Reconstructing Natalie - eBook  -     By: Laura Jensen Walker
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Thomas Nelson / 2008 / ePub

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Think YOU'RE self-conscious about your lack of cleavage? Natalie Moore is about to lose what little cleavage she has. And that's just the beginning. She'll shave her head, leave her church, fall for a man in scrubs, learn to tap, and flash a roomful of women. Reconstructing Natalie is the story of a woman whose breast cancer is the catalyst for some serious changes not the least of which is her cup size! Holding tight to her old friends while reaching out to new ones, Natalie must redefine herself and her faith on new terms.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781418555559
ISBN-13: 9781418555559
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Publisher's Description

Natalie Moore is about to lose what little cleavage she had.

She'll shave her head, leave her church, fall for a man in scrubs, learn to tap, and flash a roomful of women.

Natalie needs to know with or without her breasts she is more than the sum of her parts.

Library Journal

How does a 27-year-old deal with breast cancer? Author and cancer survivor Walker offers the appropriate information and reactions through this faith-based novel of Natalie Moore, a thoughtful and talented young California woman whose friends and family help provide the means for her "reconstruction." Natalie seems a bit too glib (Walker goes for humor here) considering her age and situation, but young women might find her plight inspirational. She goes church-hopping, but she never loses faith. For Christian fiction as well as comprehensive patient health collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Publisher's Weekly

