“I really enjoyed this book a lot. Barbara Delinsky always keeps me interested and there are always twists that surprise me. This book was no different. Quick read.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This book was just real sad to me. And it just kept on and on with the sadness - a little too drawn out to me. It's a heavy book - just be prepared before you read it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I really enjoyed this book a lot. Barbara Delinsky always keeps me interested and there are always twists that surprise me. This book was no different. Quick read.”Shari H wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Here are more familiar scenes - a beloved relative struck down young & unexpectedly, an extreme sport that thrills and fulfilles but carries its own double edged sword. Though the writing is not its strength, the story is powerful. I stayed up late finishing it and found it has quite a lot on interesting information on the world of running and runners.”Kyble wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I just couldn't get into this one for some reason. I really wanted to like it but it never really grabbed me.”Novelist Diamond Drake wrote this review Monday, September 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In fairness, I have to say I did not finish this book. The story is about siblings and their complex relationship, but the backdrop continues to be in a hospital room where Robin is in a coma with no chance for recovery. I put the book down for a week, and when I came back, guess what - still in a coma! I feel like she's a distant relative and weekly updates about her condition are more than enough.”Joni S wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There's actually a very good plot, with lots of interesting details. But I just can't figure out why anyone would want to write such a SAD story... Of course, I did read the whole thing.”Conni Z wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An OK read. Not horrible not fantastic. I found that it didn't grab me quite like Jodi Picoult does however the story line is similar to something she'd write. I think there needed to be a little MORE at the end.”Teri E wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Strangely the healing overcomes the sadness.”T Castle wrote this review Thursday, March 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very good story. A real page turner, as are all of Barbara Delinsky's books!”Kimberly wrote this review Tuesday, February 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First book read by this Author but the story did not disappoint. Rich with authentic and human characters who deal with the complexities of their worst and best selves. A tragedy brings a myriad of issues and emotions to the forefront for a family of 5. The parents seem to dote on one of the 'Star' children and the other two have perceptions that shape their very being. Well written, this is a warm, heartening, informative, and touching story that will make you laugh out loud, cry and feel a connection with the community of people involved in the story. I found it to be a very satisfying read and wasn't quite ready to release the characters at the story's end. I am hoping that the Author will do a second book on this family and give us an update. There are definitely enough ways to segue into a sequel. ”BookSolid wrote this review Saturday, December 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"While My Sister Sleeps" by Barbara Delinsky is a novel, which illustrates the human relationship between families. The plot is about a runner, Robin, who has a sudden heart attack. Soon after she is sent to the hospital, the doctor reports her as "brain-dead". While Robin sleeps unconscious at the hospital, her sister Molly reflects the tangled relationship they always had. As Molly starts cleaning up Robin's room, she discovers many untold truths about the family she thought she knew.
The story is told in third person, Molly as the protagonist. Barbara Delinsky expresses the common relationship all siblings have, evolving around a sudden accident.
The main themes of this novel include the importance of friendship, trust, and acceptance of death being a part of the life cycle. This novel is a mind opening book, where I found myself relating to my own life and happenings. Even though the death of Robin comes by a rude awakening, the characters of the novel find their way out of despair, and eventually the hidden truths between various relations are revealed.
"While My Sister Sleeps" is an extremely touching story, which can be related to anybody's daily life. It also teaches you a life time lesson that when things get out of control or unexpected, relations between families and friends are what really helps. ”