Excerpt + Review: My Perfect Imperfection by Jalpa Williby
I can’t talk. I can’t walk. I’m alive.
But, am I living?
My name is Lily Cooper, and I have Cerebral Palsy.
I can’t seem to control my muscles. My body refuses to cooperate.
I may be confined to my wheelchair, but my mind is sharp.
And I’m stubborn as hell.
I will not allow my disability to define me.
I will pave my own path in life.
I choose strength.
I choose to live.
Excerpt: The rain slamming on the windshield is making it impossible to see clearly. I can tell she’s too upset to notice that she’s driving too fast, especially around the curves. I bite my bottom lip and swallow the scream from escaping when the van slips a few times. I don’t want to yell at her for fear that she’ll turn around to check on me while driving. Instead, I hold my breath and pray that she’ll slow down.
The headlights come from nowhere, blinding us. Where did they come from?
“Hold on, Lily!” she yells as she spins the steering wheel.
My heart stops beating when the van swerves out of control. I shut my eyes as the deafening sound of the screeching brakes and the crunching metal hits me like a tidal wave. The shattered glass tinkles around me, and everything moves in slow motion. As our van continues to spin, a deathly silence encases me.
I hear nothing. I feel nothing. I’m floating…and my life flashes before my eyes.
Review: This book is excellent! I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My Perfect Imperfections is heartbreaking and raw, yet hopeful and courageous. This book is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. The emotional magnitude within this story has really stolen my breath away. We begin the journey with the birth of two twin girls, only one has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Her name is Lilly Cooper. When her sister, Layna rationalizes the differences between herself and Lilly, their bond begins to grow stronger. They become inseparable throughout their youth and even into their teenage years. Lilly has always defined herself by her disabilities, but Layna always encourages her to see the wonderful person who could do anything with that sharp mind of hers. Lilly can’t walk or talk…without her communication device. She can’t feed herself or use the restroom without assistance. The things that she accomplishes throughout her entire life is astounding though. She is absolutely brilliant and independent, out of defiance. She is fearful, yet passionate. When Lilly finally looks into the mirror and sees a glimpse of the beautiful woman that Layna has always seen, the wheelchair becomes almost invisible to her deception of capability. This moment that she has given herself, changes her whole view on life. She decides then…that she chooses strength, to truly live without fear of her disability failing her. It is hard work, but Lilly knows that it will be worth it.
My favorite characters are Layna, Chance and Lilly. The author does a superb job with the development of these three characters. Beginning with Layna, her personality is absolutely beautiful. With a heart as pure as hers, she never strays away from the love for her sister. The bond that Layna and Lilly share is enigmatic, full of raw emotion that really teared me up. Her stubbornness towards Lilly’s complaints made her strong and compassionate. The fact that she never wanted to leave her sister, even for college was also very courageous. Chance is my second favorite character. He is brave, affectionate, smart and witty. From the beginning of their friendship, Chance had always treated Lilly like an equal. His doubt and his avoidance to issues in his life are sad, yet hopeful. Then, there is Lilly. She is my favorite character. She is also beautiful in every way, even though she doesn’t see it at first. When Chance points it out to her, she then understands that she has so much more to offer then her dependency for someone else to take on. Her strength is what Chance leans on. She has the ease of making friends who truly love her. That brain of hers leads her through school to get her major. Her strive for independence allows her far more of a reach than others with Cerebral Palsy because she works hard. Overall, I really appreciate the adaptability of the author creating such imperfect characters make them so loving.
In my opinion, this story was exceptionally well-written. The descriptions are excellent and the originality is off the charts! I can’t seem to stop RAVING about it! The pace and credibility of the story are both on par; the pace is quick, but not at all difficult to keep up with. I rate My Perfect Imperfections with five stars and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading real life stories, inspirational and/or women’s fiction. Personally, I don’t know how this author was able to complete this story. I thank the author for allowing me this wonderful opportunity to read such a superb story and I hope that those reading this review will find it helpful in making the decision to pick it up and give it a read. I know that I will most definitely buy books written by this author in the future.
About the Author: Jalpa Williby immigrated to the United States from India at the tender age of eight. Even as a young girl, Williby pushed herself to face all of the challenges in the “new world.” After graduating with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Illinois, Williby went on to earn Masters in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Her passion for helping her patients led her to a specialty in neuroscience, focusing on children and adults with neurological impairments. Always a lover of books, she creates an unforgettable world with unique characters in Chaysing Trilogy. Both, Chaysing Dreams and Chaysing Memories, are Amazon best sellers and won the Gold Medals from Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest. Williby recently released the highly anticipated final installment, Chaysing Destiny, which already has won multiple five star seals. She now introduces My Perfect Imperfections in hopes to educate and inspire her readers. Although she loves losing herself in her fictional world, the author lives her own happily ever after with her husband, three children, two cats, and her beautiful puppy.