Never Eighteen
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Never Eighteen

By Megan Bostic

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Format: Paperback, 204 pages
Published In: United States, 17 January 2012
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."

About the Author

Megan Bostic lives in Tacoma, Washington. This is her first book for teens.

Reviews

"Bostic writes this graceful, affecting tale without pretension...Perhaps it's because of that simplicity that the story concludes with such a powerful emotional punch." --Kirkus "It is easy to connect with Austin because his journey is honorable.....Bostic's narrative is concise, chapters are short, and the story never lags. Her story is sad, but it is real and pulls no punches."--VOYA

Gr 9 Up-Austin Parker knows he will not live to see his 18th birthday. Before leukemia can take him from his family and friends, he plans a long weekend with his best friend, Kaylee. The two embark on a mission to meet with friends and family members, hoping Austin can leave them some advice on how to live. Bostic paints the teen as mature for his age, but he is still a well-drawn and realistic character. However, it's a little difficult to believe that the friends and family members he visits have all suffered in extreme ways. Austin meets with, among many others, an ex-girlfriend who is being physically abused, a girl who has been raped, a friend who is a closeted homosexual, a kid he used to bully, and his dad who has yet to divorce his mom. Reading this list might give the impression that the book is a major downer, but it's actually uplifting. Austin and Kaylee are strong, well-crafted characters who care deeply for one another and those around them. Somehow, even given the plethora of problems faced in this book, it works.-Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9780547550763
ISBN: 0547550766
Publisher: Hmh Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 17.53 x 12.45 x 1.78 centimeters (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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