RECOMMENDED READING BY: THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOTISTS AND PROSTHETISTS
18th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Author(s): Kevin S. Garrison
Title: It's Just a Matter of Balance
Category: Life Stories
On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning "poor" and 5 meaning "excellent," please evaluate the following:
Character development: 5
Production quality and cover design: 5
What did you like best about this book?
Of the 24 Life Stories entries that I read, this was one of the best. At 17, Kevin Garrison lost his foot to cancer. He chronicles the events leading up to his loss, his recuperation and adoption of a prosthetic foot, and his developing interest in the field of prosthetics, which eventually led to his becoming a certified prosthetist. The author calls it" my story of survival." He writes, "I learned not to focus on everything I couldn't do but instead I chose to focus on everything I could do." This book is a story of life, of true feelings, triumphs, setbacks, and positive choices. The narrative flows smoothly. Mr. Garrison has a fine sense of pacing, and he includes a wealth of very interesting detail about the rehabilitation process, his work and life activities, the field of prosthetics, and his honest feelings. I think this book would make worthwhile and enjoyable reading for anyone and particularly for someone who has or faces a disability and for that person's family and friends, as well as for "clinicians, educators, and students" as another reviewer on the back cover recommends.
How can the author improve this book?
I don't have any suggestions for improving this book. I hope Mr. Garrison is able to market it widely. He might also consider seeking to publish excerpts in periodicals.