Kerry Bevill’s blog went silent a few months back but we stayed in touch. He continues to be a wonderfully giving, supportive friend. For all of us who know and appreciate how giving and generous he was in sharing and reblogging I wanted to share this and give a special shout out to Kerry. Thank you so much. Today a dog will be wagging because of you.
Because the story is that good. Despite those minor nits turning me against the novel at first, this is a plot that refuses to be ignored, bringing tears to my eyes at the very end and pulling me in further with each moment shared by the Ben and Sara. From the moment she steals his phone number to an awkward dinner with her family, to their final moments together, this plot tugged at my strongest emotions. As I read, I stopped caring about the technical imperfections, focusing instead on this doomed love story of two cancer patients clinging to the hope of an experimental treatment. Did it remind me a little of The Fault in Our Stars? I think that might be an insult to this book. There’s a definite maturity here that TFIOS never managed to achieve for me, a realness to the love and pasts of both of these characters.
I would recommend this novel to anyone, especially those who want a realistic tale of star-crossed romance and a couple who manages to find love despite their fates. Ben touched my heart in more ways than I thought he would, and I can assure you I won’t be forgetting his name anytime soon.