The story begins with Alex in hospital, drifting in and out of consciousness following a serious accident. In alternating narratives, we learn what happened to Alex. Sharing his room is another young patient. Throughout the story she is unconcious, but as Alex reads her journals he finds out that she is dying of cancer. He also finds a way to make sense of his own life, to value himself and reaches a place of strength from which to challenge the views of his family.
Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.
Jill and her mum are trying to recover from the sudden death of Jill’s dad. Then Mandy enters their lives. She is heavily pregnant, and Robin (Jill’s mum) wants to adopt Mandy’s baby, as she has a gaping hole in her heart to fill. Mandy has her own grief to carry along with an unborn baby - a mother who has never shown her affection. Amongst all this emotional anguish, the characters appear so real and wonderful.
Megan and Jackson first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson's extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson's future.
This is an amazing book! It shines a light on the relationships between seven gay young guys, but at the same time it illuminates all our personal relationships, and it will definitely have you thinking about your own life, loves and prejudices, and our changing attitudes to homosexuality.
"Everybody Sees the Ants originated from an idea that we are all prisoners. An idea that bullying is a widely ignored form of torture. An idea that only we can choose to escape from our own prisons. An idea that no one can take something from us if we don’t give it.” Sounds heavy? But it’s not, with its recognisable and lovable central character, Lucky, and his wry way of viewing his world.
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Quinn becomes an outcast in her small military town when she chooses to keep a secret for her Marine boyfriend who is missing in action in Afghanistan. It has all those appeal factors that I love: gritty realism, complex characters that have flaws as well as redeeming traits, a central character that I believed in and shared her pain and triumps.
Told in alternating perspectives, Zac and Mia tracks the relationship of two ordinary teenagers in exceptional circumstances. They're both in remission, but cancer has changed everything, and normal isn't normal anymore. This is a funny and tender novel about hope, love, and courage.
Two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name. Their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
Alex Woods has had an unconventional start in life. With a clairvoyant single mother he has been bullied. When he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he makes an unlikely friend. Someone who tells him that you only get one shot at life. So when, aged 17, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes on the passenger seat, and an entire nation in uproar, he’s fairly sure he’s done the right thing…
Anthem for Jackson Dawes: Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer. Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson!
Something has changed within me...something is not the same. I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game...too late for second gussing...*too late to go back to sleep* ~ "Defying Gravity" - Wicked