What People Are Saying
"Faced with almost impossible odds, she mustered positivity and strength to fight off a demon hell-bent on destroying her.
Enlightening, informative, inspiring, and unforgettable, this memoir benefited and affected me like no other. Neither a cancer survivor nor a friend or relative of someone who experienced extensive chemotherapy and radiation, this book was an eye-opening experience that will forever change the way I see and think about cancer. Yes, her story evoked an intense fear of the disease, but that fear is tempered by Lisa’s inspiring account of how her strength, both physical and emotional, and her positive outlook on life saw her through this most difficult of times and turned it into a celebration of life. This memoir was written with a skill that is all the more wondrous when you consider the intensity and the closeness of the author’s emotions while writing it. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your journey.
Sublime Line: “A masterfully written memoir that touches, moves, inspires and enlightens—a definite must-read.”
Overall Rating = 5 Storyline & Concept = 5 Writing & Delivery = 5 Editorial = 5
"Lisa Febre pulls no punches in her heartfelt, compelling and thought-provoking book, Round the Twist: Facing the Abdominable. She details the journey with such candor and grace which astounded and inspired me to realize that she could have the courage, and strength to keep a positive attitude through it all. Lisa is direct in her style; her personality bounces off the page. She’s garrulous, energetic, and curious—her writing is all these things as well. Her writing helps readers feel close to everyone that assisted her as well; almost aiding us as we relive the experiences through Lisa’s writing. I was grateful for our healthcare workers more than I’ve ever felt after seeing the impact each had on her. Lisa did an amazing job giving an unflinching view into what cancer, its diagnosis, and subsequent treatments were like for her. She made her readers feel they were there with her. To know Lisa feels like such a gift; I couldn’t bear the thought that her effervescent personality would no longer be in this world. While cancer is such a scary topic for everyone, it feels like a gift to understand it with the kid gloves off. I now have an even greater compassion for those around me who’ve endured a diagnosis such as this just as I feel I may have a deeper understanding as well. Chick Lit Café highly recommends this book; it is a wonderful gentle reminder that each day is a gift to enjoy and appreciate. —Mary Rosenthal, for Chick Lit Café
"Round The Twist is one of the most inspirational stories of cancer survival that I have ever read. The knowledge that surviving such a death sentence was achievable, coupled with the events that led the author to each of her surgeries, made this memoir impossible to put down. I love that Lisa Febre chose to share her amazing story of survival and the painful journey that got her to where she is now. That in itself is highly commendable. The amount of courage it takes to face a diagnosis of cancer and then write about it after surviving it shows how resilient the human body and spirit can be. I recommend Round The Twist to anyone who loves true stories so that they can learn something new, and I hope that Febre chooses to continue writing because she is as talented as an author as she is a musician."
—Amy Raines, for Readers’ Favorite
"I understand that some people diagnosed with cancer see it as a death sentence, and they give up even before the cancer battle begins. But Lisa was optimistic and didn't see it as the end of her life; instead, she had a different perspective and faced the reality of battling the disease. Round the Twist: Facing the Abominable by Lisa Febre is free of criticism, and there is nothing I disliked about it, as reading it gave me a reason to appreciate life and be grateful for good health. I discovered zero errors in my reading, which led me to conclude that it was an exceptionally well-edited book. Therefore, I couldn't think of any possible way to reward it with a lesser rating than 5 out of 5 stars. Those who are on a cancer journey or those with family or friends affected by cancer would love this book, as they would learn to emulate Lisa's positivity." —Susan John Peter, for OnlineBookClub.org
"Cancer is one of the most dreaded words in the world. It impacts people of all types regardless of whether or not they live a healthy life or their income level. Lisa Febre was by all accounts one who should not be stricken with the illness and yet she found herself submerged into having to battle colon cancer. One thing that I am glad to see Febre talk about is the need for mental recovery along the way. People often assume that cancer only places a physical toll on people while ignoring the mental demands that are placed on individuals. Febre leaned into living a public journey instead of hiding in her home and refusing to leave. She acknowledged that we live in a connected world that lends itself to little privacy. For an author to include photos of an emotional time when they are likely not flattering photos is even more brave and must be admired. I would recommend it to women who are struggling with colon cancer or to those who simply want to support" —Matthew Lloyd for Reedsy Discovery
“A deeply personal, honest, and informative account of one young cancer survivor's journey, her prose is easy on the eye and mind; her stunning comparisons of the good and bad in nature are intelligently woven throughout, and her inspirational soul emanates from every page as if she hasn't already given enough. Able to make you weep one moment and then guffaw the next, Lisa's book is a beautifully written testament to the power of love, friendship, and self-worth, and is essential reading for cancer sufferers, cancer survivors, or the cancer curious." —Neil Baker, Author, Owner April Moon Books
"If you are facing a life-threatening illness or any kind of hardship, you should read Round the Twist: Facing the Abdominable, by Lisa Febre, a remarkable survivor of colon cancer. In Febre’s detailed, raw, honest, humorous, and mesmerizing story about battling and surviving both cancer and the ensuing treatment, you will be inspired by what can be accomplished through courage, tenacity, spirituality, and hope. This is a must-read." — David B. Seaburn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Family Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center (retired), and author of nine novels, most recently, “Give Me Shelter.”
