We are happy to share in the release of Morgan Parker's SICK DAY. Be sure to check out my review and the excerpt. There's a giveaway too for signed copies of Morgan's books.
"I believe that if someone says he loves you more than air, he's lying to you."
Hope and Cameron made a five-year promise before college. Years pass and they never see each other again. But then one month before his planned wedding to Riley, Cameron looks outside and sees Hope in the pouring rain, watching him.Now, three years later, Cam has one day – a sick day on this last Friday of summer – to convince the one woman whose very existence breaths life into his lungs, that sometimes love like theirs actually does exist, and it’s that kind of love that lives forever, no matter how hard you fight to forget about it and move on. From the author of non friction and Hope, Sick Day follows one man’s day-long attempt to persuade the love of his life that sometimes it’s okay to break promises if it means keeping the ones that count.
No words written in here will do justice or will explain the beauty that is this book.
The book brought an array of emotions in me, to the point that I couldn’t keep reading through the tears.
Hope and Cam had a relationship in high school, they went their separate ways in college and started living their lives without each other. In a period of seven years life happened for Hope and Cam, they moved, they changed jobs, they met other people and started relationships, but the only thing that remained constant was the love they had for each other. Throughout those seven years they saw each other, they connected physically and they hurt each other deeply, but their love remained. Now years after their high school romance started, Cam takes a leap of faith with a Sick Day to win Hope back once and for all. Would he succeed in his effort and finally make the connection that they always had or will Hope ignore his efforts and go back to her life?
The book moves from the present time to the past and back to the present, it also gives us a more soulful understanding about Oliver and Olivia’s story and the similarities with Cam and Hope’s. I recommend that people read Non Fiction and Hope to clearly understand the story.
The beauty of Morgan Parker’s books is that this could be your story, or your friend’s or your neighbor’s. He writes about life and the journey that it takes us through. His books are real, raw, full of tenderness, with a hint of sarcasm and a sense of humor. All those qualities are what set him apart from other writers.
This book made me think about Cam and Hope’s love story and how far Cam went to finally claim that part of him that was missing for so long, it also made me think about my life, what’s missing and what I would do to fill that void. I’ll leave you with one of the quotes from this book (other than the very end, but you have to read the book to find out what that is) that affected me the most. It’s a very profound and so true…
“Nobody wants to arrive at their destination only to be greeted by loneliness, do they?”
“Don’t make me go home tonight,” I begged.
When her eyes found mine again, she nodded. I didn’t know what it meant, though. Was she nodding because I had to go home, or did she want me to stick around?
“Talk to me,” I begged.
“I can’t,” she whispered. “If I talk, I’ll lose everything I came here for.”
When I opened my mouth and started to speak, she placed a finger over my lips to silence me.
Leaning forward, she brought her mouth to my ear, and in a broken whisper, she asked, “Take me back to the hotel. Love me. Remember me. And then tell me whether or not you exist for me.”
“I don’t need to make love to you to know that, Hope. All I need is to take a breath of you.”
“Then breathe me, all of me,” she begged. “In my hotel room.”
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Morgan Parker is the pen name of the shy and introverted banker that wrote Non Friction, the novel that fans and readers voted as the #1 Funniest, Sexiest Book of 2014 at goodreads. When he's not writing, Morgan likes to do lots of fun stuff. Like sleep and eat. He jogs every day, usually to Starbucks for his daily fix at the end of his lunch hour.