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Never Eighteen

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,902 Ratings  ·  379 Reviews
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 brok ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by HMH Children's Books
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Jun 22, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, e-book

Why this book?

This seemed like a book for me

What I thought

Austin is dying and before he goes he wants to make things right in his life. I'm so happy I found this book. I really makes you think, What would you do if you knew you were dying? This book was so heartfelt and emotional but fun at the same time. Austin and Kaylee were two characters I absolutely loved and I adored their friendship. This was a fast paced read and I finished it in one sitting,I couldn't put it down. This book i
Aug 30, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who loves life
Recommended to Anna by: Heather

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


I loved this book. The thought patterns I had while reading this made my
Sep 25, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
Why do I torture myself? Really, I swore after reading 'The Fault in Our Stars' I would never touch a book like that again. I cried for about 3 weeks straight after reading that traumatic but so amazing read.
It's like I can't help myself. I know what I'm leaving myself in for but then I cry myself to sleep and ask myself why the hell I even read it before I read yet another book which then does the same-rips out my heart and cuts it into millions of tiny pieces.
Damn, WHY?

The author couldn't h
Jun 25, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Do you have a wish list of things to do someday? Fears to conquer? Things to try? Places to see? People to visit or make amends with? We tend to believe or want to believe time will always be there. Later. Soon. Maybe tomorrow.

Austin Parker is out of time. He will never see eighteen years old, so he sets off on a roadtrip around Washington to accomplish and conquer his list. Readers are invited to jump in, buckle up, and experience Austin’s goodbyes, fears, regrets, and wishes one by one. Roller
Jan 21, 2012 Isamlq rated it it was ok
I’m holding back, but Never Eighteen doesn’t not hold a candle to any book I’ve read on the same topic; the topic supposedly being one of awareness of one’s mortality, knowing when one’s limits been reached, and what one does for things to become ‘meaningful.’

My Biggest Issue with this is how a lot of it felt forced. Things progressed in the same rhythm as one would check off items on a list; which was precisely what the main character was doing. And while each item, person on that list had a s
Kimberly Sabatini
Dec 31, 2011 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
This was the very last book I read in 2011 and it seems to me that it was supposed to be that way. My dad passed away in 2005 during the early morning hours of New Year's Day. Today it is New Year's Eve--seven years later. I'm not sure you ever get over losing a parent or a child, but the way that I've tried to make sense of my personally horrific loss, has been to make my life matter. In honor of my father, I've chosen to live with courage and hope. The truth is that I would not be a debut auth ...more
Melannie :)
It might be a little early to review this book, seeing as it comes out about six months from now. But I saw the description on goodreads and it's been raining for a few days now and I guess I was in the mood cause I just knew I had to read it. Soon.

It was a beautiful story,
This book is about Austin, a 17 year old boy that has cancer. He wakes up some day and decides to do something meaningful with the time he has left, so with the help of his best friend and secret crush, Kaylee,
he's off in a
Aug 10, 2016 Cara rated it really liked it
I did something really stupid. I decided to take a peek and just start a few pages and...*shuffles* I ended up finishing the book. Oh my gosh it makes your heart ache and all this time I should have been doing a paper and how am I going to be able to do that now? *sigh* It's not the book's fault of course. Review to come once I get some work done...if that's possible
Emily May
Jun 17, 2012 Emily May rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf, arc

Didn't manage to finish this one. This book may do it for some people but I quickly lost interest - the protagonist was completely unrealistic in my opinion.
Jun 08, 2011 Cheyenne rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley, kindle
Also see the review on my blog.

Never Eighteen is a quick read. It's just over 200 pages, and I literally read it in about three spanned out hours. It's a sad novel, meant to tug on your emotions. It will make you fall deeply in love and then rip it out from underneath you. It's a common story, and versions of it have been heard a million times, but it was sweet, sad, and romantic nevertheless.

