Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.
* Was offered a digital copy* from the Author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* *I did buy the book myself
When I first read the synopsis, I was super excited. I’ve been loving books that feature any type of diseases or disorders. I just find them extremely interesting, informative and important. And this book was definitely incredible showing how Alzheimer can diminish a family’s life in general.
Dementia is something that changes from person to person, but it’s regardless of it an awful disease for everyone involved. It’s unfortunately very common and sadly there’s no cure. I’ve only had one person with Alzheimer in my family before, and it was just not a nice situation, and I can’t imagine if I had to take care of him alone… But that’s not all this book touches. It also includes loss of loved ones and cancer. I guess you can tell already that this book is gonna hit hard, right?!
This was one of the most emotional books I’ve read. It took me quite some time to read it to be honest, because I couldn’t stop crying. It’s an incredibly emotional book, full of friendship, family, love and a lot of sadness. But it does have its happy moments!
I loved Gabe’s friendship with John and Sofia and all the teenagery stuff in it. It made it lighter, which was most definitely needed. It’s definitely a friendship worth reading about! There’s some really tough love in here and for sure some friendship goals.
The books writing was not the easiest for me at first, but it grew on me. The story is accompanied by Gabe’s English essays, where we get to know more about him and his past and I think they added quite a lot to the story. Plus there’s an incredible life-changing plot that I really don’t want to mention here, but it’s definitely worth it!
There were however, some parts I wasn’t the biggest fan of. This book plays a lot with humor and sometimes it hits right. Other times it was a total miss for me… I could see that the idea was to make it a bit lighter, which I appreciate, but I think some parts weren’t needed and made me uncomfortable. I love the humor and how much uplifting it was. Gabe is an amazing kid that always tries his best and tries to find the good side of things, which I admire to no end.
I also understand that Gabe was in a situation that no one would like to be in. I thankfully have never been in that situation, but I could see and imagine how difficult it would be. To see someone you love somewhat “disappear”? To be completely alone out of nowhere? Words can’t describe the feeling, although heartbreaking is probably pretty close. It made me cry my eyes out over and over again.
Gabe, although not prepared, did his best and definitely succeeded in trying to care for his grandfather. He felt obliged to it. Which I do understand, but I still wasn’t a fan of some of the moments in the end. I understand that at the beginning he was frustrated – he did have to do a lot more than a teen should at that age -, but at the end, it just felt wrong the way things were said (not done). It might be just me, but that’s what I felt like.
Overall this was a really great book, full of important messages and awareness. It’s an incredibly emotional and realistic story about growing up in some tough situations. It totally stole my heart and I would recommend it.
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