I received this book as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
How to Climb the Eiffel Tower – Elizabeth Hein – 5 stars
Publication Date: October 1 2014
This book has become one of my all-time favourites. My ability to form a coherent review may be severely stunted by how much I loved it.
The story follows Lara Blaine, a super-fit workaholic who’s running from a tragic past. When she gets diagnosed with cancer, the world of relative safety she’s built around herself is shaken to the foundations.
While the story and beautiful characterisation is poignant and moving, it’s also acutely relateable. There were times when I looked up from the pages half convinced that I had cancer – that’s how realistic Ms Hein’s character is.
In spite of the sober subject matter, the story is one of hope, of healing on more than one level and of fresh starts. It’s a grounded, accurate and enlightening tale of friendship and overcoming fears.
How to Climb the Eiffel Tower is fantastically written, and the plot was a perfect amalgamation of all of the factors in Lara’s life. I loved the careful growing of relationships (especially with Vanessa) and the way we get to see our protagonist grow as a person. I was, however, a little thrown by the suddenness of her romantic pairing (I was rooting for Tom!).
Jane and Lara also have a great relationship – their selfless natures and their unfamiliarity with the art of friendship make them a joy to read about.
My only real complaint about the book doesn’t affect the text at all; it’s just that I felt the cover image didn’t quite do the novel justice. This isn’t a wishy-washy rom-com, but a candid, down-to-earth story of life and – more importantly – of hope.
This book actually comes out in a few days – October 1st – so definitely check it out!
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.