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  1. says:

    This book swept me off my feet There are so many elements to love in Elissa Grossell Dickey's bittersweet and atmospheric debut Simone's sweet romance with Conner her struggle with MS and the school shooting that changes her life in a matter of moments I particularly loved the female friendships throughout this book Nikki ClaudiaHayley and Arielle felt like characters with their own agency and purpose beyond propping up Simone's story Connor was exactly the sort of sweet hero a reader like me loves to fall forThis book felt like listening to a storm from the safety of a blanket The perfect mixture of light and dark I can't wait to read Grossell Dickey's next bookThanks to NetGalley and Lake Union for the ARC


  2. says:

    Loved this book The characters felt like my friends IRL in that they were flawed funny and loyal Thrilling as it is heart felt THE SPEED OF LIGHT drew me in from the first page While its newly diagnosed heroine struggles with life's unexpected twists Dickey delivers a story about family friendship and the kind of love that truly makes us feel seen


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    The Speed of Light was a wonderful layered story that is eual parts gripping and heartfelt I was completely riveted and invested in the events of both timelines an unfolding dangerous situation in the now as well as the MC's year up to that moment a burgeoning romance while coping with the life altering multiple sclerosis diagnosis As a chronic illness sufferer the MC's internal struggle to process her diagnosis and the implications of that on her future as well as her relationship really resonated with me I found it nuanced and authentic as well as very moving The characters were well drawn and interesting and I enjoyed spending time with them I loved the female relationships in this book and found the different family dynamics interesting and relatable The love story was sweet and had a warmth to it that made you want to root for this couple I was completely entertained and swept away I read the book in a single sitting and enjoyed every word Overall it was a fantastic read


  4. says:

    A wonderful story set in South Dakota about a young woman dealing with a life altering disease a new love affair and a school shooting Ms Dickey’s debut novel concerns family friendship and inner strength Unputdownable


  5. says:

    We are all living on the edge of a cliff without even knowing it and one fragile movement can push us over the edge or pull us to safetyThis is a novel for everyone but most especially for anyone who is in doubt of the next day or perhaps the next year How do you live with a new diagnosis? Will you be able put one foot in front of the other each day?Simone is trying to find her way as she is diagnosed with MS and wonders what the days will hold for herHow will her life transition? How will her friendships and loves adjust as limitations may happen?A horrid tragedy occursthat may be the life lesson Simone and we all needThis is a wonderful debut novel and I certainly look forward to from Elissa Grossell Dickey


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    Have you ever spent time wishing for something to be different that you almost ended up missing the things that were going right?In the captivating debut The Speed of Light Simone is a woman at a crossroads After years of experiencing vague symptoms she finally has a confirmed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Determined to not let it redefine her life she intends to keep on with things business as usualOf course the problem in not facing one’s fear is that decision is often made out of fear itself It’s this fear that nags at Simone effecting her decisions regarding self worth friendship and even love Bogged down by the thought that life as she knows it is over she ironically becomes immobile in moving forwardThen one day a tragic event occurs putting so many of Simone’s worries into perspective It also begs the uestion if you spend your life worrying about the life you have left to live aren’t you missing out on all the living you could be doing?The Speed of Light is an impressive novel for first time author Elisa Grossell Dickey An MS warrior herself I would imagine it to be cathartic to write about a character living with the diagnosis She puts a face to the condition but just like the book itself MS alone does not define this novel This is a story where the main character has MS but this book like the person with the diagnosis is much than thatIf you like stories of determination love and even a splash of abstract holiday cheer then be on the lookout for this release I am honored to have been able to read an advanced copy of this novel I cannot wait for the rest of the world to be able to read this book and look forward to reading future works by this author


  7. says:

