Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic Book Review
I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.
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. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.
It’s probably hopeless.
But he has to try.
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this book. To say it was great, fantastic or any other word just does do it for this book. For me the word EPIC comes to mind, totally EPIC!
"Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday." This one line had me wanting to read this book. I was gripped by the book cover because of the car but then I read the blurb and the first line said he was not making it to his eighteenth birthday. I just had to read it and I am so glad I did.
The story starts out with Austin having a crazy dream and all he can think about is setting things straight. He has this idea and he is not sure if it will work but he is going to try. The only thing is is that he needs his best friend Kaylee's help. He is not so sure she will do it but he is going to ask her anyways. So he gets up and gets dressed and walks the four streets over to Kaylee's house to see if she will do what he is about to ask her.
When Austin gets there and asks Kaylee for her help she says yes without even knowing what he is about to ask of her. When he explains to her what he is going to do she is a little hesistant but she says are you sure you want to do it and he says yes. That is all she needs so she agrees and they are off to do this adventure. Austin has this feeling that if he goes and sees people he hasn't in a while he can right the wrongs that have been done to them. He feels if he can give them a little piece of happiness then he has done a good deed.
Along this journey what Austin finds is that some people just never really want to face what they have been through. They rather just leave it well enough alone, but with his urging he challenges them to do the impossible. Also along this journey Austin must come to terms that he is in love with someone that he will never be able to make happy because in a short while he will die. But he is so determined to tell this person how he feels and spend the little time he has left with her he finds that she has always felt the same way and she tells him how much she loves him.
They share a few magical nights together and do some amazing things. They become so close he realizes he does not want this to end but he knows it will and can accept it because he speant as much time with her as he could. I laughed and I cried and I screamed at this book. I have never had so many emotions about a story before. I love how megan puts it all together and the ending was EPIC! Yes it may not be what people want but it is reality and that is what counts. Austin got his happily ever after and Kaylee got to see first hand what it was like to love and be open and free with someone.
This is an AMAZING story of love, illness and friendship. Megan has done a wonderful job and I look forward to reading more form her.