A heartrending account of a young man's battle with cancer, as told by his mother. I had to teach this book as part of a course I taught my first year. The class was about heroism, and I see why this book was chosen. While he was certainly no superhero, he battled a force that is so difficult to defeat in the world we live in that it has killed thousands upon thousands. I don't usually read biographies, especially ones that I know are going to rip out my heart, that kind of self-punishment is not really my thing, but this was a book that I did enjoy, even though it ripped out my heart and stomped on it a few times for good measure.