BOOK REVIEW: Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova

Released: January 4, 2011 (Simon & Schuster)
Source: Purchased
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Genova delivers a poignant novel about a busy, vibrant woman in her 30s who has a car accident, leaving her to deal with a crippling disorder called left neglect.

My Thoughts (May Contain Spoilers) 

I LOVED this book. It was something so different from what I normally read and it really turned me onto Lisa Genova. She is an amazing writer—very thorough with her research, and she writes great, believable characters.

This is a story of a woman, Sarah, who gets a brain injury after a car accident. The injury causes her to “lose” awareness of her left side. Having been a busybody before the accident, Sarah must learn to retrain her brain and learn to focus on the people and things that matter most.

I can’t praise this book enough. It really makes you think. Just recently, in Alberta, cell phone usage was banned in cars. A lot of people were (and still are) upset. After reading this book, it really turned my thoughts to what could really happen when an accident happens after you were doing something you thought was so innocent while behind the wheel. The thought alone of what kind of damage can be done makes me be so much more cautious while driving. Sure, some people can brush it off and say, “Oh well, maybe a few broken bones?” But what about a broken brain?

Left Neglected really makes a person think. How often do we walk into a room and not really pay attention to what’s there. How often do we not pay attention to ourselves? When you think that you’ve “seen it all,” have you really?

While it might sound like a simple subject for a novel, with not very many places to go, Lisa Genova proves you wrong. I’ve also read Still Alice, by Genova, and it’s the same as Left Neglected—both books really show the reader what the condition is like. Genova doesn’t glaze over the details, she puts you right in there, empathizing with the main character. In the end, you can’t help but rethink how you’re going about your days and what you might be able to do differently.

I highly recommend this book. Genova’s dedication to research and her detailed writing (without being too detailed) is inspiring. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Read More of My Lisa Genova Reviews

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2 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova

  1. Perfect review. Lisa Genova is an all time favourite and Still Alice is my top 3.

    I also enjoyed Left Neglected, it made me say no more texting while driving, what a scary thought. It may make my top ten this year. Perfectly researched and executed. I’m glad your reading Still Alice now, look forward to your thoughts.

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