William Morrow (imprint of HarperCollins)
272 pages (hardback)
Welcome to the first stop on TLC Book Tours blog tour for All You Could Ask For: A Novel by Mike Greenberg. Also, today is the release date for book. I am so grateful and honored to get to review this book on the publication date.
When I received the invitation to review All You Could Ask For, I jumped at the chance to read this book in the “women’s fiction” genre written by sports broadcaster Mike Greenberg. I know him as Greeny on the weekday morning sports show called Mike and Mike in the Morning on the local Dallas ESPN radio station. I was curious to know how good a writer he could possibly be in his first attempt at fiction in the genre better known as “chick lit.”
I would say Mr. Greenberg’s first foray into this area of fiction is a winner!
Deliberately not reading anything about the book except for the invitation email from TLC Book Tours and not listening to the show since the email was received and the book completed, I began reading All You Could Ask For and had work not interfered, I would have finished the book in a day. Engrossed in the story right away, this easy-to-read yet serious story is the kind of book that is hard for me to break away from–I could not put it down.
The novel is written from the point of view of three women, all of whom are connected before they even meet or hear of each other. The first part of the book is an introduction to the three women and their life stories. The second part of the book deals with each of their stories as they all cope with the diagnosis of breast cancer. I believe Greenberg hits a home run because I would not have thought the book was written by a guy, much less a sports guy. But if you listen or watch the simulcast of Mike and Mike, then you know what an outstanding guy he is and how he could definitely be successful and sensitive in this endeavor.
I enjoyed the well written vignettes by Katherine, Brooke, and Samantha as their lives are presented and their stories progress. Each vignette ends sooner than you want or ends with a surprise and/or hook that keeps you wanting more. At the beginning of many of the short chapters narrated by one of the three ladies, the first sentence by one of the three often relates to the last sentence by one of the other two in some way.
The only format I did not appreciate as much was that of emails to an online forum, but I suppose there was really no other way to present each woman seeking support from other breast cancer patients anonymously and online. Regardless, the subject was important and the story moved forward via these online emails. Perhaps I was reminded of those popular books by E.L. James and was tired of reading email headings.
Some of the conversations about dating, sex, relationships, and marriage, as well as the ones about the workplace and the cast of characters you find in the corporate world were hilarious. I am sure Mr. Greenberg talked to all his female friends, coworkers, relatives, and who knows else to capture so many different perspectives.
Maybe by reading this book, many women will be reminded that they need to do their monthly breast self exam, get a mammogram if it is time or past time, and be a little more educated. Also, I like how the book emphasized that all treatments and options are not the same for everyone, and patients have to decide what to do or not do and what is best for themselves and not be judged because their choices and decisions.
–author and broadcaster Mike Greenberg
All of us have probably been affected by cancer in some way. I think this book emphasizes how critical it is for those diagnosed with cancer to have a support system, be it through families, friends, or support groups. Just to let you know, the profits from this book will be given to a foundation to support cancer research. This foundation is called Heidi’s Angels and proceeds will go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
TLC Book Tours schedule for All You Could Ask For
Also, Mr. Greenberg personally is on tour to promote his new book. CLICK HERE for his appearance schedule.
If you want to read a funny, sensitive, and poignant but ultimately uplifting book, I recommend All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg.