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You Take It From Here (2012)

On their annual girls' vacation, Danielle learns best friend Smidge's lung cancer is back and this time, it's terminal. Smidge, ever the bossy one, proceeds to outline for Danielle how things are going to go, including her plan to have Danielle move into her house, marry her husband and raise her daughter after she's gone, keeping all of this a secret from Smidge's family, of course. Danielle is torn between granting her best friend's dying wish and being true to herself and the life she left Louisiana to live. When those closest to them begin to suspect something is up, Danielle decides it's time to finally take charge of the situation before it's too late. I found the premise of the book intriguing. How far would one go for a dying friend? However, even with several witty exchanges between Smidge, Danielle and those around them, I felt the story went on far too long without any significant plot until the very end of the book. I found Smidge to be an unlikeable character, even with everything she was going through, and hoped that by the end of the book, she would have redeemed herself with me. That was not the case. (LEK)

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