Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you! Massive thanks to Georgia Springate for reaching out to me for a book review.
“What happens when we die? Is this really all there is? What exists beyond this life?
Alex Duncan is just an ordinary 14 year old boy. His main worries are homework, girls, the school bully…
…and his sister, Jenna who has ovarian cancer, stage B.
As his parents retreat into themselves, Alex is desperate to find a way to help, a way to make things better for his sister. After all, it’s the not knowing that’s the worst thing. Whilst he tries to untangle the ultimate question, life still goes on: his best friend seems oblivious to his feelings about her, the school bully has taken a special interest in him, and everything he does just makes him feel more and more awkward and out of place.
What Alex learns on his journey helps him to come to terms with not only his sister’s mortality but also how he and his family and friends cope with that most compelling of questions: what lies beyond?”
First of all I need to say this: the cover for this book is just gorgeous. I’m sort of in love with it haha. But anyway, let’s get to the actual review!
You may have noticed that this book is not my norm, it’s not a romance *gasp*. And I almost didn’t want to read it, but I’m so glad I did, because it was just lovely. This book covers such an interesting topic, because it focuses on the family member of someone who’s suffering from such an awful illness.
The story itself is captivating, you’re really taken into the mind of this 14 year old boy who’s trying to live his life while his sister suffers. It’s sort of that thing where someone you love passes away and you have to figure out how to keep on going. Except in this case the person is still here. As someone who has watched 5 of their family members suffer through cancer (3 of which eventually lost their fight) I really appreciated the perspective that this book gave.
The issues that Alex is facing are in a way typical things that every teen experiences and yet he is also dealing with something that could be considered beyond his maturity level. This is something that is forcing him to grow up way too fast. And really he has no choice. This book was just so well written, nothing felt forced or cheesy. You really take this journey with Alex and the whole thing is incredibly thought provoking. This book was funny and engaging, while still managing to be respectful of the struggles people face when someone they love is suffering. I highly recommend this one!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads