Bec is a college student at loose ends. Not crazy about her advertising major, sheâ€™s successfully avoided deciding what to do with her life thus far by partying hard with her roommate and best friend Jill and carrying on a guilty affair with a married professor. Then, while looking for a new part-time job that pays more than waitressing, she answers an ad for a home health-care aide. Expecting a weak, bed-ridden old lady, Bec is surprised to find that wheelchair-confined Kate, afflicted with Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease, is young, smart, and sophisticated, with a wicked sense of humor. Like this exchange: â€œâ€˜Oh my god,â€™ I said embarrassed. â€˜You think Iâ€™m like those TV movies where the person with the disease teaches everyone how to live.â€™ Kate laughed soundlessly. â€˜Itâ€™s always so nice of us.â€™â€ When Bec begins working for Kate and her husband Evan, she discovers a whole new world of witty conversation, gourmet cooking, and urbane dinner parties. Soon Bec is so immersed in Kateâ€™s life that it becomes difficult for her to distinguish where Kateâ€™s life leaves off and her own begins. Kate is dying, but Becâ€™s life has just begun. Will she ever be able to establish her own identity and personality while under Kateâ€™s charismatic shadow? This sharply observed novel, full of painful realizations, hilarious conversations and some of the best food descriptions Iâ€™ve ever read, perfectly captures that time in our early 20â€™s when our adult identities are beginning to form and we are so easily influenced by those around us whose personalities are set and stronger than our own.