Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic.
Publication Date: January 2012
List Price: $7.99
Review: Megan Bostic brings an inspiring novel to the table about a young boy who is running out of time. Running out of time to live. And while he still can, all he wishes to do is help his loved ones live a life he would've wanted for himself, even though he's sure that he won't. In this book, Never 18, through the words of 17 year old Austin Parker, Bostic tries to show the reader how human mortality should be valued, and how you should help others going through rough times.
Seventeen-year-old Austin Parker wakes up one Saturday, eager to start his weekend. But this weekend is far different from any other weekend. Because this weekend, Austin Parker, with the help of his best friend Kaylee (whom he's in love with,) sets out to single handedly fix some wrongs, accomplish some goals, and help those in need, whether they know it or not. Austin helps his friends and family members that are dealing with, terminal illness, rape, divorce, teen death, drug addiction, alcohol, teen sexuality and more. The title of this book, Never 18, reveals a lot, a happy ending isn't guaranteed.
I personally loved this book and read it fast because it was only 200 pages. It was upbeat and interesting, so it was hard to put down. It's touching, inspiring, and heart-warming, but is very predictable. It also has a few curses here and there, some sexual situations and adult-like topics, so I feel it was intended for more mature readers. Many of the topics are topics that people find hard to confront, and the gentle way the author touches upon them I find helpful to many people. But Megan Bostic uses a language and writing style that's easy to follow. I'd recommend it to anyone! Over all I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Review written by Samantha (7th grade student).
We would like to thank Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing a copy of Never Eighteen for this review.
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