I was expecting to enjoy this youth novel as much as I did. The honesty in which in characters embrace the perils of their situation while uplifting each other offers constant humor and sentiment throughout the story. The perspective of the sick who " do not have the luxury of being able to ignore their mortality" deepens the development of the simplest plot points and opens the reader (or listener) to a world most are fortunate not to know. Recommended for all ages!
I originally had my doubts that I would enjoy this book, but as a cancer survivor of only 3 years it grabbed me from the start.
This is a good story, and one that is not often told. The characters were well thought out and interesting. It's hard to deal with a terminal illness, or any disability, and this story brings that challenge into the open.
Being terminally ill made this a totally fresh and interesting perspective of being a teenager. All the characters were very real and compelling. Never smaltzy for a minute.
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I found the story to be depressing, although the writing was excellent. Yes, it's an important issue and we should learn to view sick people as still human, not different from us fundamentally. But the story itself seemed hopeless and sad.