Serious chick-lit? It can work, as seen in this faith-filled novel that revolves around breast cancer. Single gal Natalie Moore is just 27 when she is diagnosed with the disease. Walker's humor leavens the panic and the illness's accompanying indignities, such as a painful mammogram ("Now I knew how it felt to be a hamburger patty on a George Foreman grill"). Cancer's emotional and spiritual ramifications also drive the plot line-getting dropped like a hot potato by a boyfriend, dating woes, avoidance by friends, leaving her church. Boob puns proliferate, especially at a "Boob Voyage" party thrown by friends before Natalie's double mastectomy. Amidst the ugliness of chemo, hair loss and upchucking at the thought of chocolate is a chance for Natalie to make new friends, establish priorities, loosen some overly close family ties and develop empathy. And yes-have reconstructive surgery that increases her original A cup size. Romance waits in the wings, of course, and readers won't have to guess too hard to know Natalie's Mr. Right. There are a few faux pas, including an odd dream sequence and a plug for what appears to be Walker's own nonfiction book, Thanks for the Mammogram!. Those diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors and their women friends will find this an enjoyable and encouraging read. (Sept. 5) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Twenty-seven year-old Natalie Moore seemed to have it all: a good-paying job, a handsome boyfriend, a great relationship with her parents, a solid church, two wonderful best friends, and a homey cottage all to herself (even if it was in her parents’ backyard). All this changed after Natalie accidentally discovered a small lump on her left breast. Learning the lump is cancerous, Natalie’s life changes drastically as she faces the painful reality of life with cancer. The support of family, friends, and fellow breast cancer warriors leads Natalie to take risks and uncover new loves and passions in her life.
Laura Jensen Walker, a breast cancer survivor herself, takes readers through Natalie’s daily battle emotionally, physically, and spiritually against this life-altering disease in Reconstructing Natalie. Told from Natalie’s perspective, the reader gains a sense of what it’s really like living with breast cancer. Walker portrays Natalie in a way that readers can sympathize with her, feeling her pain, frustration, joy, and sorrow throughout her cancer journey.
In order to prevent the cancer from spreading, Natalie decides to have a bilateral mastectomy followed by reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy. For a currently-single woman already sensitive about her breasts, Natalie wonders if she’ll ever have a love life again once she becomes breast-less and bald. With the constant love and support of those around her, especially her childhood friend Andy, Natalie learns that her worth does not depend on her breasts or any of her physical attributes.
Natalie is a strong character with multiple dimensions and a sense of humor. As the narrator, she is honest and genuine about her emotions in every situation. Some Christians might be slightly offended when, after her diagnosis, Natalie decides against telling a girl at her office that she’s showing too much cleavage by wearing low-neck shirt. Natalie thought, She might as well enjoy her boobs while she can. This kind of reaction from a woman who once scolded this same office assistant for dressing immodestly reveals the candid and real thoughts of a woman just diagnosed with breast cancer. Even a Christian woman is still a woman who is influenced by society’s standards of beauty. She’s not immune to having these kinds of thoughts. Natalie’s not perfect by any means, which humanizes her and makes her someone all women can relate to.
Jensen’s descriptions and characterization of minor characters such as Jillian, Merritt, Andy, and Josh are detailed and consistent. The reader feels as though she really knows these characters and their personalities. At times, it seems as though Jensen gives excessive detail to character development. In one scene, she is showing the obsession Natalie, Jillian, and Merritt have with the TV show Friends. She has the three women arguing over what happened in an episode for quite some time, giving details specific to the show that aren’t necessary for the novel or for character development. Jensen also devotes a portion of the book solely to Natalie’s cancer journal entries. While it’s beneficial to read some of Natalie’s entries, the same thing happens in every entry, which makes that section less interesting to read. The romantic connection between Andy and Natalie unfolds gradually, but becomes slightly unrealistic when they confess their love to one another and the next minute Andy’s asking for Natalie’s hand in marriage. This could seem possible considering their lifelong friendship, but as a reader, I didn’t expect the engagement to come so soon. There aren’t any scenes of Natalie and Andy’s wedding either, so that’s slightly disappointing for those hopeless romantics out there.
This novel is a captivating page-turner, bringing you into the life and reality of a breast cancer survivor. The emotions and thoughts of the narrator are real, making it so you can’t help but root for Natalie as she battles the disease. If you are a woman looking to relate to a genuine female character in a novel that touches all emotions, culminating into a story of hope, then this novel is for you. – Christy Wong, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Booboo
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    July 19, 2011
    Booboo
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I took this book with me to chemotherapy for breast cancer. I enjoyed reading every word of it. I gave one to another lady who was there for the same thing. I also gave one to my sister who is a breast cancer survivor for 8 years. We decided that after we finish reading the book we will pass it on to others like us.
  2. Shirley Pease
    upstate New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Terrific book!
    March 30, 2011
    Shirley Pease
    upstate New York
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book shows the full range of emotions surrounding a diagnosis of breast cancer--sadness, humor, perseverance, etc. I thought it was fantastic.
  3. Leslie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 27, 2009
    Leslie
    This review was written for Reconstructing Natalie.
    As a woman in ladies ministry, this book takes you into the world of a woman battling a serious and scary illness. I think it would be helpful to you if you know someone with cancer. Many times people don't know how to react to someone's diagnosis. They don't know how to help in the right way. Often the wrong thing is said to the sufferer, or her privacy is severely violated making her uncomfortable and unable to be herself. I thought these issues were explained in a very helpful way. If you can learn from this fictionization of a real woman's struggle, you could be a real blessing during some woman's life. Remember she is not "her disease". She's the same person who you have known and loved throughout the years. Be involved in her life if she will accept your friendship and encouragement, and let her set the boundaries so she is comfortable with her life and relationships. Most of all don't disappear when she needs you. God bless you, and may God continue to give us miracles of healing.
  4. Shelly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 13, 2009
    Shelly
    This review was written for Reconstructing Natalie.
    This is a wonderful and inspiring book by Laura Jensen Walker. It details the struggle that Natalie goes through when she is diagnosed with breast cancer and is faced with the choice of whether or not to keep her breasts. Laura Jensen Walker deals with this subject with humor and sensitivity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has faced breast cancer or knows a friend or loved one who has.
  5. Lisa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 19, 2008
    Lisa
    What a great book! If there can be a humorous writing regarding the serious topic of breast cancer, this is the book. Natalie was so brave...yet not beyond recognizing or going through the fears of the unknown after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her family and great friends that lend support to her is admirable...as well as the new friends that she meets in her support group. I haven't known anyone personally that has gone through breast cancer...but this book has given me a little insight of what one does go through. How thankful we need to be need to be for our health...and the great compassion, love and tenderness we need to show those that are going through that kind of ordeal. Thank you Laura Jensen Walker for creating a story with real life issues and adding in alot of humor to make it more bearable. Great job!
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