Release Date: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Review Source: For review from Sourcebooks
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
"For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy..."
Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?
This was Janet Gurtler's debut novel, but it's my second time reading her work (check out my review of If I Tell). I'm totally in love with the way she writes and the characters she creates. They all seem like real people, which makes the emotional impact even bigger. This isn't a happy book (not by a long shot) but there are still some moments of humour. I really appreciate being able to smile in a book that is far more likely to make you bawl your eyes out.
What’s interesting about this book is that it’s a novel about cancer, but from the perspective of a girl whose sister is the one who’s sick. Because of this we get to see how cancer also effects the family and friends of those who are ill. Our main character, Tess, sacrifices a lot as her family rallies around her sister. She has to give up a lot in her own life, but she knows her sister’s health is more important.
I think it’s hard to talk about this book without spoiling it, which I obviously don’t want to do. I went in without any expectations of what would happen, and it was so perfect to experience it without knowing what was coming. Basically, this book was totally heartwrenching and I fell in love with the characters. Janet Gurtler is such a talented writer, and she has definitely become one of my favourite contemporary authors.
I'm kind of weirded out with the way her foot disappears. But yes, generally I think it's pretty!
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