be a mistake if I said no … so, what did I think of The Book of Us? This is without question a contender for book of the year or possibly the decade if I may be so bold to suggest such a thing.

The main characters are written with such depth & understanding that you can feel the energy & love from the author as she pours it into each one. You will go on a j
Colin Bell
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. It tells the story of Loll and Cass who became best friends at uni. Chalk and cheese, with Cass the bright lively one and Loll the quiet, introspective one. Inseparable until an incident drove them apart they were not in contact until Loll finally received a letter from Cass explaining that she was dying so goes to visit her. When she arrives she finds that Cass has a young daughter Vee and is looking to recover their friendship. As p ...more
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, I want to thank Andrea Michael, One More Chapter, Harper Collins Publishers and NetGalley for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review.

The Book of Us by Andrea Michael is a book you are going to need your tissues for. I admit there were multiple times where I shed many of tears. This book definitely pulls on your heart strings.

Just the cover alone caught my attention with the sweet girl on the front cover holding the book. She represented Vee Cass’s daughter in the book.
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a rollercoaster The Book Of Us actually is! I think I have encountered every emotion I have while reading this brilliantly written book.
It tells the story of Loll and Cass who where best friends at University but have lost touch due to an incident that meant they drifted away from each other.They were the total meaning of chalk and cheese, Cass the extrovert and Loll the introvert. Loll receives a letter from Cass explaining that she is dying so Loll decides to visit. She discovers that Lol
Lisa Phillips
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cass and Loll had been forever friends. Opposites of sort. Loll the steady anxious type and Cass the free spirit, daring type. After several years of no communication Loll gets a letter from Cass. Loll is trying to work on her emotions and going through a divorce. She finally decides to just go on and see Cass.
When she arrives she finds that Cass is not only going to die but, has a little girl. After she spends some time with them both they map out a trip. On this trip comes eye opening situati
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Lauren (Loll) and Cassidy were best friends at university but have since drifted – well, actually ‘life’ got in the way, and there’s a big rift between them. But now Lauren’s husband has left her – at Christmas-time, no less – and suddenly Cass has reappeared, wanting to repair their relationship. So Lauren takes the plunge and goes to spend New Year with Cass – much to everyone’s surprise (including her own).

She’s shocked to discover that not only does Cass have a daughter, but that this child
Ritu Bhathal
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bittersweet tale about a friendship that soured because of an awful mistake made, and the illness and small child who brought them back together.
Lauren, or Loll, is reeling from the break up of her marriage, then she receives a letter from someone who was more important to her than anyone else, in her life, until that mistake.
Cass has never really forgiven herself for the huge mistake she made, that lost her the best friend a girl could ask for. Would she be able to rekindle that bond now, six
Sally Tyrer
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first book by this author and one I thoroughly enjoyed!
Cass and loll were best friends for what felt like ever until they fell out dramatically one night!
6 years later they are back in touch, trying hard to forgive and forget and rebuild the easy close relationship they had in the past! This is no easy task and their friendship is tested to the hilt, especially when they find their big book of our lives written many years before and now using it as a bucket list of things to do and see togeth
Claire Herbaux
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cass and Loll were best friends. But then it happened, and for the past six years they haven’t spoken to each other or seen each other.
And then, a letter from Cass arrives. She is dying and wants to finish (or rather start) on the bucket list the two friends made after uni. The only problem: Lauren has a job and a husband, Cass has a little daughter and she is getting weaker. And they haven’t resolved their issues.
The Book Of Us is the book in which they wrote down their dreams.
Needless to sa
Elizabeth Hein
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Book of Us is a heart-rending portrayal of love and loss between two best friends. Lauren and Cass met in school and became the love of each other’s lives. Boyfriends could come and go, but they were forever - until they weren’t. In the seven years since their break-up, Lauren has become mousey and resentful. She has the outward trappings of a happy life, but there is something missing. When she reconnects with the flamboyant, terminally ill Cass and her charming daughter, Lauren comes back ...more
Pauline Knox
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cass and Loll met at university, complete opposites of each other, but Cass gave Loll confidence while Loll grounded Cass from her chaotic life. Until one day there is a betrayal and years of silence between them began. But the betrayal wasn’t all it seemed, and eventually life has a way of bringing you back to the people who are meant to be in your life.
I really enjoyed this book, the author’s style of writing had a nice flow and it was easy to read. I thought the characters felt realistic and
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Value your happiness- it matters."
The main theme in this wonderful story of true friendship, love, hope, sadness. loss and family.
Lauren and Cass were the best of friends until they had a huge falling out and did not speak for over seven years.
They finally come back together to make amends. Just in time!
Will Lauren be able to overcome her anxiety and help Cass to prepare for her final journey? Can these two friends find it in their herts to forgive each other and renew their love for one anot
Susan Johnston
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I did not finish this book. In my opinion the characters were annoying and the story so implausible as to be distracting. Hearing about how weak-willed and negative Lauren was over and over did nothing to make me want to care about this character. There wasn't much to like about Cass either though we're told repeatedly about her beauty and "wild" manner. Add a child in to this mix (no spoilers here) and it becomes even more far-fetched. There were many plot holes, trite supporting characters (th ...more
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