- Paperback: 254 pages
- Average Customer Review:
- (7 customer reviews)
He presently owns an insurance agency in Sacramento, where he currently resides. "Five Years to Live" is not his only book for sale. He has also written, "When the Wife Cheats, " "From the Ashes: The Rise of the University of Washington Volleyball Program,” and "Inside the Spaghetti Bowl."
I thought the author did an outstanding job with the story. The story was an emotional one, and one that brings the reader into the lives of the characters so deeply, that the emotions transfer from the pages of the book to the reader. You laugh, you cry, you get frustrated, you celebrate.
The characters in the book were very well developed, so much so, that as you read the story, you can picture the characters in your head. You become part of their lives and part of their conversations.
Five years to Live gives the reader insight into the daily lives of a spinal injury victim, what it takes to achieve even the most minor of daily activities. The book also makes you wonder how some are so blessed with an inspiring disposition and others seem to be so lost. I have to repeat myself when I say the author did an outstanding job in the development of Michael's character. He got inside of his character's head and we had a front row seat to the happiness, the heartache, the tragedy, the setbacks, and the triumphs that was Michael's. It was amazing to read how one person took their diagnosis of five years to live and turned it around to live more than twenty-five years full of accomplishments.
Frank Zaccari also did a wonderful job showing the family member's emotions and coping abilities. This was a family that stood together and did what was needed for each person of their family.
While the storyline is exceptional, there were things about the book that I did not like. I personally do not like the Point of View shift in which the writer chose to write the book. I find this particular style of writing confusing, and feel that it detracts from the story. I also felt parts of the book were too simplistic, as though the writing level had taken drop to an elementary reading level. It was a distraction for me and I felt it took a five star book and dropped it down to a four star.
That being said (and I'm sure there will be controversy there) I think it is a book worth reading, especially if you have a spinal cord injured person in your family, or friend circle. The book is definitely an eye-opener.