    I am simply amazed I absolutely loved The Speed of Light The Speed of Light discusses very serious and important topics like mass shootings and the chronic illness Multiple Sclerosis Elissa Dickey approaches these important topics elegantly and with care The way that this book is set up makes you want to keep reading Bouncing back and forth between the shooting and the events in Simone's life in the months leading up to it was an excellent decision It left the reader on a cliff hanger for fear of how the shooting will unfold–will Simone be okay? Will Nikki be okay? Elissa incorporated a theme into each part of her story that is not only reflected in the sections where Simone is trapped in the shooting but in Simone's life before the shooting as well This choice allows us to get to know Simone better and how her life experiences shape her actions during the shooting It also gives us insight into the other characters of the book who were at the college during the shooting–and even the shooters themselves Because Chet was a major douche I saw that one coming But Stan? That partnership? Until the title card for the 10th part Betrayal I didn't figure that out The plot twists in this book were amazing Ariel dying her hair red was so perfect for a twist It's that rom com feel of when one character looks back just missing the other's gaze Emmett never saw Diana so he could've only identified her by the fiery red hair And Connor and Ariel just happened to come to the hospital when Simone was visiting Nikki–it killed meLissa also created lovable and realistic characters Nikki was hilarious Hayley was so courageous Stan was a flighty bastard that tried to redeem himself in the end Simone's parents reminded me of people in my own life especially because the dad was very meticulous about his lawn Emmett is a gamer with a gold sense of humor And of course Connor the perfect guy that only exists in books I could talk about The Speed of Light for hours There were so many things that I loved about this book and I cannot wait to see it on the bestseller list next spring 3


  8. says:

    Fans of author Jodi Picoult will love THE SPEED OF LIGHT by Elissa Grossell Dickey This 2021 debut novel follows the emotional journey of Simone Archer as she rises to meet two separate crises The first is a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and coming to terms with this unpredictable incurable illness Over a year’s time Simone suffers shock and then hard reality can she be denied health insurance should she hide her illness from her boss and is it morally just to start a relationship with a loving man knowing that MS flare ups are lurking in the future? Simone’s best armor against despair is the support network of her decent Midwestern family and her brassy but loyal best friend Juxtaposed to a timeline that spans a year of the past there is the present timeline with a second crisis measured in minutes This is a tragedy all too familiar and frightening for those working in education gun violence Simone who has finally found her confidence and strength now faces grave danger in her workplace Without giving away too much of the ending readers can expect to be proud of Simone and hopeful for her future Given our pluralistic society it’s important to read about diverse characters written by authors from that same group Dickey is a writer living with MS who ends the Acknowledgements of her debut “To my fellow MS warriors you are all strong and amazing”Back at youThis advance reader copy was graciously provided by the author in an exchange


  9. says:

    No Day But Today This is one of those books that touches on so much that it can at times appear a bit schizoid and yet it all works So very well It has the pop culture references including the one I used as the title of this review but also very heavily Star Wars It has the romance It has the life altering diagnosis and its aftermath It has the immediacy of a school shooting It has the dual timeline nature of someone reflecting on the last year of her life during a particularly traumatic moment Arguably the singular real flaw here is the predictability of the dual timeline nature than the sporadic nature the description seems to imply But perhaps that was an editorial decision to play it a bit safer in a debut as a sporadic approach can be at least as treacherous when not done well and it is far easier to do horribly than a straight dual timeline approach The specific time tags on the present day timeline serve to give a great sense of immediacy and urgency though at times the shift to the previous timeline is a bit abrupt and jarring Still ultimately an excellent debut novel one that makes this reader look forward to the author's next work Very much recommended


  10. says:

    Awesome book I couldn’t put it down Elissa has done a wonderful job of creating captivating characters and grabbing your attention right away in the beginning of the book I loved how she wove a little romance into such a powerful and at times suspenseful story I would definitely recommend this book


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Summary ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Elissa Grossell Dickey

A compelling and provocative debut novel told in intersecting timelines over a tumultuous defining year in one woman’s lifeSimone is trying her best not to think of what she’s lost Diagnosed with MS she awaits the results of another anxiety inducing MRI She’s just walked away from Connor “a fixer” but possibly the love of her life And nearin Loved this book The characters felt like my friends IRL in that they were flawed funny and loyal Thrilling as it is heart felt THE SPEED OF LIGHT drew me in from the first page While its newly diagnosed heroine struggles with life's unexpected twists Dickey delivers a story about family friendship and the kind of love that truly makes us feel seen Beyond the Pale unexpected twists Dickey delivers a story about family friendship and the kind of love that truly makes The Black Ice Score (Parker, us feel seen

