by Julie Halpern

Reviewer Rating:


I am fond of a clever title, which is why I ordered this book. Though many parents might object to their teens reading it because of said title, it is actually a thoughtful meditation on growing up, facing death, illness, and fear of intimacy. It mines some of the same territory as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, taking on tragic events with both a sense of gravity and a sense of humor. I laughed out loud numerous times. Main character Alex is an oddball, but ultimately a lovable one who accepts her own foibles and dares to be different. It is also so thoroughly refreshing to read a Young Adult offering with no mean girls, bullying jocks, or sexual abuse that I would add that as another virtue. Recommended for older teens or adults, as there is some salty language and sexual content.

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