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Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
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Apr 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult

This book reminded me of Markus Zusak's I Am the Messenger, except this one's aimed at a younger audience. The trouble is it's even more rough in language and content, so I couldn't recommend it to the 12+ readership it claims. For younger adults it offers the perspective of a seventeen year old who knows he is dying of cancer and wants to use the time he has left to mend his own past and help others mend theirs. But their lives are complicated, and descriptions sometimes get quite graphic - I preferred to skip some paragraphs. For readers accustomed to rough talk, it's a book that could really make them think, and perhaps open them up to other inspiring reads. For those who already seek more edifying fare it might be best to keep searching.
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