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Reconstructing Natalie (Women of Faith Fiction) (2006 Novel of the Year) [Paperback]

By Laura Jensen Walker (Author)
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Natalie Moore is about to lose what little cleavage she had.She'll shave her head, leave her church, fall for a man in scrubs, learn to tap, and flash a roomful of women.Natalie needs to know with or without her breasts she is more than the sum of her parts.

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Natalie Moore is about to lose what little cleavage she had.

She'll shave her head, leave her church, fall for a man in scrubs, learn to tap, and flash a roomful of women.

Natalie needs to know with or without her breasts she is more than the sum of her parts.

From Publishers Weekly
Serious chick-lit? It can work, as seen in this faith-filled novel that revolves around breast cancer. Single gal Natalie Moore is just 27 when she is diagnosed with the disease. Walker's humor leavens the panic and the illness's accompanying indignities, such as a painful mammogram ("Now I knew how it felt to be a hamburger patty on a George Foreman grill"). Cancer's emotional and spiritual ramifications also drive the plot line-getting dropped like a hot potato by a boyfriend, dating woes, avoidance by friends, leaving her church. Boob puns proliferate, especially at a "Boob Voyage" party thrown by friends before Natalie's double mastectomy. Amidst the ugliness of chemo, hair loss and upchucking at the thought of chocolate is a chance for Natalie to make new friends, establish priorities, loosen some overly close family ties and develop empathy. And yes-have reconstructive surgery that increases her original A cup size. Romance waits in the wings, of course, and readers won't have to guess too hard to know Natalie's Mr. Right. There are a few faux pas, including an odd dream sequence and a plug for what appears to be Walker's own nonfiction book, Thanks for the Mammogram!. Those diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors and their women friends will find this an enjoyable and encouraging read. (Sept. 5) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Reconstructing Natalie (Women of Faith Fiction) (2006 Novel of the Year) by Laura Jensen Walker has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Publishers Weekly - 06/19/2006 page 39
  • CBA Retailers - 08/01/2006 page 42
  • Library Journal - 09/01/2006 page 173
  • Foreword - 01/01/2007 page 45
  • Foreword - 08/19/2009

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   318
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 6.88" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Series  Women Of Faith Fiction  
Series Number  18  
ISBN  1595540679  
ISBN13  9781595540676  
UPC  020049130520  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Reconstructing Natalie (Women of Faith Fiction) (2006 Novel of the Year)?

Not worth the read.  Oct 9, 2008
I read this book while I was actually going through chemo after a masectomy. I was 25 at the time, and I was very excited about reading a book about a person like myself. Unfortunately, this book fell short of decent reading.
The character development was forced, obvious, and trite: she went from being extremely childish, even for a 27-yr-old, to "finding herself." She made chemo sound like the stomach flu, and there were no surprises at all. The few male characters in the book are very two-dimensional, and it was so obvious who she was going to end up with from page 2--and didn't answer any questions/hopes etc... that one would hope to get from fiction on being a single woman with cancer. It's obvious she's going to get perfect love from a boy at the end, with no real thought put into the concern.
The author seemed to spend more time with what it was like having bigger, fake [...], than what it's like to miss your own.
I gave it two stars instead of one, because I don't remember any glaring grammar mistakes, and there Were a couple of scenes that I did appreciate and do touch my heart. However, those don't make up for the rest of it.
Fulfilling Read  Sep 20, 2008
Loved every page, quick read, good humor, inspiring, highly recommend to any woman 25 or older. This was my first Christian fiction romance novel and I was delighted to find the author's style of writing was engaging and relatable.
It was almost a perfect 5.  Sep 2, 2008
I almost gave this book a perfect 5. It really could have been a wonderful book. It was full of insight into breast cancer and it's survivors. It had great friends and an absolutely beautiful romance but I got hung up on one thing that really colored the rest of the book for me. The main character and her girlfriends were avid fans of (in my opinion) a very raunchy, long running sitcom. After learning that and afterwards, the references to the sitcom, the book just kind of lost steam for me...
Did I read the same book as everyone else  Jan 31, 2008
This book was just awful. There was not one character that I had sympathy for. Natalie was a brat and then she learned about the cancer and became even a bigger one. All the chracters were either one dimensional or stereotypical, and you saw what was coming with them a mile away. The token black woman in the book, I cannot believe the dialogue that was coming out of her mouth, and this woman was to be a lawyer. The only one of the trio of girlfriend that knew of any real work or independence was Merritt and she was the only one that and person can relate to. I guess when you are from an affluent, religious upper middle class family that is how you are suppose to act. This book deserved no stars at all.
Wishing for the days when you used to stuff your bra  Nov 16, 2007
Natalie has never really paid much attention to boobs before until she finds out that she may lose her own. Only 27 years old, she hears the dreaded words from her doctor that she has breast cancer. Determined to not let this get the best of her, Natalie prepares for what will be a life changing journey. Along with the support of her friends and family, she goes through the process of having to adapt to a world where survival means everything.

I have been extremely fortunate that I have not lost anyone close to me to breast cancer. However I know that there are thousands of people in the world who are affected by this and are suffering. This book perfectly balances the seriousness of the issue with lightheartedness to not make the story a downer. The writing is fun with lots of pop trivia sprinkled in, and is written in a chick lit tone of voice. I loved Natalie as a character. I admired her strength and her courage to be able to handle her situation with such grace and dignity. Some people would have seen how this affected her at such a young age as a death wish and given up hope for survival. She however, with her friends, is able to take everything one day at a time and enjoy life to the fullest. I loved the party her friends gave her before the surgery, especially the boob-cake. I was thinking this may be the one and only time I've read a Christian book that used the words boobs and breasts on every other page! I think it might also be one of the very few books where the main character gets topless of her own free will! This book showed how breast cancer affects not just the person with the cancer but everyone around them as well. I learned a lot from reading this book. I enjoyed the support group that Natalie attended especially the "show" she got from her first meeting! I was glad to read the information that men are also candidates for breast cancer as many people are unaware of this. This book is a book I would recommend every women to read. Not only is it informative but the story is engaging as well. This could happen to anyone and it's best to be aware and be knowledgeable in case the unthinkable happens.

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