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Dorothy Leland
Finding Resilience: A Teen's Journey Through Lyme Disease

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

This book chronicles a teen’s triumph over the devastating impact of chronic Lyme disease, offering powerful insight into how the controversial tick-borne illness affects the whole family. It’s based on the journal Rachel kept during the worst of her illness, interspersed with passages from her mother, Dorothy, giving the parent’s point of view.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Finding Resilience chronicles the author's painful and horrifying experience with Lyme disease, exploring not only its debilitating impact on her physically, emotionally, and socially, but also sharing asides from her mother, in an effort to sketch the effect on her entire family. The content can be shocking as readers join Rachel and her family in their journey toward healing, but the end result is a compelling look at a devastating chronic illness. 

Prose: Rachel and her mother are vibrant storytellers, able to sweep readers into Rachel's experience. The writing is accessible and focused, with readable, precise prose. 

Originality: This is a deeply personal story that readers will find enlightening and original; Rachel's course is singularly heartrending and inspiring.

Character/Execution: Finding Resilience highlights Rachel's experience with Lyme disease, alongside her family's quest to nail down her diagnosis and find a cure. The narrative is bursting with information, offering surprising perspectives on the effects of the disease and its potential treatments, as well as advocating for medical advancement at the same time.

Date Submitted: November 13, 2023