Review: Never Eighteen

January 25, 2013 Review 12 ★★★★

Review: Never Eighteen
Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 200
Release Date: 2012-01
Genres: Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life.Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go.But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.

Confession, I thought this was a 2013 debut. Someone still thinks it’s 2012. Oh yes, me. Anyway, before I start talking about myself in third person even more, I’ll get on with it.

Austin has cancer. I don’t know why they just didn’t say it, the synopsisand plot dart around it until almost the very end. What if I was unable to use context clues and common sense? He could have been dying from AIDS for all we know. So. Austin has cancer. He is tired of doing chemotherapy so he decides he wants to die surrounded by his friends and family.

Loved the quotes, too.
Life is subjective as far as memories are concerned. I mean, what pieces of your own life do you really remember? Some good times, some bad times definitely, but mostly you remember those times that really stand out, those times that define who you are as an individual. Now’s the time my life flashes before me—flickering recollections, vacations, holidays, friendships, the moments that made a difference.

This is a book you pick up pretty much with the goal to be emotionally torn apart. You know it’s going to make you cry, despite how you may have held it together during Marley and Me. (But I doubt you did.)

Did I cry? Of course I did! I’m not a heartless sack of rocks!
I’m not sure who the audience intended to be in this novel, because I read one review where one person who actually had cancer was a little offended by this novel. The same goes with people that are trying to cope with someone’s death. It does have a nice message and simple but engaging plot.
“What if I just want to die?”
“Then I will be sad and disappointed that you cheated yourself out of your chance at existence. Not all of us have that opportunity, you know, to choose life.”
I’m a sucker for books like this and so I was bound to love it. Four stars because there was too much drama to be realistic. Every single one of Austin’s friends had some sort of issue or horrible past. I found that just a bit unbelievable.
If you are looking for a tear-jerker, you probably won’t be able to resist this.


Rating Report
Overall: 4

12 Responses to “Review: Never Eighteen”

  1. Megan TheBookBabe

    Ooh! I’m going to be read TFiOS next, which deals with similar issues. I think I’m ready for a tear-jerker. This book sounds fabulous– I really need to read it soon, LOL! I wish that there was more that I could say, but I haven’t read it yet. o_O Fab review, Alise! :D


    Tear Jerkers! How I hate tear jerkers. They make my eyes sweat! (Not a very good look on a guy)
    Nice review Alise! This book is bound to raise awareness about the grim reality that cancer patients (as well as patients of other fatal diseases) go through. It must be hard knowing that your days are numbered.

    • Alise (Readers In Wonderland)

      LOL, ah yes, eye sweat. Nothing to be ashamed of. But this one is definitely an heartbreaking story. The thing I liked about the main character is that he has accepted his limited time and makes the most of it. I think everyone who goes into this story knows he is going to die..sorry to spoil it for you if you didn’t realize it :p

  3. Sunny Duvall

    I love emotional books! The book sounds amazing if I can overlook a couple things you mentioned in your fantastic review :) You seriously had me already get emotional just by the Marley and Me gif. But I’ve never heard of this book until now so THANK YOU.

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