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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  281 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis--or CIPA for short. One of only a handful ...more
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Published March 1st 2015 by AW Teen
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Feb 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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I was having such a good run with YA books . . . and then I requested an ARC of Painless . . .

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You'd think having a main character with CIPA - a disease that makes it so instead of things like this happening . . .

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things like this happen instead . . .

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would make for a good book. Unfortunately that was not the case with Painless.

Let me start with the good stuff . . .

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Oh yeah, there wasn't any.

This is a prime example of
Denia  Books & Baubles
This book was simply beatiful, I can't say more. ...more
Jan 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

This book is suppose to be YA but I don't think that people of that demographic will relate or enjoy this book all that much. It didn't seem to resonate or have any of the things that appeal to young readers. I hate to say it but it was extremely obvious that the author was pretty far removed from that age demogra
Brandi Kosiner
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read Painless from the first time I saw the premise. I am drawn to books about teens with illnesses. I have never read a book about anhydrosis or CIPA, but have seen a House episode. LOL. I am diagnosed with somewhat of the opposite... a neurological condition where my body doesn't process pain signals correctly, and I feel pain more than normal, especially in the muscles. I know that CIPA is much more dangerous because you can get burned and not know it, or be sick and not really h ...more
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Review originally on my blog: https://unquenchablereads.wordpress.c...

******I was got an e-arc of the book from the publisher on Netgalley. All thoughts are my own*******
Edition: e-arc, Netgalley
Pages: 272
Series or Standone: Standalone
Published: March 1th, 2015
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Goodreads Synopsis: “A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more d
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David is 17 (almost 18) and suffers from a condition where he can't feel pain and has troubles regulating his body temperature. Which sounds like it could have been a really nice book, but somewhere it fell short.

David really acted like a child most of the time and the writing didn't help there either. He has a constant assistant, but since he didn't have any mental issues and was perfectly aware (by training) of what he could and coul
Kerri (Book Hoarder)
What an odd, melancholy book this was.

David is a teenager with CIPA, a genetic condition that means that he doesn't feel pain, and he also doesn't sweat. His whole life has been a journey of having to be careful, worrying about hurting himself, and knowing that he puts those around him through difficulties due to his condition.

The book takes us on an exploration of what life is like for David - the way his social skills have suffered, his tenuous relationships with his guardian and friends, hi
Sally Kruger
Against all odds, David Hart is still alive. At age seventeen, he has lived longer than anyone ever expected. David was diagnosed with CIPA, a congenital insensitivity to pain.

David was abandoned by his mother shortly after his birth, and not long after that, his father, not ready for the immense responsibility of raising a child with this unusual condition, left David with his grandparents. Growing up for David meant continuous monitoring since even a minor injury could result in a life-threat
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
A quick read with an interesting premise. David has a rare genetic condition where he cannot feel pain, not only that, but he also can't sweat or cry or know when he needs to go to the toilet. As a result he has led a very sheltered life and is pretty clueless when it comes to ...well just about anything. This book mainly focussed on a coming of age type scenario where David meets a girl and must try and work out what to do with his life.

This was not a horrible read but it also definitely wasn't
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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“Painless” is a book about a boy, David, who suffers from a life-threatening disease called CIPA that makes it impossible for him to feel pain or changes in temperature.

The world of David is a fascinating one, with inner thoughts and situations that are not what most of us have ever been exposed to. Additionally, there is a wealth of information about CIPA and what life is like for those living with it. The plot is excellent in that it shows how David learns to come out of his shell and begin de
Diesel Reads Books
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Writing style as always was run of the mill. Nothing overly unusual to report but nothing bad to talk about either.

The main character in this book I found to be quite bland. I can only describe it as trying to hold a conversation with someone but having them only speaking one word every five seconds. Reading David’s story was a bit like reading the stoned caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Long and drawn out without really saying anything.
I need to love a main character, or love to hate them,
I can understand why this book isn't for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. I found David's story very real and I was satisfied with how it ended. ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Painless is a realistic fiction book. The theme is if you work hard for something you can achieve it. The book shows this because when the main character, David, and the girl that was taking care of him since his best friend would be at college made him write a list on his goals. He worked as much as he can to drive to get his permit. He had a schedule everyday and would get in at least 2 hours of driving. Later he got his permit and got to drive where he wanted.