When first starting the novel, I seemed like I was thrown right in the middle of it all. There wasn't mu
Abria Mattina
Jan 17, 2012 Abria Mattina rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-2012
Never Eighteen is a quick read. Unfortunately, that’s the only good thing I have to say about it. It didn’t start off too badly. The preface introduces a good concept/thesis for the novel:

These last few months I’ve come to realize that life doesn’t wait. If we stand still it passes us by, and by the time we understand that, it may be too late. The people I see this weekend–I hope they’re okay with this. I want them to take hold of it and not let go. I hope they at least listen. If they don’t, it
Feb 16, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I've been in a little bit of a funk lately. It seems that the last several books I've read have all just not lived up to my expectations, and I've really just wanted to read something that, well, made me feel something (other than annoyance). So I picked up "Never Eighteen". It's slim, so I thought it would be a quick read (I was right - I finished it in a little over two hours), and that it would make me feel that 'something' I have been missing (right again).

In a lot of ways, this book was gr
Allison (Well-Read Reviews)
Sounds like a depressing but inspirational piece, no? Would you be surprised if I told you that not only was it written in the most simplistic manner possible but that every trite situation in which Austin would want to redeem himself or help a friend was used?

Dying Kid (Check)
Divorced Parents (Check)
Infedelity (Check)
Crush on Best Friend (Check)
Drug Dependent Friend (Check)
Rape (Check)
Rich Grandparent (Check)
Gay Friend (Check)
Abuse (Check)
Bullying (Check)
Drinking (Check)
Death (Check
Jan 20, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
I found all of the characters in this one to be dislikable, and then I found myself feeling guilty for disliking a teen who was dying of cancer. But my reasoning for disliking the characters, especially Austin, was they were underdeveloped. They were sketches of problems, rather than fully fleshed individuals. Austin himself is on his last leg of life because of his illness, and he's trying to talk sense into everyone around him -- whether they were a strong part of his life or not. He's trying ...more
Christopher Chu
May 04, 2012 Christopher Chu rated it really liked it
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J. Fielder
Jan 11, 2012 J. Fielder rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying Megan is a friend of mine, so if that puts you off about my review, I get it. I received her book as part of an agreement to read it, review it, and pass it on. This is Part 2 of that agreement. So with that caveat, let's begin.

Never Eighteen is a good book. It's not groundbreaking. It's not the kind of book that is going to change lives. But it's a good read. The story telling is great, and the writing is engaging and familiar. One might instantly be reminded of Chris Cr
A Book Vacation
Jun 19, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it it was amazing
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has been extremely gracious as to allow me to read an ARC of this novel, through Netgalley, prior to its release in January 2012, for which I am eternally grateful! This is an amazing novel, and I do mean AMAZING! I highly recommend it. Bostic is a phenomenal writer, and her debut novel comes from the heart. Bostic has created such authentic, vivid characters that, as the reader, you can’t help but feel for them; it’s like they’re your best friends too. I love Austin an ...more
Elizabeth B
Apr 28, 2011 Elizabeth B rated it it was amazing
I’ve read many, many books that deal with the topic of a teen’s death but this one is, without a doubt, the most uplifting and courageous one I’ve come across. The short chapters give brief scenes that take place over a single weekend and make this a great story for reluctant readers. Rather than focus on the negativity that permeates YA literature these days, this book instead takes readers on a journey of one teen’s attempt to live life to its fullest – a lesson we could all benefit from. From ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Mari rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Never Eighteen is a story about a boy who knows he's dying and wants to make a difference to the lives of those he's leaving behind. The story was really sad but there was something about the writing that felt distant and I couldn't relate to the MC's feelings or experiences. I couldn't connect to the other characters either. The plot was heartbreaking but the story was laid out very matter of factly and there was no effort to introduce the reader to Austin and his life before he got sick, which ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jan 31, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. To say it was great, fantastic or any other word just does do it for this book. For me the word EPIC comes to mind, totally EPIC!

"Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday." This one line had me wanting to read this book. I was gripped by the book cover because of the car but then I read the blurb and the first line said he was not making it to his eighteenth birthday. I just had to read it and I am so glad I did.

