But before he goes, Austin wants to mend the broken fences in his life. So with the help of his best friend, Kaylee, Austin visits every person in his life who touched him in a special way. He journeys to places he’s loved and those he’s never seen. And what starts as a way to say goodbye turns into a personal journey that brings love, acceptance, and meaning to Austin’s life.
Oh boy. You’d better have a tissue or two ready when reading Never Eighteen. Austin knows that his time is short, so he decides to dedicate a few days to reaching out to people and mending a few hearts before he dies. He recruits Kaylee, his best friend, and the girl he’s loved all his life, to help him. In the process, he heals his own heart and accepts his future.
I expected Never Eighteen to be a tear jerker, but I had no idea that I would fall in love with Austin and Kaylee. I didn’t expect to be so upset, feeling like I was the one who had lost a friend. It was amazing.
This is a quick read. It’s not too long, but it requires some emotional dedication. This is one of those books that will make you think and wish you were a better person. Very well written.
There is some language and sexual content.
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Graphia; None edition (January 17, 2012)
- Source: Publisher via NetGalley