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Never Eighteen Paperback – January 17, 2012
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"Bostic writes this graceful, affecting tale without pretension...Perhaps it's because of that simplicity that the story concludes with such a powerful emotional punch." --Kirkus
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Austin has leukemia. He has been through chemo and all the treatments, but he knows they haven't worked. His mother wants him to continue, but he is finished with treatments. If the cancer is going to take him, he is going to do what he has always wanted to do. He is going to try and fix everyone in his life he knows is broken. Whether or not he knows why his friends or family are broken, Austin believes his unique position and shocking honesty might just save the people he loves.
Austin also needs to do some things for his own piece of mind before he goes. He has never skinny-dipped or ridden the scariest ride at the fair. Most importantly, he has never told his best friend Kaylee that he is in love with her. As Austin works through his list of things to do, he learns more about himself than he does the people he visits. Not all of it is good, but it gives him the peace he needs to finally say goodbye.
As I first started reading this book, I will admit I thought it was a bit too far fetched. As this boy started visiting everyone, I thought to myself, "Good grief! Is this boy a bad luck charm or something? Why is everyone around him in such dire straights?!" Then I just accepted that it was fiction and the horrible lives of his friends and family were necessary for dramatic effect. When the book finally ended, and I am sure there needs no spoiler alert to how it ends with such a premise and title, I was sobbing. Not just crying, but big, heaving, hiccuping sobs.Read more ›
Austin Parker is tired of fighting a losing battle with leukemia and knows he only has a few weeks at most. With his beautiful young friend, Kaylee David, the girl he has loved all his life, he sets out to visit people he'd like to see happier and places where he's been the most happy.
I thought the author shows a wonderful understanding of teenagers and of the way, they speak and interact with one another. She also shows great insight and compassion regarding the feelings one experiences facing cancer and chemotherapy.
The first person narrative flows smoothly and is beautifully written. The character of Austin, in particular is exceptionally well drawn. The author shows her love for the Pacific Northwest and its many scenic spots. I was particularly enthralled with the young people's trip up Mt. Rainier, which is one of the world's true beauty spots.
I do have one little quibble with the publisher, however. They suggest the book is for kids from 12 and up. I spoke to some of my friends who have teenage kids in school and asked their thoughts on the matter. For senior kids in grade 9 and up, they tell me they are going to be surrounded by strong language, and there's nothing a parent who doesn't like this can do about it.
For twelve and thirteen-year-olds, they feel they still have some control. So because there is quite a lot of swearing, as well as a sex scene and much discussion on death, I would suggest the book is more for a young adult from 14 and up. In my opinion, anyone under that age would require some parental guidance.
But for the older teen, it is definitely an engaging read.
As I began the journey, reading about Austin and wondering just what it is he had planned, not only was I eager to know what happens next, but saddened because I was a little closer to the end. Megan holds your interest by letting you know that Austin has something seriously wrong with him, as he reaches out to others in need around him. He wants to help others realize that they have the chance to make things change. They have a life to make a difference and that it should not be wasted.
Austin has his best friend Kaylee take him to visit all the people he wants to reach out to and do all those last minute things he never got a chance to. He only wants them to make something of their lives because he doesn't have that chance. He's only seventeen and this will be the end for him. He sees them struggling and reaches out. It is up to them if they will change, as Austin only comes to approach each individual and help them recognize what their issue is and how they can better themselves to lead a much happier life. It isn't a thing to waste and it saddens Austin to see his friends struggle with their lives.
It's Kaylee that makes a difference in Austin's life.Read more ›
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This book was written so simply, yet so powerfully . The story never got boring and quite honestly, it tops any book I ever read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by MannyO
Very well-written. The story of a young man's journey at the end of life and young love. I loved every bit of this book!Published 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
I just love this book. It hasn't shown up yet but honestly, as long as it gets here in one piece, I don't care how long it takes. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kelly Harris
This book I read in about three hours I could not put it down. It had so much character and heart. It is a defenitely must read. Make sure you're prepared to read it all at once!Published on May 16, 2014 by Chariti
Austin is dying and has Cancer. He has decided that he doesn't want to go through anymore Chemo and that he hasn't got much time left, so in the tradition of the book... Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Paula L. Phillips
Such a sticky book. It sticks with you and makes you think about things in a different light. It changes you for the better and makes you want to change what you do in your life to... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Danni
Never Eighteen tells the story of Austin Parker, a high school student with a terminal illness, who seeks to fulfill his bucket list over a balmy September weekend in the Pacific... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Christine Beth Reish
I loved this book and cried my eyes out at the end. Megan is a friend of mine and tells this story just as if you were sitting in her livingroom having a conversation. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Shanna Plotner
I bought this at Barnes and Noble for their But 1 get 1 Free Nook Weekends without really knowing what it was about. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Aallman