Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: A Taylor-made Life by Kary Rader

A Taylor-made Life by Kary Rader
Published Date: July 2013
Genre: YA
The Story: They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.
Cheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn't find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.
Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he's gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he's matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.
When it's discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor's mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he'll never know to a girl he just met.
My Review: Grab your tissues.  You're going to need them for this book.  With the cancer patient mentoring program, Taylor Smith put down that she was into video games.  She's paired with Gavin Taylor - the self-made millionare who created the games Taylor loves to play. 

Both are wanting to live the life they have left, but then Gavin doesn't know if he wants to fall in love with Taylor.  She's not even 18, and he's 24.  But with encouragement from Taylor's mom, Gavin allows himself to be loved, and to love. 

I found it hard to read as Gavin found out that if he and Taylor were to have a baby, those stem cells would save her.  But then, wow, getting teary eyed just thinking about it, he does fall in love with Taylor, and when she turns 18, they get married.  He then tells Taylor that if they were to make a baby, that baby would save her.  At that point, and to the end of the book, I don't think I had enough tissues. 

You will love this book, you'll laugh and cry.  And you'll hope right along side of Taylor and Gavin's parents.

About the Author:
Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

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  1. You're right, it sounds like a real grab-the-tissues kind of book. It very interesting to combine death, romance and medical-tech into a novel. Wishing Kary much success! :-)

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!

    Thank you, Lexa!

  3. I love this touched my heart and stole it at the very same time. Best book I've read this year! Congrats on the review, Kary!



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