"Statistics don’t lie….most of us will be or will know someone diagnosed with cancer, but “Round The Twist: Facing The Abdominable” by Lisa Febre is a book that explains the author’s cancer journey with insight, humor, forethought and empathy for not only other cancer patients but those who love and care for them. Lisa’s journey is not for the faint of heart, but one that honestly and openly chronicles her cancer diagnosis, treatments, and life-changing experience. She lays her soul bare at a sometimes heartbreaking level while readers are left understanding the fight so many of us face when the word cancer comes out of our doctor’s mouth. This book will open the reader’s eyes to the battle that is cancer survival and shine a spotlight on Lisa’s strength and courage while giving others hope that there is light at the end of the battle." —Barbara A. Luker, author of “The Right One”
"Lisa Febre’s honest account of her war dance with cancer will resonate with you long after the final pages. Her ability to share the facts of her journey in such a meaningful way will be a comfort to any patient or family member going through such an experience. Her determination to restore her health will inspire you to meet any challenge you face head on and her profound realization that “my body is not me, it’s just a thing and that thing needs to be healed” will light a path for those who are struggling with a sense of overwhelm. This book is a testament to the importance of friends, family, and community coming together to support one another. The enhanced patience, and deeper empathy Lisa now has for others as a result of this “misadventure” ripples out and serves to infuse us all with a sense of gratitude for life and love." — Niamh McAnally, The Writer on the Water, author of "Flares Up: A Story Bigger Than The Atlantic"
"Lisa Febre’s honest account of her war dance with cancer will resonate with you long after the final pages. Her ability to share the facts of her journey in such a meaningful way will be a comfort to any patient or family member going through such an experience. Her determination to restore her health will inspire you to meet any challenge you face head on and her profound realization that “my body is not me, it’s just a thing and that thing needs to be healed” will light a path for those who are struggling with a sense of overwhelm. This book is a testament to the importance of friends, family, and community coming together to support one another. The enhanced patience, and deeper empathy Lisa now has for others as a result of this “misadventure” ripples out and serves to infuse us all with a sense of gratitude for life and love." —Yvonne deSousa, author of "MS Madness!" and "Shelter of the Monument"
"Round the Twist is a beautifully written account of a year in Lisa Febre’s life. While the catalyst for the telling and the structure of the story follow her harrowing journey from diagnosis with stage 4 colon cancer, through excruciating treatments, and the heartbreaking wonder of recovery, Lisa’s story - who she is, who she loves, and who she becomes - is so very much bigger than the cancer. Around the Twist is a celebration of life and love, family and friendship, frightened dogs given a precious second chance, and the uplifting miracle of the nature that surrounds her. It is a love song to a beloved husband whose mashed potatoes, comforting silence, and shared laughter in dad jokes and intestinal gas keep her moving forward when her body and mind have had (nearly) enough. And it’s a testimony to the beauty and power of living in the moment, being fully present, and sitting with the truth, as well as with gratitude. With grace and love, Febre paints the community of family, friends and healers that accompany her on this unchosen journey. Her prose is fluid and accessible, and rendered lovelier by the use of extended metaphors. Febre’s voice is raw and authentic, and the tale is woven with heartbreak, tenderness, and humor. Cancer is a horrific, nearly fatal twist in Lisa’s life, but it’s not the entirety of the path this young musician/yogi/writer is hiking (running!) and her novel is a wonderful reflection of her kindness, gratitude, and indomitable spirit." —Troy Hollan, Award-Winning author of "Clucked"
Cancer is no stranger to our family. Humor, determination, faith, and denial are tools we spectators learned while our sister/daughter wielded these traits like weapons. Lisa Febre's "Round the Twist" is a cancer survivor's journey that made me laugh, made me cry, and made me see how much more I have to learn about empathy. This isn't just an important read for someone facing the disease--it's a must read for everyone who knows someone with cancer and wants to know how to love them when and how they need it most. When Febre says, "There must be a better way to tell a patient you see a tumor than while there is a camera up their a$$," I remember my sister's ability to let loose her humor salvo. when the author writes, "The scans must be wrong, and I have the definitive proof of why," I remember listening to those same words. When she writes of her husband, "...would you still have married me?" my incredible brother-in-law is my first thought. Tears aside, Febre's story is not a downer--instead, it serves as a wake-up call for how to tackle adversity, live in the now, and be grateful for grace. Lisa is my newest hero! I'm a big library fan--but not for books that need to be read again and again. Round the Twist sits on the shelf in my home. —Cam Torrens, Award-Winning author of the Tyler Zahn Books, "Stable" and "False Summit"
“Round The Twist is a memoir about being incredibly alive and deeply loved. Lisa Febre’s journey through the best and worst of what modern medicine has to offer is crackling with detail, intensity, and wit. A balm for the soul, a love story in disguise.” —Emily Wright, Assistant Editor, Strings Magazine
"Lisa tells her story with so much heart, and such candor, one is drawn into her narrative right from the get-go. I laughed -- yes, laughed. I cried. With her easy-going prose, Lisa welcomes you along on her harrowing journey -- with the sole purpose of helping others understand what it is like to endure all the tests, all the treatments, and all the ups and downs of fighting cancer. For those facing "The Big C", and for those who know someone enduring the unimaginable, Round the Twist is a must-read." —Melinda Wolf, Writer, and Editor
"Round the Twist: Facing the Abdominable submerges you into the dark reality of a Stage-4 Cancer diagnosis where survival is the only option. An inspiring, emotional investment sending the eye-opening and powerful message that even when a diagnosis is dire, miraculous healing and restoration can happen with a top-notch medical team at your side and allies who feed your mind, body, and spirit in tandem. Truly inspiring!" —Michelle A. Dick, Freelance Writer, Editor