Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Blog Tour: My POV of A Closer Look by Karen DellaCava


304 pages
Published by Westside Books
 Freshman year is going well for Cassie, a standout sprinter who is about to move up to varsity; school has been fine, her best friend Tara is also running track, and Tommy, that cute sax player she likes has asked her to come see his band rehearse. But in a matter of weeks, Cassie has a secret she is trying to hide from everyone. Her hair has started falling out, and she s doing everything possible to keep it from showing. When her parents tell her it happened to her once before, at age 3, she s horrified, and a trip to the dermatologist confirms what she has been afraid of: that all of her hair may fall out. She has alopecia, and there s no known effective treatment. Cassie eventually gets a wig when she can no longer disguise the truth, and she finally confides in Tommy about it. But when he starts being standoffish and avoids her, she feels betrayed. Then, at a track meet, Robin, her rival on the team, exposes her secret to the whole crowd. With her worst fears realized, will Cassie ever be able to face her classmates, her teammates, and most of all, Tommy?--Goodreads
Rating:

My POV
Inspiring to the very end! A Closer Look takes us through Cassie's very emotional journey of living with alopecia. A disease that causes mild to total hair loss.

This is Cassie's freshmen year in high school and things are look bright especially when she see's "first kiss" Tommy at the Battle of the Bands. Reuniting with a crush seem like the perfect start for the new year but her alopecia starts to progress pretty quickly and she has no clues what to do. Thank goodness for her best friends Tara! Through thick and thin this girl sticks with Cassie. But, when all is said and done and you can't deal with your own situation you will miss out on life by letting other dictate how you live. This is what Cassie learns by the end of this book. It was great to see her over come so many obstacles. Very inspiring!

I think it's hard enough going through high school without having any kind of illness that effects your appearance and this kind of disorder almost make life unbearable. Reading this story brings to my attention how brave the real survivors of the this disease have to be. It's very touching and a very good example of the saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".

Quote
"Honey, I know it's hard. But we can't always control what happens to us. the only thing we can control is who we react to the situation. You're going to be all right, Cassie. I know it."
*****
You're incredibly brave, honey. I didn't realize how far this had gone."
*****
"Alopecia is an autoimmune disease..." "Hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a person's own immune system. Four and a half million people in the country have it. At present, there is no cure."

Links
Karen DelleCava.com

Message from the Author
 I'm giving away a signed copy of the book plus a SURPRISE GIFT (but do not open it until page 153) at the end of The {Teen} Book Scene blog tour.

Visit my website www.karendellecava.com for complete details for how to enter to win!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Trini,
    Thank you for this very lovely review!!! I'm thrilled you enjoyed A Closer Look! And I just love your blog.

    If any of your followers are interested, I'm giving away a signed copy of the book plus a SURPRISE GIFT (but do not open it until page 153) at the end of The {Teen} Book Scene blog tour.

    Visit my website www.karendellecava.com for complete details for how to enter to win!

    Thanks again!
    Karen DelleCava

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  2. Great review! I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds amazing :) I'm loving that second quote, too.

    Misa
    The Magic Attic Book Blog

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