Thoughts: Looking at the cover it’s pretty easy to make the assumption that this book tackles a very hard subject and it did. However, this book is more then 700 pages and I wish I had read it slower because I’m disappointed that it’s over.
Goodreads Summary: Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.
This story is mostly written in a duel narrative, and I say mostly because sometimes we get a page or two from other side characters. Jem and Willa take the bulk of the story though. You would think that this being a story about cancer that it would be really depressing, but I have to say that I have never laughed so hard while reading a book before. I’m not kidding. The dialogue between the two main characters takes the cake for some of the best I’ve seen in any book. Abria Mattina no doubt put me on a roller coaster of emotions. She created some of the most complex main characters and great supporting characters that help drive the story and only make it better. I am still dumbfounded by how well Mattina weaved in everything. There’s a lot going on.
Possibly one of the best things about this novel is the fact that it was realistic and that the reader could easily find something to relate too. Of course, not the exact same situation but this book doesn’t shy away from common issues and flaws. I also enjoyed the way the author incorporated music into the book. I think that music has the power to heal and to have that in the story was amazing. Oh and I also loved the Harry Potter references. Thanks for that!
For anybody that is thinking of reading this book, be aware of the subject matter. This isn’t a book that younger readers should pick up.- Wake was dark, but it was beautifully written with just the right amount of humor to get you through. It was a great read and I’m surprised that less people know about it. Hopefully this review changes that. If you can even call it a review.
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