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All the Numbers
All the Numbers
Author: Judy Merrill Larsen
"How much do you love me?" Daniel asked his mother. — "I love you all the numbers." — What begins as a sunny August afternoon on a bucolic lake turns into a tragedy when a Jet Ski swerves fatally close to shore. It's a day Ellen Banks could never have prepared for ... a day no mother should ever have to live through. — The moment her son James is k...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345485366
ISBN-10: 034548536X
Publication Date: 7/25/2006
Pages: 304
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4.1 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 20
This was a wonderfully written book. I absolutely could not put it down. I loved the characters, and cried continually because of the pain they suffered. The ending is satisfying and realistic. Read this book if you are a parent. Read this book if you have a heart! Kudos to the author!!
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Helpful Score: 19
Judy Larsen touched my soul with this book and that is not something I say lightly. Reading this book was like being with a friend through a horrific ordeal and holding her hand all the way. A mother loses a son - what then? I've read other books with this theme - this one made me live it. I read a lot and this book touched me in ways no book has in years. As a mother, as a friend, as another human - I felt for the characters in this book. Highly recommended!
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Helpful Score: 8
Wow! Amazingly powerful book. I loved every minute of it. The characters were wonderfully developed and realistic. I could see pieces of myself in the main character and picture my close friends as those depicted in the book. The story moved at a great pace and the flashbacks were nicely placed and not confusing to the story. I openly cried reading of the pain and suffering of the family reduced to mother and one son. Larsen did a great job with this novel. I was hoping that Ellen would end up with the prosecutor, but I'm glad that story line was not explored because it would have taken away from the grief. I have never read a book that accurately portrayed the loss of a son from a mother like this one. A fabulous read! You will love it!
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Helpful Score: 6
THis is a poignant story of the unimaginable loss of Ellen's youngest son James through a Jet Ski accident. It takes you through her toughest time with her oldest son Daniel and their eventual learning to cope, helping each other along the way. It's well written, sad of course but worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 6
Full of real-life emotion and elements that move you ... tragedy, forgiveness, redemption, all that good stuff.
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As a child, Ellen Banks' son Daniel would ask his mother, "How much do you love me?" Ellen would always answer, "I love you all the numbers."

What begins as a beautifully sunny August afternoon on a bucolic lake, suddenly turns tragic when a Jet Ski swerves fatally close to the shore. It's a day Ellen Banks could never have prepared for, a day no mother should ever have to face.

From the moment her son James is killed, Ellen is thrown into a maelstrom of sadness and grief. She now must face the unimaginable prospect of living in a family that has been forever altered while somehow continuing to stay strong for her older son, Daniel. Daniel, who witnessed the fateful accident and blames himself for his younger brother's death.

Ellen's shock and grief soon give way to anger and defiance as lawyers and policemen who once vowed to support her quest for justice succumb to political pressure and back away. Still, Ellen is determined to see the reckless young man pay for his crime and to heal her family's deep wounds. But first she must heal herself.

This was quite a book. Touching and very poignant, the story was an extremely powerful one for me to read. While All the Numbers: A Novel was certainly sad, I enjoyed the book immensely and am eagerly awaiting Judy Merrill Larsen's next book with baited breath. I give this book a blazing A+!
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A good book, but a real tear-jerker!


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