Photos of you by Tammy Robinson
An end of life story that will remind you to appreciate life
Photos of You is about Ava, a 28-year-old woman with terminal breast cancer. After experiencing all the emotions associated with her diagnosis, Ava decides to fulfill her biggest dream - to have a wedding.
Ava’s wedding will serve as a celebration of life ceremony in place of a traditional funeral. When her best friends share the story on social media it goes viral, which leads to a major magazine documenting Ava’s journey.
I don’t want to give away too much of this story, because unraveling Ava’s tale is so touching. I want all the readers after me to experience the full joy and sorrow of Ava’s story as they read it for themselves!
I debated reading this one. Books about people with terminal illness are difficult for me to read, they tend to be more sad than I can handle. My dad died of colon cancer just a couple years ago and I wasn't sure I was emotionally ready to read a book about someone who is dying of cancer. But, I took a chance and I am so glad that I did.
Tammy Robinson did a wonderful job creating characters that were real and relatable. The way she handled the story of terminal cancer was very respectful, and moving. I really loved the relationships that Ava had with her best friends and parents. There is also a love interest in this book. The romance reminded me of the movies A Walk to Remember and Sweet November. I fell in love with Lucas' character as Ava did and I think you will, too.
I am grateful for the reminder that "Life is short. Don’t play it safe. Live wild."
Photos of You is a heartbreaking story that reminded me to appreciate the little moments in life. Grab a box of tissues before you settle down to read this book. But do read it. It will make you cry but it will also remind you not to take life for granted, and to always “choose love.”
"Live your best life. It’s the only one you’ll get."
"Death is a natural consequence of life. You can't have one without the other. It is one of the only things, apart from birth, that we all have in common."
"Don't spend you last days here on earth dying. If you have something you want to do, make sure you do it."
"Cancer is an indiscriminate bastard."
Thank you so much to NetGalley, Tammy Robinson and Forever, Grand Central Publishing for the ARC of Photos of You in exchange for my honest review (less)