The first half of All You Can Ask For introduces Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine. Brooke is happily
Three strangers who come together because of one common link, breast cancer. Although many novels feature a cast with one character who has cancer, and usually dies from it, leaving the rest of the characters to mourn, this novel is different. Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine all handle cancer in their own ways. And, it may surprise readers as to some of the solutions. It's those unexpected decisions that make the novel interesting.
All You Could Ask For fulfills its purpose by calling attention to breast cancer, and the strong relationships women develop to help each other through rough times. The flaw in the novel comes from the use of four-letter words, which will definitely turn some readers off. It's a shame that Greenberg chose to create one character in particular who persisted in using the f-word as a mantra. It's particularly a shame because that disappeared in the second half of the book when the focus changed to life style changes and knowing what was important in life. However, I know of two readers who decided not to go on with the book because of the language.
Mike Greenberg does force readers to examine their own lives with the question, "What makes life worth living?" It's obvious that his characters, faced with the possibility of their own death, might search for answers. Is life about family? Is it about possibilities? Is it about the moment? All You Could Ask For presents three women with choices in their own lives. And, it forces readers to examine their own lives, thinking about choices. And, isn't that as much as any author could ask for?
There's a short video that accompanies the book, with Mike Greenberg discussing it with his wife and two friends.
Mike Greenberg's website is http://allyoucouldaskfor.com, and his Twitter account is https://twitter.com/Espngreeny
All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg. William Morrow. 2013. ISBN 9780062220769 (paperback), 264p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I was sent the book in order to participate in a TLC Book Tour.