The sto
Mar 22, 2012 Darlene rated it liked it
Never Eighteen is a sad little story about a 17 year old boy, Austin Parker, who has leukemia and has decided not to undergo any further chemotherapy treatments... this leading his doctors to tell him that he would probably not live to see his eighteenth birthday. Austin decides to make a 'to do' list one weekend ... trying to wrap up what he perceives as the 'loose ends' in his life. He enlists the help of Kaylee, his best friend since third grade and whom he is secretly in love with (though i ...more
May 17, 2012 Manda rated it it was amazing
First off, I didn’t give this one a squee rating because I didn’t feel that it was appropriate. There is too much emotion and real life in this book to give it that sort of rating.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I was going to have a hard time with it. This is definitely not one for the faint of heart and I would recommend having a box of tissues near by.

The pain and heartache that the characters go through is so intense that I found myself in tears throughout the whole thing. I al
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Oct 19, 2011 Tracey (Life and Literature) rated it it was amazing
From the minute that I heard about this book, I had to read it and was lucky enough to be sent an ARC by Megan Bostic...... The writing style makes it very easy to read and connect with the characters.

Never Eighteen is the story of Austin. A 17 year old boy who knows he will never make it to 18 and so sets out on a road trip of sorts with his best friend and secret crush Kaylee.

“There are some things I want to do, some crazy things, some wild things, some fun things, things I’ve never done, thi
-k The Lady Critic
Mar 31, 2011 -k The Lady Critic rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book, for-review
Stay tuned for a full review closer to the release date. But for now, here's a mini one.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this. Mostly because I’m horrible and never read a summary as a refresher before starting to read the novel, but also because with all the Lurlene McDaniel and Nicholas Sparks type books out there plots can seem all alike. This novel was different.

But first off, bravo to Megan Bostic for a debut novel that most definitely never seemed like a debut. This nove
Sep 25, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
This book filled precisely the role I wanted it to fill at the time. I felt empty and broken and shattered and just plain awful by the end. AND there was a tragically too-late, beautiful BFForever turned love interest storyline that just made it for me. If you haven't guessed, the book is titled Never Eighteen, because the protagonist, 17 year old cancer patient Austin Parker, will never be eighteen. You know that going into it, so you would think that the 200 pages leading up to the inevitable ...more
◄   ♥☺♥ Big Joe's Book Lust ♥☺♥   ►
Really liked this story. Austin has cancer and is dying, he won't see his 18th birthday. He decides before he goes to try to right wrongs and make amends for things he does. With a list and his best friend, Kaylee as his 'driver' he sets off on a a quest to leave this world with no regrets and that includes Kaylee, the girl he has loved since he met her.
While the list it done in a 'too methodical' way for my liking the stories of those on his list are interesting and thankfully everyone doesn't
Sep 30, 2012 nekromantis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-problems

17 year old Austin Parker woke up one day knowing that he doesn't have much time left. And wanting to accomplished things that he have never done before and mend the fence between him and others.

This novel really touch my heart, normally I wouldn't go for these type of books but this one was an exception and that it had me crying and thinking about how it would've been if it was me or a close friend.

I would recommended that everyone should read this.
Apr 12, 2012 Shay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own, diseases
Megan is definately one of my favorite authors. This book was SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD ! I loved every single second of it. Kaylee and Austin will forever have a place in my heart. I definately sheded ???!?! lol alot of tears ., Great STory . YOLO!
Oct 22, 2011 J. rated it really liked it
This book is kinda like a bullet. Small, fast, yet, completely kills you.
Better review to come.
Jul 06, 2014 Chrissie rated it did not like it
Oh boy, did I despise this one.

Never Eighteen tries really hard to be an issue book, and in it's quest it attempts to jam in as many serious topics as it could within its slim frame.

The story follows a seventeen year old cancer patient. That's all you need to know about him. Well, that and he's creepily in love with his best friend. But the cancer is the important thing. It doesn't even matter the type. Anyway, I hated this kid to the point that I can't even recall his name. I coulda sworn it w
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“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.”
“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. Mostly I remember that weekend with Kaylee.” 15 likes
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