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The Book of Us

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  31 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 theyd
Published March 6th 2020 by Harper Impulse and Killer Reads
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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 youve 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. You
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
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.
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 theres 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 shes the friend weve all had who has a million
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 womens 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 werent together or even friends. Seven years later, when Cass faces a ...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
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
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Claudia Doke
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. Lolls husband leaves her for a younger woman on Christmas Eve and a few days later Loll receives a
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 Casss daughter in the book.
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
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 others lives. Boyfriends could come and go, but they were forever - until they werent. 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 to ...more
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 havent 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 havent resolved their issues.
The Book Of Us is the book in which they wrote down their dreams.
Needless to say,
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
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful book of lost friends coming together again. Tears shed after reading this amazing, powerful book!
Lauren and Cass meet at University and are inseparable. After Lauren's marriage, they no longer speak or see one another. Six years later after her husband and her divorce, Lauren receives a letter from Cass, she's dying and wants her to come and bring the book they had in school.
Lauren arrives and meets the daughter Cass had as a result of a one night stand she had with Lauren's husband.
Cristie Underwood
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This is an emotional read and highlights that family isn't always biological, but the people that you choose to have in your life. Cass is dying and reaches out to Loll, who she was inseparable from in the past. She wants to reconnect and do the things in a book of things they had put together of things they wanted to do together after college. However, they became estranged after Cass had a one night stand with Loll's husband that resulted in her daughter, whom Cass wants to leave to Loll when ...more
Oriana Blyth (_head_in_a_book)
Oh my word this book! It is absolutely brilliant, wonderful and heartbreaking all at the same time.⠀

This is a book about the love between two best friends who are, in fact, each others soulmates.⠀

The writing is absolutely beautiful, and I could feel the tension and anger between them both, over things that happened in the past, that led them to where they are now. That tension is an integral part of the story, in order for them to reach the peace and happiness needed for them to move forward.⠀
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first book by this author so I didnt know what to expect.

I was drawn to this book by the description and while I enjoyed the idea of the book, for me the delivery of the book didnt work as I hoped.

Lauren was a character that was easy to relate to and I loved seeing how she grew and started making choices that made her happy and how she stood up for herself.

I had trouble connecting with the rest of the story and the actual journey in the book. To be honest I got bored with the
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although friends reuniting after a separation as one is dying isnt the most original theme this book does introduce us to two gorgeous characters in anxious Lauren (Loll) and loud and fearless Cass. They are complete opposites but both offer the other a different dimension that they both need. We gradually find out why they fell out and Loll couldnt forgive Cass alongside them having a glorious final adventure for Cass to make memories for her daughter Vee. This is a bittersweet story but still ...more
Tamsin Preece
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely book. I enjoyed the relationship between Cass and Vee very much. I liked the way that we learned about Cass and Lauren and their previous relationship as we journeyed with them in the present.

This book was never going to have a 'happy' ending, but I thought it concluded well.

There is a cast of characters that bring depth and warmth to the story, some we like, some are villainous. It's a light, easygoing read that will appeal to many people.

Thank you to NetGalley and the
Kathleen Gray
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cass and Loll were such good friends until they weren't. Now on the cusp of turning 30, Cass is dying and she reaches out to Loll to finish the bucket list they started as students. She's also got a little daughter Vee who Cass wants Loll to love. Loll has her own issues but they find their way back to one another. There's nothing particularly surprising here but Michael's a good storyteller. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for my Kindle.
This is a story of a family in today's world struggling to pay the bills, keep their 2 daughters happy and healthy, and find a way to keep their marriage in tact.
I enjoyed this story that made me feel like I was reading about a "real family" and the struggles they face daily and the mistakes they make by "just being human."
Overall, a good book!
Emily Corcoran
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading a book by Andrea Michael and it certainly won't be my last. Really enjoyed this book. Loved seeing how Vee's relationship with Lauren progressed. Even though it was a sad ending it was written so beautifully that it felt like a happy ending. Great style of writing by Andrea. Thoroughly recommend.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a good novel about a friendship that stands the test of time and betrayal. The story is beautiful and reminded me of slightly of My Sister's Keeper. I did find that the language in the book was strong at times, but I loved the plot and its characters.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an arc of this book. It was an okay read but the characters were not particularly likeable so I didnt connect to them. ...more
Aida Alberto
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had me sniffling and I don't cry so keep the Kleenex near by. It's a beautifully told story that will stay with you long after you're done. Read it. Happy reading!
Vivien Brown
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Not for me. I found this book slow. Too much travelogue. Not enough emotion. It should have made me cry but it didn't.
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