Lucy just had the worst week ever. Seriously, mega bad. And suddenly, it’s all too much—she wants out. Out of her house, out of her head, out of her life. She wants to be a whole new Lucy. So she does something the old Lucy would never dream of.
And now her life will never be the same. Now, how will she be able to have a boyfriend? What will she tell her friends? How will she face her family?
Now her life is completely different…every moment is a gift. Because now she might not have many moments left.–Description from Goodreads
This book is heartbreaking, beautiful and the kind of novel will stay with you possibly even forever. I do not think I will ever hear about this subject again without thinking of this character.
I wasn’t sure what I would think of this book when I first started reading it. This is difficult subject matter and I thought it might be too sad to read. It turns out that it is pretty realistic, but it is written in such a way that it offers you hope for the young woman that is the main character.
You struggle with her as she learns the truth of her situation, learns about her options and the disease itself. You are there as she discovers that her life may not end abruptly and without warning as she first feared. This is an incredibly moving book with many different facets that make it interesting.
The family dynamic is wonderful. The parents are supportive of her and try to improve her situation with understanding and compassion, yet the author also gave them time to grieve and react to the news of their daughter’s illness. I thought the relationship the main character shared with her birth mother was tragic, but also resulted in a beautiful gift that made this story even more worth reading.
The romance is plausible and the author did a superior job of making the here today gone tomorrow feeling of high school relationships shine through. It takes talent for an adult to write as a teen, and Jessica Verdi did it wonderfully.
The only thing I would say that I would have liked to see and perhaps wasn’t quite explored enough, is that it is not always the one night stand or the creepy guy who sleeps around that can be the cause of this disease. I felt it would have been important to focus on the possibility of her ex boyfriend being someone who should have been tested for the disease. I also found it very hard to believe that one of the characters would have kept her mouth shut about what she knew in a certain situation when she had been built up as a spoiled brat who hated the main character.
All in all, this was an amazing book. It deserves a read. If you have a teenager, it might be a good choice. This book covers some harsh reality, but in a way that I think would speak to a teen audience in such a manner that they could not only understand, but also relate to.
Very well done.
This review is based on a digital ARC.