Pity Isn't an Option
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 ...more
My reaction after finishing:
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!!!
The full review can be found at http://katetilton.com/january-2015-k8...
‘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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more