☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆
What it’s about:
This is a story about two strangers with nothing but grief in common.
Mason is great at connecting dots in other people’s life’s, but not so much in his own. His website, The F#ck it List, is all about connecting sexual requests. Matching never have I ever’s like a pair of socks. Efficiently. All in an effort to raise money for charity. That’s all he wants, to give. Why is that so hard?
Chloe’s in denial, but that’s not going to make the cancer go away. When her doctor gives her an expiration date, she can’t deny it any longer. It’s time to break the news to family and her best friend. She thought she’d have more time. There’s things she needs to say. She needs to be heard, but not by her loved ones. They’ve got enough on their plates with the diagnosis.
Two Months? Not long enough to do anything except…dig the hole.
This is Chloe’s story and how she copes with the end.
Just as there is a song for every occasion, Chloe has a friend for every occasion.
A pity party friend.
A truth friend.
A fixer friend.
And an end friend. Mason.
Mason and Chloe have nothing in common but grief. Two dots, floating in a sea of sorrow.
He’s lost his mother. She’s losing the fight.
When the end is near, is it too late for a new friend?
One woman’s end journey. Even when it’s time to get your affairs in order, it’s never too late for an “end” friend. Someone that will listen? Share your burden, so the family doesn’t have to. Help with the mess she’s created by keeping secrets. Be there for her best friend, a shoulder to cry on when the time comes.
It’s one thing to donate money to a cause.
What about your time, heart and soul? How much should you be expected to give?
If a stranger asked, could you be an end friend?
Dots is a contemporary fiction novel about friendship, family, prejudice and selflessness. It is also about acceptance and grieving. There is a lot of grief in Dots, but there is also love. I cried and laughed through the entire book. I didn’t want to put it down, but there were points of the book that were too, too much, and I had to step away from it. Even though the reader learns how the story will end early on, one has to hope for a miracle. Alas, I got something closer to reality.
The main characters in the book are well developed, engaging, and relatable. Chloe, a free-spirited artist, is one of the narrators of the story. Chloe’s spirit and joie de vivre have been dampened a bit by her latest news, but there is still plenty of it to carry her dedicated family and friends through to the end.
“In a world of hardboiled [eggs], you’re scrambled.”–Mason
Mason, the other narrator of the story, has his own grief and issues to process, and through his selfless friendship with Chloe, he finds a path to closure. He might even get one of his “never have I evers” addressed. Mason is a much-misunderstood character. The Moral Majority paint him to be the cyberspace version of Larry Flynt and more, however, those who actually know him and bother to learn about all his business dealings, know that he is a wish-granting angel. Mason is good at connecting the dots.
I loved the chemistry and relationship between Mason and Chloe. Their symbiotic friendship gripped my heart and squeezed tight. Secondary characters, Gram, Emily and Lola, and people you want in your life. They are good-hearted, true-blue characters.
Ms. Brashears, a nurse herself, has poured her experiences into the details of this book. Her well-paced story is engaging and entertaining. She has threaded lovely messages of love, kindness, and generosity through her novel. Dots is a touching story about the mathematics of life: we’re all points on a plane until we connect with the next “dot” to become a line.
Cover art by Glorya Hildago