I have a new book for that list :)
Last night I finished THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY and fell absolutely in love.
Andrew Brawley was supposed to die that night. His parents did, and so did his sister, but he survived.
Now he lives in the hospital. He serves food in the cafeteria, he hangs out with the nurses, and he sleeps in a forgotten supply closet. Drew blends in to near invisibility, hiding from his past, his guilt, and those who are trying to find him.
Then one night Rusty is wheeled into the ER, burned on half his body by hateful classmates. His agony calls out to Drew like a beacon, pulling them both together through all their pain and grief. In Rusty, Drew sees hope, happiness, and a future for both of them. A future outside the hospital, and away from their pasts.
But Drew knows that life is never that simple. Death roams the hospital, searching for Drew, and now Rusty. Drew lost his family, but he refuses to lose Rusty, too, so he’s determined to make things right. He’s determined to bargain, and to settle his debts once and for all.
But Death is not easily placated, and Drew’s life will have to get worse before there is any chance for things to get better.
The man can write. Damn, he can write. I can't tell you how many lines and passages I have highlighted on my Kindle. The language is beautiful (which I am a huge fan of. I have my "word heroes" and Shaun Hutchinson is now one of them), the premise is unique. The book is really like nothing I've ever read before.
The whole cast of characters came alive for me. Trevor stole my heart. I wish Lexi could be my best friend. I ached for Rusty...and I really ached for Andrew as well. This book had some pretty painful parts--loss, hurt, death, fear, guilt. But it also made me fall in love. It gave me hope and showed me some really beautiful parts of life and the world too.
Really, that's life if you think about it. It's full of both ugly and beautiful. Happiness and sadness. THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY displayed that perfectly.
I admit I was a little unsure of a book with a graphic novel inside. I've never read one but I loved it. Patient F's story added another layer to an already great book.
THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY was added to my list for a few reasons--the beautiful language, the emotions, the characters, and the uniqueness of the story.
I loved it so much that I'm giving away an ebook copy! You must be able to accept ebooks gifted from Barnes and Noble or Amazon to win. In the comments tell me the name of the last special book you read, the last book you'll never forget. Leave your email address in the comment as well. I'll draw a winner Sunday, February 22nd.
And because I'm obsessed with quotes, I have a share a few of my favorites with you!
"I remember this one thought. I remember thinking that as bad as being on fire hurt, at least I didn't hurt inside anymore."
"Love's more than holding hands and going to dances. It's two people who struggle to live, even when they should maybe both be dead. When maybe one of them would be better off dead."
"I realize that adults are just as fucked as the rest of us. No one really grows up. No on unravels all of life's many mysteries. They just grow older and become better liars."
"I sit silently beside Rusy's bed, thinking of something to say that won't sound cliche. By now, I'm sure he's heard everything: how he'll be all right, and that everything happens for a reason. Those sorts of sentiments are bullshit. Even the people who say them don't believe them. Not really. They want to believe, but there are too many villains in the world and not enough heroes for anyone to truly buy into the scam that is hope."
"They've spent so long being sick, they don't know how to be in love."
"It begins when he's still a man in a suit, doing the kinds of boring things that men in suits do. The things that no one writes about because they know that boys don't really have nightmares about clowns or three-eyed tentacled beasts that rise from deep within volcanoes. When boys wake up screaming in the night, it's because they know that, one day, they'll have to grow into men who wear suits and spend their days doing boring things that cause them to rot from within, so their skin withers and blackens and cracks, leaking out their juices until they finally lie decaying and putrid, forgotten by a world what deemed them unworthy of remembering."
This book is one of my top three most anticipated reads of the year and it was everything I wanted it to be and more!