Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán

First things first. I have never wanted to go to Puerto Rico as much as I do right now!

Goodreads Rating: 3.81 Stars

Description: Libby Miller has always been an unwavering optimist—but when her husband drops a bomb on their marriage the same day a doctor delivers devastating news, she realizes her rose-colored glasses have actually been blinding her.

With nothing left to lose, she abandons her life in Chicago for the clear waters and bright beaches of the Caribbean for what might be her last hurrah. Despite her new sunny locale, her plans go awry when she finds that she can’t quite outrun the past or bring herself to face an unknowable future. Every day of tropical bliss may be an invitation to disaster, but with her twin brother on her trail and a new relationship on the horizon, Libby is determined to forget about fate. Will she risk it all to live—and love—a little longer?

From critically acclaimed author Camille Pagan comes a hilarious and hopeful story about a woman choosing between a “perfect” life and actually living.

This book was nothing like I expected it to be, but I honestly loved it and would definitely recommend it, with a few stipulations. It did feel a little cliché towards the end so you will definitely need to be able to tolerate that if you want to be satisfied.  However, the majority of the book was really captivating. It drew me in and really made me want to be there. While I definitely did not want to be Libby, I wanted to be a part of the story.

Anyone who knows me, also knows that I want to travel the world. Puerto Rico has never really   been on the top of my travel list, but this book made me long to be on the beaches of Vieques. Between the wild horses and the Bioluminescent Bay, it really seems like it would be paradise. (This is coming from a girl that lives on a tropical island!)

While Libby pissed me off during the majority of the book, I never wanted to put it down. One more chapter was repeated until three in the morning when I finally finished it. The story did come to an end, but not in the way I would have hoped. I wanted more detail and less “wrap-up”! Show me what happened! Don’t give me a summary! I honestly felt like she wrote this amazing book and then realized it was too long so chopped off the ending. She threw in a little summary and called it a quits.

Overall, the book’s ending and the main character, Libby, both pissed me off to no end, but I would still recommend it to anyone who thinks they can stomach the cliché ending!

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