30 Days of Books – Day 25

A character you can relate to the most

Previously: A book that you wish more people would have read

The character I can identify with the most is Maeve Conelly from The Good Luck Girl/ Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. I talked about how much I love this book before and before *smiles* and that is mostly because of the main character.

Maeve battled leukemia and somehow during chemotherapy, getting better and  relapsing she lost herself. She graduated college but had no clue what to do with her degree, instead she was living over her budget avoiding serious business, being a hypochondriac and avoiding responsibility until her parents cut her off. She decides to move to LA for a fresh start. To do so, she drives her car across America and when it breaks down in a place called Unknown Arizona, she has to wait for the mechanic to come back and earn the money to pay for the repairs.

The only thing she thinks she is good at is running, whenever a situation is too much for her, she puts on her shoes and runs until she feels better. She is also a book nerd and loves colourful knee socks. This feels all too familiar, granted I haven’t battled cancer myself but been there while Mom did and lost. I know the feeling when all you want to do is run until your muscles burn and you’re just not thinking anymore. I need my runs in order to be a balanced human being and keeping my temper in check when life gets especially stressful. I also love books and socks, mostly striped socks but in general all that are fun and bright.

There were times I felt lost, I still don’t know what I will do in 6 months after I graduate form university so yeah, Maeve Connelly is my spirit animal. But I think I could do worse because in the end, she sees herself for the amazing person she really is and learns to deal with her survivors guilt.

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  • This post is the second time I’ve read something of yours that references this book and though, not proud at all to say this, I am a bit phobic about any story that has cancer in the plotline. Thanks to your intriguing mentions, though, I may just have to look this one up. I admire your dedication to your 30 days of books project…..And your seemingly un self-conscious way of putting yourself “out there”…very refreshing!

    • Well, I’m a crazy little fangirl when it comes to this book. I can’t help myself. Cancer plot lines usually make me run in the opposite direction as fast as I can which is why I never intended to read this book but the reviews on amazon were too good not to try it. But to this day, it’s the only book that dealt with cancer I have ever read, not even My Sister’s Keeper (though I saw the movie).

      How am I putting myself out there? Not sure I get what you’re trying to say.

      • Well, to clarify my experience of how your “putting yourself out there”, it is in an honest and unpretentious way….NOT like you are trying to impress or show what a good writer you, but simply as someone who has some things to share and is doing so. It appeals to me and, I imagine, other people as well. Keep it up Wilhelmina!! :)

        • Thank you. Sometimes I’m afraid I’m even over-sharing a bit but whatever. Thanks for reading my stuff :)