01 November 2011

{Book Review + Blog Tour} Never Eighteen

By: Me My Shelf And I | 01 November 2011 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | |


Never Eighteen
Author: Megan Bostic
Format: ARC
Pages: 202
Publish Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: HMH Children’s Books
Rating: 5+ Birds

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.

We are the SECOND stop on the Never Eighteen blog tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene.  For more reviews and author interviews, click on their name to be taken to their website.

I can’t even…this book was so incredibly emotional that I cried as it ended.  The synopsis is enough to have made me chose to go “I’d like a shot at that” and when I was one of the chosen for the tour I got really happy about it.  That was near the extent of happiness once I started reading the book.

Austin, what can I say about this character?  He’s incredible for a seventeen year old boy who knows he’s probably going to die soon.  With the book mainly just spanning the period of two days in which Austin needs to do some stuff – he gets what he wants and needs to accomplished.  Some things work out, and some don’t.  Knowing which was a mystery along the way until near the end.

Each character that I saw along the way had something significant happen to them, or be such a part of their lives that it let it consume them!  I think that’s what drew me in even more.  Everything was incredibly realistic, and a couple of the situations truly hit home!  It was incredible to see how real this could all be.

Kaylee quickly became someone I could identify with as well in this book.  She’s the flame to Austin’s candle.  Everything about her was put into this book.

I hope others will enjoy this book as much as I did, and maybe see things in a bit of a new light.  Grudges really aren’t worth keeping after all…

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  1. it's sounds like a cross between any cancer book, and 13 reasons why. I WANT to read this book like right now!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful review!


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