Barely Above Water by Gail Pallotta

This story held a lot of information about a disease I am unfamiliar with. I appreciated the time the author must have spent researching this disease to make the symptoms the character dealt with come to life. My heart went out to Suzie as she dealt with the pain, inability to eat things she wanted to, and lack of sleep. Along with the decision she made to quit her job and move to a new place to get medical treatment. I’m not sure I could have done the same!

I enjoyed the easy friendship that occurred between her and Matt. I knew immediately I liked them as a pair and I enjoyed how the author wove their story of their relationship. Matt had these walls that I hoped would come down before the story ended based on previous experiences, and I liked seeing his progression.
If I had one criticism it would be that Suzie seemed to worry about everything and throughout the book I found myself yelling at her to just try something without so much negativity. However, I believe that everything that had happened in her life up until that point had made her that way, so it wasn’t a critique of the authors writing style, but just my personal character preference.
This is a heartwarming story that I would recommend to those who need some hope in their lives, or just want to read a cute story. I received a free copy of this book from Prism Book Group in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

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