Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister
SUBJECT: friendships, challenges
Setting: Seattle WA, Grand Canyon
CHARACTERS: Kate, Caroline, Marion, Hadley, Daria, Sara, Ava, Robin
DATE READ: January 29 - January 30
NO. OF PAGES: 269
Off the Shelf (pre-2013)? Source?: yes, ARC stockpile
THRESHOLD QUALITY: 3.5
Kate has finally finished with chemo and recovery from her double mastectomy. She has beat Cancer and decides to have a victory dinner with her 6 friends that stood by her through her ordeal. But the celebration turns into something more. Her daughter has been trying to convince Kate to go on a white water rafting trip through the Grand Canyon but Kate is afraid to take the risk. Her friends convince her to make a bargain - she takes the rafting trip but they each have to do something that is outside their comfort zone and Kate gets to choose for each of her friends.
The book chronicles each of the ladies' challenge and their emotions at facing their own fears. It was interesting because the challenges were so individual and unusual and yet match the background of each character perfectly.