|The Truth About Fragile Things|
Summary (via Goodreads): Bryon died fifty years before his time. Charlotte grew up angry. I grew up scared. And Phillip- well, he never grew up. And now we are all bound together in one painful heap of humanity. Broken, but bound. And maybe it is only the fact that we are tangled in this terrible knot that will hold us together until we heal. This is unfortunately, and miraculously, my story.
17-year-old Megan Riddick is alive only because a stranger died to save her when she was a toddler. Fifteen years later she finds herself in the same high school as that heroic man's daughter.
Charolette Exby never knew her father because he chose to save a child he didn't know instead of raise the one he loved.
Plagued with guilt and resentment, Megan and Charlotte make an uneasy truce as they join forces to complete the bucket list of the man who made both of their lives possible.
Review( 3.5/5 stars): This is a thoughtful book about life and death told from a teenager's perspective, which I think also makes it an important book.
The few YA books I've read are usually about magical or dystopian worlds that don't really exist. This book is very much set in reality. And although most young people would not have the same experience that Megan did, I think they deal with guilt about so many things, in much the same way. They blame and punish themselves for things that they had absolutely no control over, and the impacts can change their lives forever.
Luckily the lead character of this book has the unique opportunity, and possibly the most understanding parents on the planet, to help her come to grips with her emotions and allow her to begin living the life that she was truly meant to.
I love that although Meagan is popular, she doesn't even know it. This book will hopefully let other young people see that everyone is struggling with something, no matter how pretty or smart or popular they are, or seem to be.
Usually I complain about how annoying young characters are in YA books, but I liked everyone in this story. I think much of their dialogue was slightly more mature than how you would hear most teens talk but I that can be overlooked.
This is definitely a book for all readers, especially young people who are having a hard time seeing that the future may seem bleak now, but there is always hope, and good friends will help you get there.
Do you have a bucket list? I found lots of ideas online for helping people make their own lists. From seasonal, to wedding guest books, to specific hobby interests.
I thought this Summer Bucket List for kids from PepperScraps was a fun idea:
It's more of a 'to do' list to keep the kids busy rather than a bucket list, but it's a cute idea. You can get your own free printable HERE.
What's the one thing on your bucket list that you think you'll achieve this year? Mine is to sing in front of a crowd! Eeeee! It's scary but the stars are aligning and I think I'm ready...almost! What about you? Leave a comment below~