Book Review: Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Glued to your Blackberry? Connected to your laptop as if it’s a limb? Addicted to coffee because it’s the only way you can get through the day after only 4 hours of sleep the night before?

This is the life of MBA Sarah Nickerson, an HR VP that doesn’t stop. She balances a career, a husband, three kids, a nanny and numerous other daily tasks.

Life seems well-balanced as she tries to keep all the juggling in check, until a sudden tragedy forces her to slow down, a concept that Sarah is not very familiar with. A car accident leaves her suddenly unable to live the fast-paced life she had always known. A traumatic injury to her brain leaves her with a medical condition known as “Left Neglect”, a very rare and interesting challenge for Sarah.

What starts out as a frustrating journey for Sarah blossoms into a time of introspective growth as she begins to suddenly view life through a new lens. She soon learns that the seemingly career-focused life she was living might have been missing some important pieces (and people) and that sometimes the best things in life come out of seemingly horrible situations.

Being an individual that works in a very fast-paced corporate environment, this book spoke to me. It made me step back and realize that life is too short to spend way too many hours staring at my laptop screen. When I look back on my life, I want to have more to show for it than the emails in my “Sent Mail” folder.

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The characters are well-developed and Sarah’s struggles are easily relatable to the average “mom on the go” in today’s society.

Purchase it for your Kindle today!



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