- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807583693
- ISBN-13: 978-0807583692
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Romance fans will enjoy the unexpected love that blossoms between 19-year-old, disabled Afghanistan Army veteran, Aiden, and recently heartbroken high school senior Kate who is learning to live with diabetes. Telling their stories in alternating chapters, Aiden and Kate reveal their personal challenges, insecurity, fears, hopes, and attraction. Aiden struggles to live with a missing arm, confront his nightmares of war, and decide on a future. Kate has been dumped by her boyfriend, can't wait to go away to college, and bristles under the scrutiny of protective parents who take her diabetes more seriously than she does. Although Aiden opens up to Kate about his anxieties, she keeps her diabetes and virginity secret, choosing instead to convey a carefree demeanor and savor their mutual feelings. When Kate suffers a hypoglycemic episode, Aiden rushes her to the hospital and learns that she has not been honest with him. Kate realizes that trust is an essential part of a caring relationship and that she must begin making more mature decisions. Through realistic dialogue, believable scenarios, and candid reflections, this story offers insight on both the personal trauma of a young, wounded warrior and the multiple challenges of teen diabetes. Despite disparities in age (two years), emotional maturity, and life experience, Kate and Aiden's developing relationship rings true. In addition to their intense physical attraction (including one night of protected sex), they share humor, the support of family and friends, increasing self-awareness and understanding of others, and a climactic break that prompts each of them to thoughtfully address their futures.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC
Kate Walker thinks that her life is over. She just learned she has diabetes and has been dumped by her boyfriend. Aidan Connelly believed he would spend his career in the military, but barely one year in, he lost his best friend and his arm during a bombing, and he has been sent home. Although both feel lost and broken, maybe all they need to start recovering is someone who understands. So begins a unique romance between two young adults who have almost given up hope of living “normal lives.” Perry’s narrative flip-flops between the two voices, which allows for an interesting change of perspective. In realistic fashion, this novel addresses society’s stigmas about disease and disability as these characters struggle to have an identity beyond their health problems. This is a romance that tactfully touches on difficult issues while still offering a sweet love story any teenager could enjoy. Grades 9-12. --Bethany Fort
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Top Customer Reviews
Definitely a unique romance in this book too...they didn't come together like so many couples do in books these days... I felt their chemistry, and could really see their relationship progress from having fun to something more.
All in all, this was some delicious upper YA with a unique and personal perspective on dealing with a "new life".
Aidan and Kate are the perfect couple in their imperfect world. Both are dealing with their own inner battles and are able to face their problems in the end with the help of each other. I especially loved Aidan's character and his inner strength in dealing with both his physical and emotional wounds. The character was written in such a way that I really felt total empathy for him,and at times I wanted to just give him a hug and tell him everything was going to be okay.
I love the way that Kate matured throughout the book and was able to finally face her condition instead avoiding it,thanks in large part to Aidan. Just by knowing a few people who suffer from this condition,I have to say the author did a great job portraying what someone with this illness goes through, especially a young girl who doesn't want be any different from her peers.
So, to wrap it up I really did enjoy this book and I would definitely recommend it. I would have loved if it had an epilogue so we could see a couple years into Kate and Aidan's future, but then again like every really good book I read, I never want to see it end.
I gave the book 5 stars because it was amazing. I never read a book about a character being a diabetic before, so I thought that was very interesting. I liked everything in the book. I would recommend this book to everyone and I have.
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