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The title of this books lets you know exactly what you're about to read. At first I didn't think the title was a good idea but as I read through the book I began to appreciate the title and its revelation on what was to come, I was prepared then for the end. This is a beautifully written story of real love in a real life situation. I found it touching and moving. This is a book that deserves to be read.
This was a tough read, but well worth it. This was the first book I had read by this author and will definitely be picking up more books by her. The journey of Sara and Ben is a tough one, but radiates of finding love and how much it can change your life if you open yourself up. I knew the ending but kept hoping that it would be different as I wanted to see so much of Sara and Ben's life. This is definitely a book I would recommend to others.
I’m giving this book five stars for only one reason: I can’t give it six. It’s not a conventional romance, it’s an extremely touching and emotional story of two people who meet under almost the worst of circumstances in a cancer clinic, try to make the best of what is left of their lives and wind up finding the best of all possible worlds.
The title gives away the ending, but it is the getting there, the journey that while short is as long as the characters need, that is the real story. This is not a book to be skimmed, to be raced through, but rather to be read slowly and savored. It is a book that puts the reader in touch with the characters from the inside, puts the characters inside the reader and leaves the reader somehow different at the end.
It rings true, and I don’t say that about many books. None other, in fact. I almost expected to find the author explaining that it was her own story. Get this book, read it ... and be changed.
This isn’t an easy story to read. But it’s a beautiful and important one. It reminds us that even if you’re life is about to end, it doesn’t mean you can’t love and be loved. A future is still a future even if it’s a short one and what you do with that time, matters. There are so many dilemmas in this book, too many for people who are also battling cancer. But the author writes their story so beautifully and sensitively. Walks us through the path they’ve chosen. This book is incredibly emotional and it’s worth it.
Wow! I can't say a bad word about this well written, well developed, detailed, raw and intelligent book! Difficult and earth shattering topics are exposed and portrayed with grace, detail, heart, understanding and excellent style. Wonderful book!!
A moving and elegantly-written love story about two cancer patients who meet and fall in love. Not knowing how much time on earth either of them have, they approach their new relationship with wondrous eyes and gratitude for every moment. Taking the time to work through their family issues, they find a level of intimacy neither has previously found before. This was worth reading for the good writing and the moving story.
A well written emotional journey. I became invested in these realistic characters. His Name was Ben is a unique type of romance. It is a difficult topic with a beautiful lesson. Congrats to the author on a wonderful job. I highly recommend it.
This is a bittersweet story of two people meeting in the oncologist’s office and how their relationship developed from there. Much more than a love story begun in the knowledge that life may be short with the need to take each day for what it could bring. The story itself is worth 5 stars, it’s realistic and believable and I loved the characters, but I took off half a star for some strange sentences and a few typos and formatting. I love books by this author and I think now I have read them all and will read every one she publishes. While this book is good, it’s not quite my favourite but I still recommend it as it’s a great story.
“His name was Ben” is one of those stories that will stay with you long after the last page is turned. It starts with a story of Sara, who is battling breast cancer. As her condition deteriorates, she starts losing all hope and even desire to keep struggling when two things happen: her doctor announces that she had just been accepted into a new study which has been showing amazing results and, while sitting in Dr. Zimmerman’s waiting room, she sees a man filling out a patient’s form. Ben - she catches a glimpse of his name and number on his paperwork - is seemingly healthy and good-looking, and for the first time in god knows how long Sara feels a spark of interest within her. What follows is an amazing, bitter-sweet story of two people who met in the most unusual circumstances and decided that no matter what fate brings their way, they would try and make the best of what they have, let it be for a few days or years to come. What I really loved about this story is how real every character felt. By the end, I felt like I knew them all personally, and I cried with them over their tragedies and cheered their happiness. The main message of the story - appreciate your life and cherish every day as it can be your last one - is delivered in an extremely powerful way, and I couldn’t help but hope for the best for both characters. Tazzie, Sara’s loyal Rottie, deserves a special mention - she made an absolutely adorable character! A brilliant novel that reads like non-fiction, which I would highly recommend to everyone!