A Story about Cancer, with a happy ending
I think about everything I'll miss if they tell me I'm going to die . . . my mom, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows I'll never get to see the end of, walking outside when it's really nice, the smell of fall, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpa's lasagna, kissing Victor, Victor's eyes, Victor's voice, Victor's smell, Victor's hands . . . Victor.
A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she's got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point . . . the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It's about life, love, and especially, hope.
A 15-year-old girl living with leukemia for five years visits the doctor to learn how long she has to live. Flashbacks through years of treatments, the death of her friend, Maxine, and falling in love with Victor make for a richly personal story. Paradoxically, readers never learn the name of the main character.
She reflects on the actions and reactions of parents, friends, and acquaintances as she experiences colors, scents, and sounds and relives the emotional journey of cancer. Just as the protagonist is about to give up hope and doesn't think she can wait any longer to talk with her doctor, she learns that she is cured.
As the story closes, and the heroine reveals the news to Victor, she sheds a coat of shadows, and color comes back into the picture.
Borderless paintings integrate with the text to say much more than either media could alone. From pain and sadness to hope and love, dramatic illustrations extend feelings with shadows of blue-gray and red-purple.
VERDICT Through a well-told first person account and captivating illustrations, this personal yet universal story of illness and hope presents the many shades of human emotion, a beautiful gift for anyone facing this health challenge