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A Bucket Full Of Awesome Paperback – September 6, 2015
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About the Author
At the age of eleven, I started my wondrous journey of reading. Ever since then (been 5.5 years now) I haven't lost my interest one bit. I still read. And I love every single bit of it. As for writing, that's a difficult question. I started writing at the age of fourteen. And now, at the age of 16, I published my manuscript as an indie author. I'm still in High School, so I can not say much about my achievements. If anything, writing a book might just be one college-application worthy achievement I have. A new release is on the way. Could be Fall 2015, or January 2016, I can't say. It is still a work in progress, and there's a long way to go before it comes out in a publishing form. For more stuff about me or my works, please head to my website: http://zainabtkhan.weebly.com/ If you're in a mood to chat, drop me a note on my website. Or twitter. Or goodreads. For my readers, everything is an open invitation.
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The reviews for this book are all over the place, literally all up and down from 1 to 5 stars. From people who couldn't even finish reading the book to those who couldn't say enough about it and wanted more of it. So I really wasn't sure what to expect from it. Plus, it's a YA book written by a young woman whose first language is not English. Hmmm.
Well, I gave it 4 stars. Yes, it does need an editor and it probably is due to the fact that the author's first language is not English. Other than that, I really found nothing much wrong with this book.
One person said she couldn't like this book because she couldn't like Summer. She was rude and not even nice to those close to her. Summer is a young woman who has just been told she has lung cancer. So, what did you do on your summer vacation? Well, I fought lung cancer. Yeah. She's a bit rough around the edges and speaks sort of tough. She's given up swearing for the duration of her cancer. And yes, she does come off as rude. But she's unsure and defensive and it's all a front because she's so scared.
I loved Blake, Summer's best friend and getting better. He really is a knight in shiny armor. He's so supportive of her throughout the whole ordeal. And I loved the idea of the bucket list as the supporting structure for all the fun and hijinks. It leads to some really wonderful surprises and friendships.
I can't recommend this highly enough to anyone who needs a good cry. Yes, you will cry.
First of all, like my best friend said to me: ''Not all books are perfect and you have to stop getting so hyped and write a review where you point out the negative parts and what you didn't like''. And yes, it is very true what she said but (there is always a but), I actually don't have anything that I didn't like about this, except that it could be bigger because I loved it.
So... *composes herself into a professional person* The book is written in the first person and in the point of view of Summer Wallace, though almost at the end it changes into Blake Knight's POV and then again into Summer's POV.
Summer's almost 20 years old and getting to read her thoughts at that right moment, her actions, you get into her skin like if you were her. The writing was surprisingly simple in a way but also complex (in a positive way). Since it was Summer's mind that we were reading, the way she speaks/thinks is actually like a teenage girl from nowadays, for example when she says: ''make-out session with the concrete floor.''; ''Awesome. Please note the sarcasm.'' or ''Seriously, dude?'', these expressions that sound like something a girl of her age would say made me get even more attached to Summer and the story because even I speak like that so it made feel like I could relate to her.
The fact that right in the beginning she denied receiving treatment and why she did it sounded quite realistic. She feared death but feared more if she died while missing all the things in her life that she loved to do like playing basketball for indeterminate hours with Blake. I think that her strong personality made all the story even more interesting because she tried to show her strong side even though that in the inside she was actually scared and didn't want to make anyone suffer because of a stupid disease (Summer's words).
Blake is a very important character here since besides being Summer's best friend, he's her pillar, the one who's beside her all the time and through all her life and obstacles that somehow she tries to avoid them like if they don't exist but Blake knows it, he knows how she feels even if she doesn't say a word about it.
If it wasn't for him, Summer wouldn't be doing the treatment and would probably die and then not truly enjoy her life.
There's a lot more that I can say about these two characters and the others like Luke, Lucinda or even Cameron. They all supported Summer and tried to make her see that with just a little effort everything would be okay and in the end she would be healthy and beside the ones she loves and cares for.
For me it was obvious that Summer and Blake had feelings for each other but because they were best friends since always they didn't even think about that, but with time Summer started to get more scared about her condition and if she would survive and the talk she had with Cameron about why was she avoiding Blake made her see that avoiding him, so he didn't get hurt if she died, was actually hurting him more. Cameron opened her eyes to reality and so did Blake with a letter she wrote to him where she exposed her true feelings.
I think that the whole story was well structered and it's timeline was consistent. We got to see several stages of Summer's illness and all the learning she did while doing the things she had in her ''bucket full of awesome'' (bucket list).
I did actually cried a couple of times and laughed a gazillion of times. If you read this book (I hope you do), count on a gazillion of funny moments.
The last thing that I want to point out is the inspirational side of the book.
You see Summer struggling with her disease but also you get to see what she learns with it and with all the adventures she has while trying to finish her bucket list.
To finish, here are some parts that I thought were inspirational and beautiful:
''You are no princess. You are a warrior. You don't own a tiara or create peace and harmony. You wear spiky shoes and create caos. You, my darling friend, are a firecracker. A bomb which can explode anytime. You don't go for dresses, but jean shorts, leather belts, and spiky boots. Princesses are just too main stream whereas you, darling, are the only one of your kind. One and only.'' - Blake
''It's a given that we'll face difficulties and breaking points in our lives but with them we'll also have lots of positive moments. We only have to recognise them and let them be. We shouldn't burden those few positive moments with the negatives in our lives or we're going to just ruin them. Life is full of drama, competition, difficulties, and God knows what else. But that shouldn't rule out the love, happiness and joy we feel by being around the things we love and the people who love us. That's how life is. It's supposed to be bitter, but you have to sweeten it.'' - Summer
Glad to write,
I read it in one day and enjoyed the journey.
The book is in the same time fun and light and will bring you to tears.
It's a story of friendship and love, of never giving up and living your life without regrets.
I received a book from the author, this is my honest review, given freely and without any compensation.