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Would you listen to Family Tree again? Why?
Most definitely! It's a motivating read, makes my memory lapses seem not quite as bad as Annie, and
What other book might you compare Family Tree to, and why?
House Trained by Jackie Bouchard. Both Annie (Family Tree) and Alex deal with life changing incidents which requires them to adapt to their new circumstances. They have some failings, but manage triumph in the end, just not in the way they originally expected.
What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I don't really know, as audiobooks feel the same as normal books to me. I only listen to them because it's less tiring than reading, which is necessary since I have a medical condition with high fatigue and love reading so was a bit frustrated before I found audiobooks.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. Not because it isn't good, or that in some places I found the plot dragging (which may be because I listen when I'm tired), but because it was a bit of a deep emotional book, and I mostly need light reads so had to take time out to relax.
Any additional comments?
I felt sorry for Annie prior to the accident causing a year long coma, and very sorry after. It was so tough on her to not remember things, to have to relearn how to move her body, to get used to the initial high fatigue which is hard because she was previously a very active person. Her evil ex becomes even evil-er (no such word but who cares), which made me feel even sorrier for Annie. Annie isn't one to mope (much), she works as hard as she can to find her feet following her coma. Thankfully she does have the support of her family, which in itself is a bit of a surprise because there were some issues with her father prior to the coma, so she's got something extra to deal with on top of everything else.
I did cry a few times because there are moments when life overwhelms Annie. She rekindles friendship with someone from the past who could play a big part in her future. She learns the truth behind her previous job in the food cooking show business, which is cruel, and reignites her passion for food (once she's allowed in the kitchen), which is an outlet for any frustrations and her family get to try all the yummy food she creates.