I am having a lot of trouble trying to review this book. When I first learned about Mercy Lily, I was entranced by the title, so entranced, it seems, that I didn't quite read the synopsis clearly.
I knew the book would be about a dying mum, but I missed the whole "mom is willing to let her fourteen year old daughter suffer so she can be free of pain" bit. This seems improbable on so many levels. I am not a mother, but my own mother would never leave me in such a position, an orphan, save for a neighbor who is strangely dependable. It just wouldn't happen, and it shouldn't happen, and I just can't read about it.
So yes, my expectation for a Lurlene McDaniel esque story were not met, and though I delved in thinking I would be reading a certain kind of story, and was confronted by a different animal entirely, I wouldn't have liked this book, regardless.
The dialogue is cheesy and nearly juvenile, the high school relationships are cliche, and my favorite character was a dog who cannot speak.
Did not finish, so no long review TK.