Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review: In the Pink

By Tracey Meyers

Three years ago, I found out a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Even though we weren't close, I can still remember hearing the news.  Everything stopped for a moment.  I couldn't believe it. The only other person I had known, up to that moment, to have any type of cancer was my father - who didn't make it.  I was scared, but not too long after her diagnosis she had surgery, follow-up treatment, and to this day is cancer free.

I have to admit, I wasn't familiar with Susan McBride, or any of her books, prior to reading, "In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Guy, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40." However, after reading a synopsis of the book, I was quite intrigued and knew I wanted to know more about Susan's life.

Unlike other memoirs I've read, from the very start I felt as though I was sitting in a coffee shop, sipping my favorite caffeinated beverage with a new friend, hearing her tell me all about the adventures life has taken her on over the past couple of years. Her stories included how she met her husband Ed and their amazing courtship, her experience with breast cancer and all that she learned from it and all about the other surprises (some bad and some great) life had for her in the years after she kicked cancer's ass.

Aside from sharing her story, Susan has also shared with readers of this book three supplement sections at the end. They cover:

•  "In the Pink" Q&A
•  Tips on Dating After Forty
•  What I Learned from My Diagnosis

Recently, I saw something that said, "40 is the new 30."  For Susan McBride, this is so true!  Aside from the conversational tone of this memoir and Susan's amazing story, what I love about this book is that it not only shares how she survived cancer, but also shows readers that 40 isn't the end like many want us to believe it is and that it  really can be just the beginning of many great things.

Special thanks to HarperCollins for the e-galley in exchange for an honest review. "In the Pink" will be available on e-book October 2 and paperback November 7th.

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