Where I End Review

Book Review: 

My own thoughts about the book
I enjoyed Where I End. I mean, I read it front to back in one day, if that's any implication. The author's writing style made it obvious she has prior experience with writing, as the story flowed right along from chapter to chapter. The story is definitely sad to read. In the last chapters, she described what her life is like today, and it's hard to imagine. She is able to help herself and do most normal things, but she's clumsy and awkward. She describes herself as a young person in an old person's body. She has to be conscious of every detail she does, every step she takes.
One thing that stuck out to me was how she missed wearing high heels. I love wearing heels, and all of a sudden I find myself grateful that I have that ability. That's what this book will do to you. It'll help you become aware of small, insignificant details in your life and make you extremely grateful for them.
This book has quotes taken from other books at the beginning of each chapter, a feature I enjoyed very much. These quotes matched what happened in each chapter perfectly. For example, in chapter 7, there's a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King: 
"What do you fear, lady?" [Aragorn] asked. "A cage," [Eowyn] said. 
And then she proceeds to describe how after her surgery she felt like she was trapped in a cage - and her own body was the cage. She could not move, not breathe, not see, and there was a pressure building inside her. But I'll stop now before I tell you the whole story; I'd much rather you'd get the book and read it yourself.
Her story is miraculous. And heroic. She constantly thought of her children, how to spare them from even more pain and trauma, even while she herself was in the midst of extreme pain. The last chapters clarify that she still does that. Her life - hers and her family's - will never be the same, will never be "normal" again. But she has found a way to cope and handle it. She knows how her incapabilities might only get worse as she ages, but despite that she's profoundly grateful for the healing that has taken place and for how far she's come.
This book is praised by Joni Eareckson Tada. Read what she says about it: "I've heard a great many stories about people who have suffered life-altering injuries. But some rise above the rest . . . and that's how I feel about the book you hold in your hands. I give Where I End my strong recommendation."
Me too. Definitely.