Jan 17, 2012

Review - Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic +Giveaway

Never Eighteen by Meg Bostic
January 17th, 2012 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The title really says it all. Austin is a 17-year-old boy who will never see his 18th birthday. He has decided to spend one of his last weekends mending fences with others and laying his heart on the line. Sickness has taken over his body and he feels that the time to make things right is running out. Old friends, acquaintances, and family members get paid a visit. All the while, Austin works up the nerve to tell his best friend, Kaylee, that he loves her; that he has loved her since the first day they met in third grade.

You know by the synopsis that this one will be a tear jerker, but this story is wrapped in a warm blanket of hope and optimism. Austin isn't struggling to find a cure or begging God to be miraculously healed. He takes a mature approach to his impending death even when others aren't ready to face the truth. Austin is only looking to right some wrongs and find out a few answers along the way before his time runs out. Things don't always go according to plan, but Austin is steadfast and commits to seeing his plan out. Watching him go through this journey is truly inspiring. You can't help but count your blessings and question what might have gone wrong with a few relationships in your life.

His friendship with Kaylee is endearing and although you feel for Austin's parents and their soon-to-be loss of their only child, it is Kaylee who you empathize with more. They have already suffered the loss of a mutual friend, and together they seem to be able to rise above everything. Except for this one thing - Austin's illness. As the story progresses, I was anxiously awaiting for Austin to confesses his love for Kaylee. It takes him quite some time and more than one attempt before the words finally come. Not all predictable and I am pleased with how the bow was tied on at the end.

The epilogue is told in the third person as Kaylee goes through a box that Austin left her after he passes. I dare anyone not to shed a tear when you read the moving letter he writes her. "I'm so sorry we didn't have more time together. Nine years just didn't seem like enough, right?" If soul mates truly exist, surely they are a pair. Simply beautiful...

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22 comments:

  1. I definitely thought this would be a complete tear jerker. I'm glad to hear it isn't! While I still enjoy those novels, I have to prepare myself for them. Knowing this one gets optimistic makes it sound really lovely.

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  2. i can't wait...and i'm scared to read it all at the same time. :)

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  3. I've only read a few books that involved people with diseases, and I hope to read more. That cover is gorgeous!

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  4. OMGosh, I loved this book! And yes, it definitely had me bawling at the end. :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well!

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  5. The book sounds amazing! Love the cover!

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  6. I want to read this book SO bad! It sounds sad but the good sad, which I love. I'm so happy you enjoyed it:D

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥
    -thank you&come again.

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  7. Oh wow... I think I'm going to cry, and that's from reading the synopsis. :( Thanks for sharing! I would love to read this.

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  8. The book looks great! Would love to read it!

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  9. Omg I read the summary and I was like I can't possibly read the book without sobbing my eyes out. But because u said it was good I'll risk making my mascara run. Lol thanks :)
    Chloe h.

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  10. This book was totally EPIC! At times it had me crying and then laughing. I could not put it down that is how good it is. I work in a hospital in the Pediatric department and I see kids all the time who come in with this illness and never leave. I think this book would brighten some of there days. This book is so inspiring!

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  11. Wow! It seems like this is a real dandy! I have it listed as one of my DAC books to read.. because let's face it, the cover rocks! I'm like you and don't read the synopsis so, I have no idea what the book is actually about but from the looks of things I won't be let down. :)

    Thanks for the awesome opportunity as always. You rock!

    Amy

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  12. Just reading this review made me cry. This book sounds like a good read. Will need my tissue box when I get to read this book.
    Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  13. Even though I already started to tear up just reading the synopsis, I can't wait to read this book. It looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  14. Lovely review. I can already tell that this is the kind of book that is going to make me cry! I would LOVE to win it, too :)
    Thank you so much for the giveaway

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  15. Wow.... it sounds emotionally gripping! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  16. Love the look of the cover. though i haven't read the synopsis, I'm sure this will be a great, if sad, read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Oh wow this sounds like a really great read. It sounds like an emotional book...but a great one. Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. What a beautiful story. I recently finished The Fault In Our Stars, and this seems to pair well with that story. I'll buy some tissues just in case!

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  19. Thanks for this giveaway! I really want to read this. It looks so moving and fantastic - thanks for the chance. :]

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway! I hope I get picked:) This book sounds great and i want to read it:) I wish I get a copy:)Thanks again!

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  21. i can't wait2 read it
    tnx 4the review

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