- File Size: 2822 KB
- Print Length: 82 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Clean Reads (July 6, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 6, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LMD7N1S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,655,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In my experience one of the most difficult years anyone has to navigate in life is fifteen and that is how old this trio happens to be when Sam is diagnosed with cancer. As if there aren't already enough issues to deal with at that age such as school challenges, peer pressure, relationships with the opposite gender and their own developing sexuality, Gabby and Brody are now faced with supporting their lifelong friend to the end.
Written from Gabby's viewpoint in the first person present tense, the immediacy draws you into her mind and heart as she's not only torn apart by the thought of losing Sam but also the distant memory of the car wreck she experienced as a five year old where her father died before her eyes.
The rocky journey of losing a loved one will be endured by everyone at some point in life. Managing highly charged emotions at such a difficult time is shown in this touching story for what it is, which can serve as valuable information for those who have not experienced the loss of someone they loved and even if they have, they may have dealt with their feelings in an entirely different way. This touching story can thus promote understanding and compassion for those undergoing such an experience whose behavior at times may seem erratic, moody or express itself in unusual ways. Thus, the matter of dealing with the attendant emotions constructively as opposed to keeping them bottled up to fester inside in a potentially harmful manner is also touched upon along with the benefits of organizations such as hospice and the services they offer to grieving friends and relatives.
Truly this book is one that everyone can benefit from since the characters are so engaging that the reader can easily experience the impact of such a situation vicariously. It's rather short and can be completed in an afternoon, but I don't recommend it as a "beach read" unless you enjoy crying in public because I suspect tears are inevitable as you get pulled into this story. Yet it's done in such a way that it's not maudlin or overly sentimental, but simply addresses the situation in an entirely believable way. I highly recommend this story to everyone whether as comfort or reminder that you never know when someone you love will be taken from you and that someone you know is probably dealing with such a situation right now.
Their deaths hit the tiny school - there were fewer than 20 in the graduating class - and the community hard.
The reason: Those three seniors had gone out of their way to make me - a new kid and a freshman at that - feel welcome. It wasn't that I was special, it's just the kind of kids they were and that made their loss all the more painful.
That accident happened more than 50 years ago and I thought I had long since put the memory of that tragedy behind me.
Turns out I hadn't because all the emotions related to their deaths came flooding back when I read TC Booth's excellent novel "Beyond Vica" in which she perfectly captures the angst of teens who, all too soon, have to come to grips with not only love but loss.
The story revolves around Sam, Gabby, and Brody; three young people who have been friends since kindergarten. They are not just friends, however: They are closer than most brothers and sisters often are and over the years they have demonstrated that time and again. They are freshmen when the story opens, dreaming of getting their drivers' licenses, sports and dances. Their dreams are interrupted, however, when they learn that Sam's cancer has returned. The story is told by Gabby, whose mood has darkened considerably since the three friends learned of Sam's diagnosis. In prose that is not only sensitive but also wonderfully cadenced, Booth weaves the story together with equal parts of humor, pathos and sarcasm. A gifted writer, she beautifully describes the hurt, fear, anger and hope these three teens experience as they try to stay positive in the face of this very serious, potentially fatal, illness.
Booth's narrative is smoothly written and the characters - including those who are secondary to the story - are very well drawn. The chapters are relatively short but they do not suffer from a lack of depth. Rather, their brevity serves to drive the story forward at a brisk pace.
"Beyond Vica" is not a long book but it is a powerful one and a novel that I cannot recommend highly enough.
Gaby, Brody, and Sam have been best friends since they were five and even as they enter high school their bond remains strong. The three have a secret constellation that tells the tale of their friendship. They call it Vica. As Sam is fighting stage 3 cancer, the constellation means more than ever. Gaby struggles with the knowledge that Sam's life is coming to an end and finds she needs Brody more than ever, but is there more than just a friendship developing? Gaby must accept fate, open her heart to love and learn to let go.
I was absolutely taken by this story. T.C. Booth does an incredible job of taking readers on a meaningful journey of life and death. Eloquently written, Beyond Vica will make you laugh and cry, but most importantly it will touch your heart and open your eyes to what really matters.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Top international reviews
Three best friends, as children, name a star constellation and make up stories about it. As teens, one of these friends has grade 3 cancer, and on top of trying to deal with that, Gabby develops a crush on her other best friend. Add to that the fact that Sam's illness is forcing her to face long-buried memories of a death she faced at age 5, and it feels as though her world is crumbling around her. Now, more than ever, the friendship "written in the stars" is deeply important to her.
This is a story of life, death, love, and grief. It gets a strong five stars from me ... I only wish I could give it ten. As soon as T C Booth publishes another book, I want to read it.