Micah Persell asked:
Trying to find something for a student of mine to read in the hospital as she undergoes her second round of chemo. Understandably, I want to stay away from books with young heroines dying. I've had this book recommended to me as a good one for empowerment, but I cannot find any word on Ava's fate. Happy ending? Sad ending? Good idea for a young cancer patient? Any advice appreciated!
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[A very hopeful ending, in my opinion! The heroine does not die.She overcomes fear, adversity, wrongs committed against her. It is frequently misinterpreted that she does die, but this is not the case. The novel begins with a letter written by the heroine fifty years in the future, indicating that she is looking back on her life as an older woman. (And, to be transparent, I heard Leslye Walton speak at a local bookstore and asked her about the different interpretations-- she told me she was horrified to find out people interpreted the ending to be tragic. She wanted for it to be hopeful. And for me, it definitely was.) (hide spoiler)]
Jana Verhelst Pushing the limits ,book one! A book about Echo, a girl who survived an attack that should've taken her life, but leaves her broken and scarred. She meets Noah, a boy whose parents have died long ago and who has gone from foster home to foster home. He fights for his two brothers, who are kept from him. Their meeting could be the start of a beautiful love, but also a great tragedy... The heroine faces her fears and in the end, she wins! A beautiful thriller, that left me speechless.... I definetly reccomend it to your student!! As for, Ava Lavender, I'm currently reading the book myself, so I don't know yet how it ends.. But she should definetly read Pushing the limits!!! Bye!
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[It's beautifully intricate and no Ava lives happily, however, the content may not be the best for said student due to lots of people dying and how graphic scenes can get. It depends on how old the student is on whether she should read it or not. (hide spoiler)]
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[This might be a little late, but I'm not sure this is the right book. I didn't see the end as Ava's death, and I think it was supposed to be hopeful (that's how I saw it). BUT there is a lot of death in this book, including teens and children. If you're trying to avoid that, this might not be the right book for you. (hide spoiler)]
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[I would say that it has a fairly open ending, that personally I took to be a happy one. It's very whimsical and engaging, so I think in terms of easy-to-get-in it would be a good pick. I found it surprisingly easy to care about all these characters, even without really realising it. There was a certain amount of empowerment from reading each of the women discovering the things they were good at and coming into their own.However, I maybe wouldn't recommend this book for younger (15/16 and younger) audience just because of a scene towards the end, it was short but was still graphic and made me wince, but that would be down to your judgement and her own reading history I guess. (hide spoiler)]