What book has kept you up all night reading under the covers?
So many books have kept me up all night. The most memorable would have to be Don’t Die, My Love. By Lurlene McDaniel. I was sixteen years old and checked it out from the library for a book report. It was the first book I ever stayed up all night reading. I remember it was a Saturday night and I stayed in bed all day Sunday still recovering from reading it. I had never had a book have such an affect on me before. I had no clue the emotional wreck it would leave me.
At the time I thought the book was awful. I mean, it made me cry and left me sad for days after I finished it. When I wrote my book report I said over and over how much I hated the book. I returned the book to the library a week after I checked it out. Even though I hated the way I felt when I finished Don’t Die, My Love I still went looking for more books by Lurlene McDaniel. I read everything that was available by her that year.
Almost all of her book made me cry ugly tears. At the same time my love for reading was born. I couldn’t get enough of her characters. At the time I almost needed them. The pain they felt made the real pain in my life almost seem bearable. Reading become my escape from life.
Today when I’m asked what my favorite book is; Don’t Die, My Love is my answer. I love that book. I had no idea the way it would change my life. I also hope that one day someone will read something I have written and be just even a little bit affected by it. Maybe they will even stay up all night just to finish it.
Roxanne Daniels was supposed to be spending her summer getting ready to head off to Julliard. That was the plan. But that was before- Before she found her mother’s lifeless body- Before she walked in on her boyfriend in bed with someone else. Before she knew what heart shattering pain felt like.
Now all she wants is for the pain to go away. But it never does.
Until him. A complete stranger who could end up being much more.
But letting go and moving on is easier said than done.