Book review: Dear Millie by Marco Previero

Dear Millie

Dear Millie: Diary of a Seven Year Old with Cancer by Marco Previero
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd.
Genre: Memoir
Pages: 288 pages

Yes, a book about cancer. Not the happiest of topics, though the sheer number of diaries from people with cancer or their family member proves the attraction this topic seems to have on the general audience. This time: the father of seven year old Millie, who is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

I’m often a bit weary when reading these kinds of books. Belief in God (whichever) or alternative medicine are last resorts people tend to grab when faced with a disease as horrifying as cancer. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it’s just not my personal belief. As a scientist I search for evidence, and none has ever proven the ability of deities or alternative medicine to cure this disease. Marco Previero seems to think the same. He is very down-to-earth, doesn’t try to lay it all on the gods or puts his daughter on some alternative medicine. He believes in modern day medicine and the strength of his daughter to face the ordeal.

He explains us the whole situation very thoroughly, without any attempts to make it nicer than it is, but with a very down-to-earth mentality. With an almost scientific accuracy, we are informed about all his daughter’s treatments, medicine and their side effects. And in the meantime he also manages to transfer his emotions and feelings about the situation extremely well. I have deep respect for him and his wife how they handled the whole treatment. By explaining everything in detail, he sometimes reiterates a little too much for my liking. I get things when you write them once, so don’t mention them thrice.

The biggest drawback of the book was the fact that every single thing is spoiled beforehand. I know this is a memoir and not some kind of adventure series, but spoiling major events way before they are going to happen makes the book predictable and by times boring. The end of the book, the number of surgeries Millie has to go through, and about everything else was mentioned way too early. I would’ve liked not knowing how it would end. I would’ve likes to share more in the uncertainties Millie and her family had without having any future information.

But in the end a decent read and I wish the Previero family all the best!

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

*** I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***


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