by Megan Bostic
Publication Date: January 17th, 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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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. (Goodreads)
The characters are wonderful. I really felt a connection with them, especially the main character, Austin. He knew his time left in the world was short, and he wanted to help the people he cared for with the problems in their lives, and to tie up a few of his own loose ends, before his time was up. We follow him on journey over a two day period, with the help of his best friend, Haylee, to help these people with the problems in their lives. I felt his love, his sadness, and sometimes his frustration. He had a wonderful support system, and you could definitely feel the love. I thought that was really great.
The book is a very quick read, and the plot deals with something we can all relate to; loss. The writing was just beautiful, and heartbreaking. I was crying into my sleeve all through the end of the book. If a book can make me cry, that definitely says something. I love books that can get to me emotionally. The book definitely made me think, ‘What If?’.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this, and recommend to anyone that loves to have a good cry over a great book. I’m really looking forward to reading more of Mrs. Bostic’s books in the future! Happy Reading!