A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis--or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can't do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. He can't tell if he has a fever and his temperature is rising. Abandoned by his parents, David now lives with his elderly grandmother who is dying. When David's legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.
This book was pretty darned great to read! It was just a little bit simple though. What challenges he faced, they were solved pretty easily, besides his lifelong condition, but everything besides that, yeah, things worked out pretty quickly.
What David has, is very rare. And yeah, it's not an easy thing to have. On one hand, not feeling pain seems good. But it means that if he's injured, that he doesn't know, and he could make the injury worse. And that's not good. Plus, he can over heat because he can't sweat. Yeah.
Watching his struggles, going through his list, that was really great. He was gaining new experiences, and while some things weren't the best for him, they helped him grow. When his grandmother, who'd taken him in, who was slowly dying, actually died, that was hard. And things were never the same.
Really enjoyed how it ended, though I wish we could've had just a little bit more, because it ends on the day that she goes in for her first day of radiation. So we don't know if she'll beat the cancer or if she'll die from it. Ah, well!
This book was just so awesome, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Author: S.A. Harazin
Read: November 28th, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really good, I enjoyed the excerpt in the Buzz Books, and it's a SAC 2016 Book and a Sophomore Challenge Book!
Publisher: AW Teen
Published: March 1st 2015