That Crazy Little Thing

Kate Bracy
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (2013)
ISBN 9780989236959

Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (9/13)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘That Crazy Little Thing’ by Kate Bracy on Blogcritics. 

In “That Crazy Little Thing” by Kate Bracy, when Melanie Davis discovers that her best friend Donna has a life-threatening illness, her whole world is rocked. Trying to deal with being a divorcee and a single mom of a challenging teenage daughter already adds a lot of drama to her life. While she is there for Donna, she also discovers a devastating secret about Donna’s past. Having known her since they were young, she is really shocked when this truth is revealed.

One thing that Melanie does share with her daughter is her love for Donna. Enlisting her daughter’s help to find answers for Donna helps unite them. Their relationship still endures many challenging trials, but this is one area where they can feel connected. Donna’s lively brother also has a secret that he has been keeping, and as the story unfolds his secret becomes obvious and adds something very positive to the story.

As Melanie is trying to hold everything together, she continues to work for a doctor who also has a huge secret from his past. Intrigued by this mystery and the woman involved, Melanie enlists Donna’s brother to help her privately access information so that she and Donna can follow his story.

While the women discuss all of the different dramas that have evolved around them and the people close to them, they realize the true value of friendship, loyalty and love. The common theme throughout “That Crazy Little Thing” is love. Different types of love are experienced. While I found the story incredibly absorbing, I also found myself relating these themes to my own life.  Life is short, as seen in this novel, and we are reminded how important it is not to waste our lives on “what ifs?” I was also reminded never to let an opportunity pass when I have a chance to tell someone who is important to me, that I love them. Everything can change in an instant. It is incredibly important not to find ourselves living with regrets because we didn’t let someone know how much he or she means to us.

“That Crazy Little Thing” by Kate Bracy tells a story that will totally captivate your attention. You will also find it thought provoking. Because of this, I think it would be a great selection for a reader’s group.  There will be many interesting discussions generated from discussions about this novel. This book is so well written, I am amazed that this is the first book for this author. I hope that she continues to write, especially about these characters!

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