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To Die To Live

(Thelonious Mitchell #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Thelonious "Theo" Mitchell is a down on his luck teenager, wandering aimlessly through life with no desire or focus. When tragedy strikes, he is taken in by his aunt and uncle. Thrown into a new school with unfamiliar surroundings, he befriends the class "troublemaker". After yet another tragedy, will Theo fall victim to life, or use the tragedy as a spark and motivation t ...more
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Published October 25th 2016 by SP Publishing LLC/Createspace
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I would like to start this review by thanking Jason Hershey. He contacted me through my blog to see whether I would be interested in reading To Die To Live, and after sending me a copy he was lovely when life threw some curveballs our way. First my Kindle decided to give up life, then when my Kindle was working the mobi file of this story errored on me. Through it all Jason Hershey was patient and understanding, something I’m really grateful for. Top marks right there, for being a great human be ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Left me happy sad crying and wanting more can't wait till next book.
Angie Pfeiffer-Senft
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was graciously given the unique opportunity of reading an advanced copy of “To Die to Live” by Jason Hershey in exchange for an honest review. That being said, it has not altered my opinion of the book whatsoever. You can expect Jason’s book to hit shelves November 2nd 2016.

If you’ve followed my blog at all, you’ll realize I break down books in several different ways. One is the cover. If I were to see this particular book on the shelf, I don’t believe I would be drawn to it- most likely this
Sara Lucinda
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the debut YA book from new author Jason Hershey, a short novella about two high school boys who forge an impossible friendship, and the hardships of growing up with parents with substance abuse problems.

The story started off with an average kid named Theo at a new high school, you could tell that the kid didn’t really fit in with others all that well. It is hard for him to meet new friends, since he has never really had many friends to begin with. When a school bully picks on him and b
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Jason Hershey's debut novel “To Die To Live” and recommends it as an emotional 3 star read.

Jason Hershey has written his debut novel for the Young Adult market. I was provided with a copy to read and review for the author and I am glad I did, it's a real page turner and I read it in one sitting.

The lead character of the book is Thelonious Mitchell, known as Theo, adopted by his aunt and uncle following his mother’s death. Theo is a teenager with issues, he is a loner an
Joy Corkery
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on Joyful Antidotes.

Admittedly, I am not a big fan of short stories, neither am I of YA fiction. However, sometimes there are books which come along that break through this wall, and To Die To Live by Jason Hershey was certainly one.

To Die To Live tells the story of Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell who is adopted by his aunt and uncle following the loss of his mother. Having started a new school, he forms a strong friendship with the class “troublemaker”. When another trage
Kristin's Novel Cafe
My Review: 3.5/5

I usually don't read YA books, but when the author reached out to me to read To Live to Die, I was intrigued.

The story is told from Theo's point of view. He's a shy kid, starting out at a new school after his mother dies and his Aunt and Uncle adopt him. He's lonely, without any friends. From his description of his first day, he comes from a rough school complete with metal detectors at the entrance. It's a culture shock for him and he doesn't fit in.

After getting picked on by t
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The simple concept of the title for this novella made me wonder if it would be far too sad or indeed shed a light on hope.

Theo is a kid with issues, no doubt about it. His childhood has thrown him some of the worst deals imaginable. He gets to live with his Aunt and Uncle, starts a new school and the trauma that goes with being the ‘new’ kid. At this point I convinced myself the tragedy would be contending with the bullies. The utter sense of bewilderment going in each day and trying to blend i
Megan | A Page to Turn
I'm not even sure where to start... while this book was a simple, easy and short read, I feel like it lacked in substance for me. First of all, I had a hard time connecting to Theo as a character and as our narrator. I feel like even though this story was in first person, I just didn't get enough of his inner monologue at all - I wanted more from him. The story was telling me how he felt, instead of showing me how he felt (and how I should feel).

It was also hard to follow the timeline - I didn't
Busy Bees
Nov 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Star Rating - ***.5

This was a very short read and I finished it in just one sitting. It was totally different to what I would normally read, but I did still like the story, as I read books from this genre when I was younger.

After being adopted by his Aunt and Uncle, Thelonius 'Theo', is hesitant to start a new high school. Whilst being worried about his lack of friends, Theo runs into Draven, his soon to be best friend. But, after disaster strikes, will Theo be able to carry on and live his li
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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A short story with a strong message.

When Theo makes an unlikely friendship with the school "badass", the two realize there is more to people than meets the eye. Through deep conversation, studying both each other and their school work, and teaching one another about life, Theo comes to terms with what life is all about.

From an unexpected source, he finds the strength to fight for his goals and make the most of his life and future; knowing he has the ability if he just puts his mind to it.

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Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally this book was the sort of thing I would normally give a miss to, based on the synopsis. But after a bit of a challenge from the author (a good-natured "I really feel you are missing out") I couldn't resist. So rising to the bait I embarked on a story of loneliness, sorrow, friendship and life tragedy. All in all, a really well written piece.
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Fast-paced, but heartfelt short story full of loss, love, and hope. Don't read this without expecting to feel something for what the character endures. Highly recommended.
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I have been a teacher for over 10 years, teaching everything from kindergarten to high school. I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, and currently reside in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. I have a BS in Elementary Education. I am married and have 3 sons. This is my first book, but I have two others in various stages of completion; a children's book as ...more

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