Noelle Alix, Angela Martin
Just Cate is a dual memoir of two lifelong friends and the spirited child with Down syndrome who changes them forever. Just Cate opens in the delivery room with Noelle Alix, a 29-year-old finance attorney in a large New York City firm, whose newborn daughter Cate is unexpectedly born with Down syndrome. On hearing the news, Noelle’s childhood friend, Angela Martin, is inspired by her quiet faith to write Noelle a heartfelt note in a baby card. This note and this child spark a transformative 12-year journey of renewed faith and friendship for both women―their second stage of growing up. With humor and heart, the coauthor friends tell a dual tale of the angst and joys of raising a child with a disability, of the power of women friendship, and of Cate’s funny and poignant early years. Readers will come to embrace the spirited child, whose love for her robe, her lemons, and getting her way, comes above all else.
Mary Helen on Goodreads wrote:
Just Cate is simply wonderful. I enjoyed the story of Noelle and Angela's friendship journey from childhood friends to those who know the true meaning of what it means to be a friend, through thick and thin, no matter what. They tell their story with love, humor and eloquence. On top of that, Cate's personality and love of life is infectious and will leave you laughing and wishing for more.
You'll love this book if you've ever been lucky enough to have a lifelong friend - and if not, you'll learn how to be a better friend. You'll love this book if you're a parent of a special needs child - and if not, you'll take away a better understanding of kids who are different, in one way or another.
You'll love this book. Treat yourself and buy it today.
This book was so much more than I expected. It had moments of profound sadness, the warmth of real friendship, deep sometimes questioning faith and throughout it all a wonderful child named Cate who the reader cannot help but adore even while empathizing with all the myriad of emotions that are involved in coming to terms with raising a special needs child.
This was exceptionally well written by these two friends; they brought the reader into a very personal, life changing event and the friendship that grew and deepened and matured. Thank you for being willing to open a window into your lives and friendship!