‘When You Read This’ is the latest book by Mary Adkins.
For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish. Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.
This is book is quite the heartbreaking story that is delivered with wit and attitude.
When Iris receives the devastating news that she’s dying, she decides to spend her final days, blogging her thoughts and reflecting on her life. Her final dying request to her boss and good friend Smith Simonyi is that her blog is published.
Now, responsible for her friends dying wish, and against her sisters objections and an eager assistant, Smith is finding it all difficult and overwhelming.
The story is written through a series of emails between the characters and this really does make for entertaining reading.
Iris’s older sister called Jade, is totally against the idea of her blog being published and the emails between her and Smith are pleasurable reading as they become friends with one another, sharing the mutual pain of losing Iris and confiding in each other.
The story is a poignant and tender tale that really engages the readers attention. Also the unique style with how it is written, with the emails and random stories that pop up, showing the other changes and difficulties that the characters face is really interesting.
Also the way that Iris faces her own immortality really does make for heartbreaking reading as she faces her death, whether that’s through the medium of words or diagrams.
A captivating story of love and friendship and the tentative steps of starting over, ‘When You Read This’ is an original story with an unique narrative that made for lovely reading.
You can buy ‘When You Read This’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.