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G the holidays the sights and sounds of winter in South Dakota only prick memories of better years gone by Then on a December morning at the university where she works jarring gunshots pierce the halls In a temporary safe place and terrified Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soonAs she waits for silence her mind racing Simone’s past Have you ever spent time wishing for something to be different that you almost ended up missing the things that were going right?In the captivating debut The Speed of Light Simone is a woman at a crossroads After years of experiencing vague symptoms she finally has a confirmed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Determined to not let it redefine her life she intends to keep on with things business as usualOf course the problem in not facing one’s fear is that decision is often made out of fear itself It’s this fear that nags at Simone effecting her decisions regarding self worth friendship and even love Bogged down by the thought that life as she knows it is over she ironically becomes immobile in moving forwardThen one day a tragic event occurs putting so many of Simone’s worries into perspective It also begs the uestion if you spend your life worrying about the life you have left to live aren’t you missing out on all the living you could be doing?The Speed of Light is an impressive novel for first time author Elisa Grossell Dickey An MS warrior herself I would imagine it to be cathartic to write about a character living with the diagnosis She puts a face to the condition but just like the book itself MS alone does not define this novel This is a story where the main character has MS but this book like the person with the diagnosis is much than thatIf you like stories of determination love and even a splash of abstract holiday cheer then be on the lookout for this release I am honored to have been able to read an advanced copy of this novel I cannot wait for the rest of the world to be able to read this book and look forward to reading future works by this author The White Nights of Ramadan university where she works jarring gunshots pierce the halls In a temporary safe place and terrified Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soonAs she waits for silence her mind racing Simone’s past Have you ever spent time wishing for something to be different that you almost ended Beyond the Pale up missing the things that were going right?In the captivating debut The Speed of Light Simone is a woman at a crossroads After years of experiencing vague symptoms she finally has a confirmed diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Determined to not let it redefine her life she intends to keep on with things business as The Black Ice Score (Parker, usualOf course the problem in not facing one’s fear is that decision is often made out of fear itself It’s this fear that nags at Simone effecting her decisions regarding self worth friendship and even love Bogged down by the thought that life as she knows it is over she ironically becomes immobile in moving forwardThen one day a tragic event occurs putting so many of Simone’s worries into perspective It also begs the The Black Painting uestion if you spend your life worrying about the life you have left to live aren’t you missing out on all the living you could be doing?The Speed of Light is an impressive novel for first time author Elisa Grossell Dickey An MS warrior herself I would imagine it to be cathartic to write about a character living with the diagnosis She puts a face to the condition but just like the book itself MS alone does not define this novel This is a story where the main character has MS but this book like the person with the diagnosis is much than thatIf you like stories of determination love and even a splash of abstract holiday cheer then be on the lookout for this release I am honored to have been able to read an advanced copy of this novel I cannot wait for the rest of the world to be able to read this book and look forward to reading future works by this author

Summary ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Elissa Grossell Dickey

Year comes into focus Falling in love and missing it Finding strength in family and enduring friendships Planning for the future fearing it and hoping against hope in dark places Her life has been changing at the speed of light and each crossroad brought Simone here to this day to endure the things she can’t control and to confront those that she ca No Day But Today This is one of those books that touches on so much that it can at times appear a bit schizoid and yet it all works So very well It has the pop culture references including the one I used as the title of this review but also very heavily Star Wars It has the romance It has the life altering diagnosis and its aftermath It has the immediacy of a school shooting It has the dual timeline nature of someone reflecting on the last year of her life during a particularly traumatic moment Arguably the singular real flaw here is the predictability of the dual timeline nature than the sporadic nature the description seems to imply But perhaps that was an editorial decision to play it a bit safer in a debut as a sporadic approach can be at least as treacherous when not done well and it is far easier to do horribly than a straight dual timeline approach The specific time tags on the present day timeline serve to give a great sense of immediacy and urgency though at times the shift to the previous timeline is a bit abrupt and jarring Still ultimately an excellent debut novel one that makes this reader look forward to the author's next work Very much recommended