Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
Published by HMH Children's Books on January 17th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic, Romance
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Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life. Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go. But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.
This book was so bittersweet. From the title (and the synopsis) it is apparent that Austin will not be turning 18. And, despite the fact that I knew this book would make me tear up, be sad, and/or cry, I still read it. And, boy, am I glad I did. I read this book for the intention of spotlighting it in my Road Trip Challenge. Now, many will ask, why? Even though it’s not a cross country roadtrip, however, Austin and Kaylee do a lot of driving around the state of Washington and Austin let’s us in to the fun as well.
This book is told from a male perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as told by Austin. I thought it was a very different thing to come across. I’m used to listening to a girl’s perspective but it was very nice reading a guy’s perspective from a woman writer.
I do feel that it could have been a bit sadder at the end. In fact, I was expecting a bit more from the ending. For some reason I didn’t cry. Don’t get me wrong, I totally teared up, but I was expecting a full out sob like I did with My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.
Despite the fact that I didn’t cry as much as expected and that it is a very bittersweet story. I still enjoyed reading every word. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for other books by Megan Bostic.
[This post was originally posted on my old book blog Little Red Reads (no longer active)]