Promise me : how a sister’s love launched the global movement to end breast cancer

From Lisa Kropp
author: Brinker, Nancy
 Promise me : how a sister’s love launched the global movement to end breast cancer
 Part memoir, part non-fiction battle against breast cancer, this book tells how the author lost her beloved older sister, Suzy, to breast cancer at the age of 37. In one of her final conversations with her sister, she vowed to do everything she could to fight breast cancer and raise money in her sister’s name. Thus, the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation was born.  Thirty years after the death of her sister, the Susan G. Komen For the Cure is one of the most influential and respected health charities in the world, raising over 1.5 billion dollars towards education, research, and community programs.  This was a fascinating read on how literally one person CAN make a huge difference when they put their mind to something.

One Day

From Lisa Kropp
author: Nicholls, David
One Day
 This clever story follows the lives of Dexter and Emma by focusing on a single day each year for two decades. We meet the unlikely twosome the day they graduate from university in England in 1988, and see how that initial meeting will change both of their lives forever. Over the next twenty years, they run circles around one another as their lives intertwine in surprising ways. This was a very entertaining read that was written in such a way that the reader is left at the end of each chapter, or “year” wanting to know more. Dex and Em might be polar opposites, but their story is a classic tale of love that hits all the right notes down to the surprise ending.

Nineteen Minutes

From Lisa  Kropp
author: Piccoult, Jodi
titl: Nineteen Minutes
In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can order a pizza and get it delivered. You can read a story to a child or have your oil changed.You can walk a mile. You can sew a hem. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge.

So begins this tale about a high school student who, having been bullied his entire life, makes the decision to walk into his school one day armed with four guns, changing the course of life in a small New Hampshire town forever. This being a Jodi Piccoult novel, expect lots of twists and turns, as the inevitable is never truly what it seems to be in her writing. If you like mysteries and fiction based in part on actual events from the news, then throw this book into your beach bag this summer.