Moonface by Angela Balcita
Publisher: Harper Perennial
From the cover:
At the age of eighteen, Angela Balcita had reached a point in her life when her health could not keep up with her optimistic personality. After suffering kidney failure and after her body’s rejection of the kidney her brother donated to her, she was in desperate need of a transplant.
Lucky for Angela, she had found the ultimate partner in crime: her boyfriend, Charlie. Although they had known each other for only a short period of time, Charlie offered Angela his kidney. The ensuing story is unforgettable, with readers following Angela and Charlie’s journey through preparations for their respective surgeries; the procedures themselves, difficult yet emotionally riveting; the process of recuperation through the relapses; and the eventual healing—both inside and out—that greets this undeniably powerful duo.
Expanded from Angela’s unforgettable “Modern Love” column in the New York Times and by turns funny, bittersweet, and heartwarming, Moonface will make readers laugh, cry, and, above all, appreciate the importance of unconditional love.
I love reading health related nonfiction books, although I must admit most of the books I’ve read in the past that fall into that category are told from the doctor or health care providers’ perspective rather than from the patient’s perspective. It was different and refreshing to read about the kidney disease and treatments from the patient’s point of view, and Balcita was a wonderful person to follow and read about.
To be quite honest, I’m at a loss for words on how to describe my feelings for this book. As I sit here trying to put into words how much I loved and adored this book, I feel like there isn’t an adequate way for me to tell you how amazing and enlightening this book was. It was remarkable and emotional yet funny and humorous in ways I never expected it to be. It fills you with hope and makes you warm inside as you realize that there are good and selfless people out there.
Moonface is just simply one of those books that you know will stay with you long after you’ve closed the cover. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to re-read it immediately after you just finished reading it. The kind of book that you want everyone to read because you can’t keep a book this good to yourself and because you want to discuss it with others. Balcita is an incredible writer in addition to being funny, witty, and courageous. She’s brutally honest at times and you can feel the raw emotions reflected in her words as she shares with the readers the good times and the bad.
If you love reading memoirs then you have to give Moonface a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed, although I will warn you that you may want to read this book with a box of Kleenex nearby.