Review: Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver

Title: Slip­ping Real­ity (Ama­zon, Goodreads)
Author:  Emily Beaver (Goodreads, Web­site)
Series: None
Pub­lisher: Author­house
Genre: Young Adult
For­mat: Kin­dle E-​​Book
Source: Net­Gal­ley


In a time of hard­ship and heart­break, some­times, real­ity just isn’t enough. Slip­ping Real­ity is the story of fourteen-​​year-​​old Kate­lyn Emer­son, who, when faced with the glar­ing real­ity of her brother’s ill­ness, rebels against the truth by slip­ping away into the depths of her own imag­i­na­tion. There, she finds the kind of sup­port and com­fort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn’s grasp on real­ity begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver’s debut novel is a com­ing of age story that deals with the tri­als of young grief, insight, and growth where it’s least expected.


It took me longer than planned to read this book, but some­times life gets in the way.  For Emily Beaver, and her char­ac­ter, Kate­lyn, life got in the way of her nor­mal life as well.  The story is told from a young girl’s per­spec­tive as she deals with the final­ity of her brother’s bat­tle with can­cer.  She finds escape in her imag­i­na­tion, although at times, her fic­tion is so believ­able, you begin to won­der what’s real and what’s not.  Beaver’s writ­ing is amaz­ing, but you don’t dis­cover that until you are well into the book.  The begin­ning of the book goes back and forth between real­ity and imag­i­na­tion so much that it’s hard to keep track of where you are and what’s hap­pen­ing.  I think with a lit­tle edit­ing this could have been fixed up.  Once the base­line of the story is set though, you are drawn into a world that allows Kate­lyn to deal with the anx­i­ety and issues she has related to her brother and best friend dying.

There are a lot of raw emo­tions in this book, and it’s hard not to feel for both the char­ac­ter and the author.  At the end of the book, there is a note from the author detail­ing how she came to write this story about her strug­gles with her brother’s death at a young age from can­cer.  The begin­ning of the book is clearly writ­ten by a 14 year-​​old, but you can see her writ­ing blos­som as she devel­ops the story.  I am excited to see what comes from her in the future.

I would highly rec­om­mend this book to any­one who has lost a loved one, or is deal­ing with the loss of a loved one to can­cer.  I would also rec­om­mend this to teens who are deal­ing with a loss of any kind.  I know read­ing sim­i­larly themed sto­ries as a young adult helped me through some hard times and I know I would have read this had it been released all those years ago.

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