Slipping Reality - Emily Beaver

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Slipping Reality - Emily Beaver

"In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn't enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother's illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn's grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver's debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it's least expected."

This novel made me very emotional. In the face of a horrible reality, is it okay to slip away into your imagination?

Katelyn's brother Matthew has been dealing with terminal cancer for 3 years. Her way of coping is to escape into her imagination, where she has two friends, who support her.
As Matthew gets worse, she delves deeper into this fantasy world she has created, until she can no longer tell what is real and what is not.

I found it slightly strange that the love interest for this story was between Katelyn and her imaginary friend Cedric. This part I found was slightly weird, but it really did just add to the story.

This book is heart-warming and emotional - I definitely recommend reading it - especially to someone who isn't quite sure how to deal with serious things such as cancer and death.

Claire <3

Claire Blennerhassett

Reader, Blogger

Twenty-something | book-blogger | tea-drinker | procrastinator | wannabe-writer | student


  1. My niece's father died a few years ago, and then her best friend...I think I'm going to recommend this to her! Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Sounds like this novel is one that really tugs at the heart-strings! Think I maybe need to have tissues ready if I pick this one up!


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