Author: Abria Mattina
Publisher: Primrose Publications
Source: FMB Book Tour
Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.
Willa Kirk is returning back home to Smith Falls after leaving for St. John's and she winds up in class next to Cancer Boy Jem Harper. Willa came home to Smith Falls after helping her family deal with her sister's illness. Willa having her own dark secrets having to do with her sister, thought she was making a clean break when she is connecting to Jem Harper who's in remission and still fighting through a transplant from his sister.
This was a raw look at what it can look like from a teen's point of view. We see the anger and sacredness of Jem Harper has he deals with the crappy hand he received getting diagnosed and treated for Cancer. He's very self conscious and hates what the Cancer has done to him. The reader learns alot about what Jem was like pre-cancer. We also see the strong bond he has with his young sister. Jem seems to have trouble connecting with his brother and father. His father is a typical father who wishes he could wave a wand and make it better especially considering he works in the medical field. His mother is a architect and insomniac and spends some nights up talking to Jem about different things, during this he learns alot about his mother and the life she had prior to Smith Falls.
We learn that Willa has used boys to get what she wants. She left Smith Falls with a last chance situation with her brother. Her parents are at a loss of what to do with Willa. A very much wild child, now it's up to Jem and her brother to try to control the wild girl inside Willa. With Jem you get to see past the Cancer and the boy inside and what he wants in life, and how he regains his life from his illness. This wasn't like your typical illness story, reading it felt more raw and emotional. This was a great book from Full Moon Bites for a honest and fair review.a Rafflecopter giveaway