Thursday, February 26, 2009


Lovely's debut novel, a touching journey of the heart, tracks what happens to two Midwestern families after a death and a gift of life. Archeologist Alex Voormann and his plant biologist wife, Isabel, had a pleasant enough life in Iowa until Isabel was struck and killed while riding her bicycle. Alex reluctantly complies with her wish to be an organ donor, which saves the life of Janet Corcoran, a 34-year-old Chicago art teacher and mother of two. Lovely thoughtfully weaves the tales of these two families together, tracing the realities of love and loss of all kinds as Alex attempts to move on, the man who was driving the truck that killed Isabel begins popping up in unexpected places, and Janet seeks out Alex and Isabel's mother to thank them and express her guilt and empathy. Lovely does a great job of staying out of sappy melodrama as the gravity of Isabel's death pulls the cast together in memorable fashion. The delicate handling of loaded material, attention to detail and depth of character make this a standout.
Product Details
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Voice (February 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401322824
ISBN-13: 978-1401322823

Thanks to Parent Reviewers we were given the opportunity to review this great book!
Irreplaceable is a very emotional story. This book truly leaves you with something to think about! A lot of people sign the back of their license to become an organ donor and don't really think twice about it. This heart wrenching book explores how being an organ donor can impact the lives of many individuals. As I was reading the book I experienced many different emotions. With Lovely's in-depth character analysis I was really able to relate to the characters in this novel.

Irreplaceable is the story of what happens after an organ transplant, not only to Alex (husband of the donor) but also Janet (the organ recipient). Lovely is able to take us readers vividly inside the lives of each of these characters. Lovely also reveals the true intentions of each character to give us this unforgettable story of loss and love. This book sends us a gentle reminder that things can fall apart in an instant but just as suddenly come back together. We highly reccomend this great read!

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