Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review #1496 Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Review: #1496
Book: Never Eighteen
Author: Megan Bostic
Rating: one star (out of four)
Release date: Jan. 17, 2012
Pages: 200
Publisher: HMH Children's Books
Source: ALA 2011

This book was really short. That was part of the appeal in reading it so soon after picking it up from ALA, but it also was probably my main problem with the book. I liked the concept and I thought it was an engaging idea, but I didn’t think it was handled in the best way. Many of the circumstances and situations the protagonist found himself in were not fully explained or adequately described. I wanted more detail. I wanted to fully see his interactions with the people and how it affected them. And that wasn’t really given at all.

It was a pretty sad story too, so not a pick-me-upper book in the least. And because it was so short I had a hard time relating to the characters because I never felt they were fully developed. They seemed a little shallow - I never saw past their surfaces. There were many parts of this book that also felt a little disjointed because the author had to rush from one place to the next. The book should have been longer.

All in all, it was a disappointment and not worth the emotional investment. If you’re looking for a good cry and want a good book dealing with the heavy issues of cancer, check out John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars or Jordan Sonnenblick's Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.

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