- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1181 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Author Niquel (15 Jan. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01AAXMJWI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What took me by surprise at first was the way the story started. Told at first through diary entries of main character Mickey as at a very young age she’s diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and begins chemotherapy in order to treat it was definitely something I didn’t expect when I started.
I was also surprised with just how young the characters were. I went into this figuring it would be young adult, but other than the occasional book that I read over from my younger days, this is definitely the youngest I’ve read lately. The majority of this tale being told from the age of 12/13.
Once I was swept up into the relationship that begins with Mickey and Johnny, I was taken in by the level of maturity Johnny seemed to display. I can safely say being the mom of boys and coming into contact with a lot of their friends, there aren’t many boys at that age that would be as supportive as Johnny was. Care as much as he did. I came away with not only a great deal of love for that character but also respect. So kudos to the author for that.
This story was equal parts adorable, sweet and sad, but definitely one that I’m glad I took the chance on. Making me feel more than I thought I would as it all unfolded and even a time or two bringing a tear to my eye.
The only thing keeping this from being a full 5* was the way it ended. With the amount of time that was spent on them when they were young, how their friendship came about and blossomed and then as it became something more, I guess I was expecting just a little bit more in terms of the way it all wrapped up. It did seem to be a little rushed. But this wasn’t enough to take away from the overall feel of the story too much for me.
I’m a sucker for friends to lovers’ romances and even more so of the ones that don’t exactly come easy, so this one, it was right up my alley. If you enjoy those types like me, I think you’ll enjoy this. If you’re a fan of romance in general, whether young adult or otherwise, I think you’ll get something out of this if you give it the chance.
“Have you ever wished you could have something so bad, even though you knew it was forbidden?
Jonathan Gates was just that—forbidden. He was everything I could ever want in a man: charming, a great listener, open-minded, and funny. It also didn't hurt that he was easy on the eyes.
We'd been through a lot together: breakups, makeups, firsts, lasts, and anything else you can imagine. I was once told he was my soul mate, but I refused to believe that.
I didn't want to love him. I didn't want to fall for him because...he was my best friend!
But I did, and I fell for him hard. I was in love with my best friend, and it was time he knew how I really felt.”
*** I used to read a lot more YA books and this reminds me a little bit of The Fault in our Stars as this is about the struggles two young people go through together as Mickey fight the cancer battle. The two characters in this book is much younger - early teens. I think the youngest couple I ever read. The dialogues are funny and child like (which I am not used to ) sometimes I have to remind myself that these are just kids… So for the YA audiences the writing is spot on cute, funny, sweet and heart-felt. The chapters are shorter which I think is also geared toward YA readers.
“It’s a friendship bracelet. I’m not into beads and all that flashy stuff, but I figured I could make a green one for me and a purple one for you, to represent our friendship.”
This book is a dual POV alternating Mickey and Johnny. The story starts out with Mickey finding out that she has a lump which turned out to be cancer. So the battle begins for Mickey with doctors visits, and chemo, and the side effects. When Mickey returned to school, she met the new kid in Johnny and she immediately was drawn to him. She befriended Johnny and the two became instant friends.
“Your heart’s match is always with the one you least expect. Your heart knows how to lead you down the right path to love.”
I really like Johnny character. He is super sweet and caring. The things that he does for Mickey melts your heart. Mickey is also sweet, strong and a good friend – or they tried to be friends ;). The two went on their way after junior high and the last third of the book picked up couple years later when they met again in high school. Then, I feel like a lot happened until the end of the book covering several years span, new characters, and several new events. Overall, this was a fast easy read. The story is cute - young crush turns into forever lasting love. I would say the target audience is teenagers. First half of the book or so was about pre-teens 12 years old age group, then the last part has a little PG making love talk . It does have a HEA ending.
We meet Michelle (Mickey) and Jonathan (Johnny) when they are twelve. We get both their POVs and we get to read Mickey's journal too. I really like the journal parts. When Mickey meets Johnny she is going through some tough things. Johnny is there for her when she needs him. They form this amazing friendship. As they get older things start to change with them. They go through ups and downs with their relationship. There were parts where they were apart. I so wanted them to be together. The first time they were apart, I was really upset and wanted to stop reading. I was routing for them to be together.
I loved that we get to see Johnny grow into John and Mickey grow into Michelle. It's a great sweet emotional read.
A copy was received for a review.
This is told from different POV and that doesn't always work but I felt for this story it did. With all that happens if was nice to read how they both felt about the events. The author did a great job telling the story in such a way you can't help but feel what they're going through. The story had me laughing and at times crying but I totally enjoyed it. I totally recommend this! I received this in exchange for a honest review.
But what happens when friendship turns to much more? Do you let it go, or tell them. This is what Mickey has to decide.
It was a very touching story. I have to say it's been a while since I read something this heartfelt. I recommend it to everyone and hope that you enjoy it just as much as I did.