Review: Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Never EighteenNever Eighteen by Megan Bostic

  • ISBN-13: 9780547550763
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Source: Purchased


Austin Parker is on a journey to bring truth, beauty, and meaning to his life.

Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. The doctors say his chances of surviving are slim to none even with treatment, so he’s decided it’s time to let go.

But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.

My Review:

Wow, this was a story that I knew was going to get the tears flowing but I didn’t realize to what degree.  I find that I am having a very difficult time putting together my thoughts on the story, mostly because it was an emotion roller coaster.  The plot is pretty much summed up by the description of the book.  Austin is a teen who will never see this eighteenth birthday and sets out on a journey to fix the things he can that he did wrong in his short life and ensure that he has done what he can for the people he is leaving behind.  Part of this was a little unbelievable for me that there were so many people in his life in such bad situation or events.  I really felt the worst for Kaylee as she makes this journey with him and I realized that soon she will be all alone.  

The hardest part of the story the last 50 pages.  I cannot remember the last book that made me cry like this.  It just all came together was devastating even though I knew what was going to happen.  Megan Bostic writes with a style that is just honest and straightforward.  None of the emotion or pain was hidden and I felt every bit of it.  This is for sure a strong message book and painful but I am so glad I took the time to read it.  It was a pretty quick one sitting read because I just could not put it down.

My Rating:

5 Penguins!  Well done!

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