Painless is about a guy who can’t
Kylee Brown
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book Painless was very interesting and kept us all on our toes. At the beginning of the book, we found out about David's disease of CIPA and had found multiple pieces of background knowledge to help us have a better under standing of the story and where David came from. We, as small group readers, definitely had many questions about Luna, his family, his disease, what types of ups and down the 'couple' would experience, what routes they would take to achieve their goals and what path would t ...more
Dan Martin
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked it. What is pain? Is it truly subjective? How does one understand pain when one is physically incapable of feeling it? That's at the heart of this story. David has a rare medical condition that doesn't allow him to feel pain. Not only that, but he can't feel hot or cold so he can't regulate his body temperature. Through all of this, he has lived longer than any of his doctor's expected. He graduated high school and is eager to get out of the house to which he has been confined most of hi ...more
Ali Mark
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gut Instinct Rating - 4.5
Story Line - 4.5
Writing Style - 4
Characters - 5
Excitement Factor - 4
Believability for type and topics - 5
Similarity to other books - 5
Cover art - 4
Title Relevance - 5

David suffers from a disease called CIPA (for short). David is incapable of feeling temperature, pain, and struggles with some other things that simply complicate his life. If you've ever wanted to not feel pain, this bo
Penny lurkykitty
The concept and premise of this book had great potential. The main character, David, has a rare disorder in which he can't feel pain or regulate his body temperature. I was interested to learn more about the condition, but the book fell flat for me. The characters did not seem well developed and it was difficult to guess what motivated them especially Luna. David's voice was quite flat but perhaps that was meant to be a symptom of his condition. It was very odd that early in the book a friend of ...more
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
David Hart is one of my favorite characters I've met this year. When you think of painless there are many preconceived notions. There are so many little things in this book I hadn't even thought of. I love David's internal dialogue. Spencer is a great friend, even if he was paid for it. I enjoy the ongoing quips concerning his cologne. Will recommend this book. in the search for his parents, he finds himself. This book made my heart happy. ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The ramblings of a teen boy who has a rare disease where he cannot feel pain and has beat most odds by surviving childhood. Now, with the realization of his mortality and the people around him moving on with life, he has created a bucket list that he works to accomplish.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was different than I had anticipated, but that’s what made it enjoyable to read. It’s not your typical young adult romance novel! The protagonist’s story is a bit heartbreaking, again not what I had in mind before reading!
adik miftakhur
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was having such a good time reading this one.

review to come :)
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I really liked the concept and promise of this book, but it never really clicked for me.....
Shana Downs
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure how to explain this book. To me it was all over the place . I feel like it was talking to someone who has a horrible attention span. ...more
Weak writing but interesting plot.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me sad. The ending didn't really wrap things up happily. I felt like my heart died. 10/10 would recommend ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
For someone who can’t feel pain, David Hart has been through a lot. David has anhidrosis, or CIPA for short --- a congenital insensitivity to pain. It’s extremely rare. It’s lifelong. There is no cure. And one more thing about CIPA: it’s basically fatal.

Pain is something that most people take for granted. We know the stove is burning hot so we pull our hand away. We know a muscle is torn so we stop moving. We know that a day is bitterly, bitterly cold so we wear a jacket. We know something hurts
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Originally posted at along with further reading about CIPA.

Remember that episode in House, M.D. with the girl who can’t feel pain? I remember watching that and thinking, THIS CAN’T BE REAL. (Hey, I was just a little first year at the time.) Google showed me the light, though, and so I learned a pretty important physiological lesson: pain has purpose.

I love reading YA with protag
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Synopsis promises something spectacular: a boy ridden by rare disease who is determined to actually live. A personal quest of sorts, and with unique theme as David doesn't feel pain. It made me question everything - how it works, how David takes care of himself and how does he see the world? Unfortunately, the book didn't quite deliver what I expected from it. Yes, David has a rare disease and his view of world is different and intriguing. But that's it. The plot was intermittent as it went on a ...more
White House Public Library
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pain is something that most people take for granted. We know the stove is burning hot so we pull our hand away. We know a muscle is torn so we stop moving. We know that a day is bitterly, bitterly cold so we wear a jacket. We know something hurts, so we respond.

And without pain, it turns out, your life is forever altered. Most children born with CIPA don’t live beyond three years, and the maximum lifespan is about 25. At age 17, David knows he doesn’t have much time left, so he comes up with a b
Max Baker
Thank you Netgalley for proving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review

Alright, let me tell you something before I start this review. When I first requested this, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew it involved a guy who couldn't feel pain, but I wasn't really sure what the actual plot was. When I read the book, I realized the plot was...well...kind of gone. Even if this is a character driven story, I never felt the characters go anywhere.

Painless is ab
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