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Pity Isn't an Option

(Cozenage #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Seventeen year-old Jonas Norton is trying to come to terms with what his blood disorder has robbed from him, including his two most favorite things: basketball, and competing in Hatchet Racket, Wanless’ annual hatchet-throwing contest. The facts that his father works constantly to pay for his blood tests and Jonas can actually see the disappointment in his eyes for being s ...more
Published February 5th 2013 by Smashwords
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K.L. Lantz
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, beautiful writing, incredible ending.

I am just... moved. Touched. Changed. There's something different about Jessica Brooks' debut novel, Pity Isn't An Option. It's more contemplative than I'm used to, and the writing is just gorgeous. It doesn't gimmick or formulate. It just goes. It just journeys. That's how I feel, like I just went on a journey that changed me.

Have you ever been on an adventure like that in real life? When I was a kid I went on a hike with my family and some fr
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on the blog Chasm of Books*

4.5 stars

My reaction after finishing:

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Pity isn't an option when you're trying to survive

In her YA debut, Jessica Brooks has written a novel in a realistic dystopian setting that captivates and explores how people live on when faced with difficult situations.

I deserve to be treated like a human. I'm still a person who wants to do things and has dreams and potential and believes that carrying out what you want to do in life can be possible.

Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Check out the full review on my blog: http://fictionalboysarejustbetter.blo...

Okay, guys. I started this on New Year's Day with less than 2 hours of sleep. That was a bad, bad idea. I still don't know what happened in the first 6% of the book which may actually explain a lot of my confusion for the first half. I probably missed important points under that hallucination of a day. It gives me a headache just thinking about it...

But anyway, that is not a good way to start off a book. I was such of
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
*I received a copy from the author in return for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Three point-five stars—three because I did like it and an extra point-five for being beautiful. Pity Isn’t an Option had an open-ended conclusion that just fit well with the whole story. This book made me fell slightly sad and slightly happy when I finished it.

However, despite being a beautiful and a bit of a moving book, it did feel a little slow. For the bulk of the book, I kept wondering where it was go
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well written distopian book, with lots of character depth and showing how the government is making life change.

You are following Jonas and his family coping with his health issue as well as seeing his best friend dealing with her family issues.
I don't want to accidentally spoil anything but the Intrigue and twists left me wanting more!!!
Kate Tilton
I have very mixed feeling about Pity Isn't an Option. I liked the premise of the story and the main characters Jonas and Hattie. But overall the story moved too slowly for my pace.

The full review can be found at
Stacey Kym
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC kindly provided by Jessica L. Brooks in exchange for an honest review.


‘Pity Isn’t an Option’ was a well-thought-out, dystopian novel that follows two teens, Jonas Norton and Hattie Akerman, as they try to survive and navigate a world where only the strong survive, life takes and doesn’t give back…where pity really isn’t an option. It was bitter-sweet, a real tear-jerker and a novel that made me think. It is my first novel by Jessica L. Brooks, but it was one that I DID NOT reg

Joana Vieira
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
This review can also be found at Joana In The Sky With BooksOne of the things I liked the most about this book were the main characters! They were beautifully written, they sounded real and were very likeable! The secondary characters were also very unique and they all had distinguishable traits and interesting back stories.I also think that the world was very believable and so was the way people reacted to the government.In my opinion the story moves really slow and only in the last quarter of ...more
Harry Brake
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually a title, or just a "feel" of a book gives you the idea of where a book will take you. I had no idea when I received this book from the YA Scavenger Hunt last year and only had stumbled across it now.

There is so much in the book that is about life, how to wade yourself through, and how pity - well it falls by the wayside if you allow it. Also, how the element of pity actually holds you back in life - and truly only you yourself can move yourself ahead. I LOVE how powerful this book is in
Monica Fastenau
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This book I really enjoyed! Dystopian YA is my cup of tea, and I found the alternating sections between Jonas and Hattie to be wonderful. They were both well-rounded characters, and I felt sympathy toward both of them. Jonas is struggling to keep healthy while his parents work overtime to try to pay for his blood disease care. Hattie’s father is starting to lose his mind, and her mother is left to care for her two children on her
Jessica L. Brooks was able to put me into another world, this slightly sad story was so good, and very moving. Pity isn’t an Option has to be one of my favorite books of all time! This book was slow at first giving the reader the ability to absorb all of the information that is given to set the environment of the book. The plot picks up in the middle of the book, and continues at a steady and fast pace. This story was wonderful in every way! The characters are developed, very complex, and they c ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into reading this book thinking it would be super fast paced and action packed. Unfortunately, for me it was pretty slow. I found that the first 2/3 of the book dragged on and on. But, once it picked up towards the end it didn't stop. I love the world the author created and would be inclined to read more of the series. This book was not a standout read for me. Although, I liked all the characters and actually cared what happened to them. So overall, I give this book a solid 3 star rating. ...more
Anna Buller
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The story is like one I've never read and once I started it I was sucked in. First of all, the writing was gorgeous! And I really liked the characters and getting to live in their thoughts and understand them. And while reading it, it kind of opened my eyes and reminded me of all the little things that we take for granted in day-to-day life. I love that this book was contemporary with a little bit of a dystopian feel (two of my many favorite genres) so, if you're anyt ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book! Oh my gosh it was amazing!! The ending!! Wow seriously no words!! Jessica Brooks did an amazing job!!
Unfortunately a did not finish for me, I will try again another time.
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Jessica L. Brooks is a lover of books, coffee, and all things owl-dorable. She writes young adult books about near-future dystopia (Pity Isn't An Option, Cozenage #1, available now) and magical realism (the Flora series). Connect with her on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story, Tumblr, or anywhere else on the interwebs by doing a search for her username: coffeelvnmom.

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