Here's a new review from the fantastic Catti-brie Potter. As soon as I got the rec, I rushed to read this fic, and I'm already hooked. The story is complete.
- Ladder to the Sun by Rosybud
Summary: How can you die when you've never really lived? That's the problem Bella Swan faces when she's told she only has a year to live. Can she make up for a lonely, unhappy life in the short time she has left... and maybe find love too? All-human, EXB.
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I read this story a long time ago. I remember reading how other authors were recommending it. I love angst to a certain extent so the summary didn’t appeal to me very much. I didn’t like the idea of Bella dying. After seeing nothing but praises about the story, I decided to give it a try. I’m so glad I did it!
Bella it’s 26 and she lives in Forks, with Charlie. It’s just a normal day like any other when she suddenly starts to feel an acute pain in her chest. She makes a doctor’s appointment and the news are terrible. The doctor tells her she suffers from something incurable and that she barely has a year left. He tells her there are some treatments to prolong her life a few months but Bella refuses to take them. She also decides not to tell anybody about her condition.
The thing is, Bella hasn’t been living. She has been existing but not actually living. She has a very sad life. She has been ignored by her family all her life. She doesn’t have dreams. She barely has any friends. She’s lonely. After being diagnosed, she starts to make some changes in her life, slowly at first, but steadily. And this is one of the reasons why I love this story. Bella is told she’s going to die but she decides to take the reins of her life and start living.
She encounters Alice by chance one day. They went to high school together but they haven’t stayed in touch. They catch up and Alice offers Bella to move in with her until her wedding with Jasper and Bella accepts her offer. And this is when Edward really enters Bella’s life. And I say ‘really’ because Bella knew about Edward before. Actually, the whole town of Forks knew. He has been the object of a lot of gossip. He moved to Forks but nobody really knows why or what does he do for a living. The town has been spreading a lot of gossip about him. He lives alone in a house near the lake that he bought from Alice. That’s how Alice and Edward became friends. Bella had crossed paths with Edward before (thanks to a chance encounter in the street one day) but they had never spoken until Alice introduces them. They become very good friends and they share a very special relationship. But a lot of parts of Edward’s life are still a mystery. And don’t we all love a mysterious Edward?
And at this moment is when I’m going to stop talking about the plot in order to not give anything more away because you need to read it. Chapter 10 is one of the crucial chapters of the story. It totally threw me for a loop. I was not expecting what happens at all. This is not your usual Edward and Bella story. Don’t let that stop you from reading it because I can assure you that it IS a love story (I wouldn’t be reviewing it if that wasn’t the case, trust me) and an amazing one. I love how Bella comes out of her shell and becomes a very strong woman that is not afraid of going for what she wants. This story reminds us that we have to live our lives to the fullest because nobody knows what will happen tomorrow.
Rosybud’s writing is engaging. She describes Bella’s feelings incredibly well. The whole story is in Bella’s point of view so you are completely immersed in what is going on in her head and in her struggle to cope with the impending doom that lurks in the horizon.
There are some stories that touch you and you can’t forget. This is one of them for me. It became one of my favourite fics since the moment I read it. So don’t let the summary dissuade you from reading this beautiful story. You won’t regret it!
P.S. Once you have read the story, don’t miss the one-shot in Edward’s point of view! It will give you a glimpse of Edward’s thoughts and it will help you to understand him a little bit better.
Thank you, Catti-brie!
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