No Sad Songs
From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story and so invested in Gabe. He made me laugh and my heart wrenched for him at the same time. I enjoyed seeing him grow as the story was told. I LOVED all the characters in this story including Grandpa! He was ...more
Reason #1. How Can It Be So Funny When It's So Sad?
It's hard to believe it, but No Sad Songs is one of the funniest books I've read this year so far. Its entertainment value is incredible. I will say that sometimes it goes over the top, and maybe the jokes are a little disrespectful, especially when it comes to Gabe's grandfather, but at the same time - isn't this what teen humor is about a lot? So it does paint a pretty convinc ...more
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No Sad Songs is quite a difficult book to read, and definitely a difficult book to review. It explores so many hard-hitting issues and situations with nuance, and I've probably rewrote this entire review about five times. It's not all fun, but it's not all doom and gloom. Despite starting with earth-shattering grief, the books still managed to make me laugh.
I loved the exploration of friendship. Hone ...more
Gabe is a high school senior with a pretty much one/two track mind of a teenager, pizza, video games OH yes the school hottie, there is always one girl that all the guys want, but so often she doesn’t even know they exist or perhaps just doesn’t care, after all she can play the game and have any of them. ...more
Gabe is used to helping care for his ailing grandfather. Then tragedy strikes and thrusts eighteen-year-old Gabe into the position of primary care giver for his grandfather with dementia.
They're so many things to love about, 'No Sad Songs'. The thing I love most is that
Gabe’s entire life revolves around his Grandpa and above anything, this book really did make me gain a much higher appreciation of anyone in Gabe’s situation. Anyone who is a carer to someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I’ve not had a solid experience of knowing someone with ...more
The first thing that popped into my mind when I read No Sad Song's synopsis was: this sounds familiar. It's not that I have lived the same experience as the main character, but I found his situation to be relatable to my own with one of my grandparents, which made the read all the more intriguing for me.
The main character of this novel, Gabe LoScuda, finds hi ...more
This book...full of heavy hitting material that follows a high school boy who has to care for his ailing grandfather cursed with Alzheimer's. This book, which tells of a boy who lost his parents and has a long lost ...more
This book is an emotional rollercoaster and I loved it. Because when you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it really is a roller coaster. You can be crying with laughter one minute when they say something SO inappropriate. And then you’ll realise that they’re slipping away from you.
Honestly, my heart went out to Gabe. One minute he’s a normal kid, hanging out ...more
No Sad Songs is a heartwarming story about family connections and friendship which gives people an eye into the lives of the family of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Reading this book was very enjoyable, even with a couple problems I found with the writing style, which I go into more in my full review at https://aitanareads.wordpress.com/201...
Big thank you to Frank Morelli for providing me with an advanced copy of this book!
So one of the high points of this book is definitely the writing, it was very well written and there were elements that just really added to ...more
Dementia is something that changes from person to person, but it's regardless of it an awful disease for everyone involved. It's unfortunately very common and sadly there's no cure. I've only had one person ...more
Let’s get right to the point: I really liked this book! I’m not really the biggest fan of contemporary and tend to only reach for it when I feel like reading it, but this was far from the usual lovey/romance/girl-meets-boy kind of contemporary that I tend to lean away from that I was way more invested in it than I usually would be.
I want to first start off this review by touching on my absolute favorite part of the whole ...more
Told from Gabe’s point of view we are given a glimpse of what life as a young carer is like for many people, juggling school, a part time job and friendship with the heavy responsibility of caring for someone who used to care for you. It is a real eye opener and I was so proud of Gabe by the end of the book, he doesn’t a ...more
Gabriel LoScuda is your typical eighteen year old just trying to get through high school, maybe get a girl, succeed in baseball, but above all he’s driven by the thought of keeping his grandfather safe. The book delivered well in portrayin ...more
This book was recommended to me after I included Still Alice on a list of books to read for an organization of which I am a part. We support the Alzheimer’s Association as one of our major projects so since we are teachers, this book was recommended because the main character is a young teenage boy who suddenly finds himself the caretaker of his grandfather who suffers from a form of dementia.
Having promised his father that he would always take care of his grandfath ...more