Chick lit, Drama

The Bright Side Running Club by Josie Lloyd

The author draws inspiration and information from her own trials with Breast Cancer to write this book. This statement could have been left unsaid but still been understood. The sheer confusion and emotions that overwhelm Kiera when given her diagnosis are very stark.
Kiera is a happy mother with a close-knit social circle and a job she loves, but when she finds out that she is ill, cracks start appearing in all other facets as well. The only thing that helps her stay sane and gain a new perspective of her life is a chance encounter with a runner outside the hospital. This leads to a new practice – that of running to keep both her physical and emotional state up.
A lot is happening in this story, and despite the number of balls being juggled in the air, I read this in almost one sitting! There was something fascinating about the almost ordinary life of Kiera and her trials. It brought out the extraordinary from the everyday walks of life, and that made it a very satisfactory read. It tackled the disease with varying levels of seriousness, adding another layer to the narrative. Her children did not suddenly become angels and understand her every whim; neither did her friends or husband. They were supportive but with some hurdles on the way, making it feel genuine. Even with the sort-of happily ever afters for some sections of the book, this was heavier than I anticipated.
The heaviness does not overpower it but makes it an emotional read. I would definitely pick up another book by the author and recommend this to others who are intrigued by the plotline.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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