This book is unlike anything I have ever read. Benjamin certainly tells it like it is. He is quite the engaging story teller, and his writing is incredibly real. I find that I have an incredible amount of respect for Benjamin, his story and the way he tells it. He pulls no punches, and never comes across as a victim. There are few people who could face cancer so bravely as adults, and fewer still who can do so as a teenager.
I say frequently that my favorite books are those which tell the stories of real people. I think that is why this book touched me so deeply. Benjamin never wanted to become the sick kid, never wanted cancer to define his life. I think he serves as an inspiration to teenagers facing a variety of illnesses and adversities. While the book is pretty graphic, and the language is a little rough at times, I still find this book quite appropriate to a young adult audience, as well as adult readers. Personally, I think Benjamin can serve as an inspiration to us all, regarding whatever it is with which we struggle.
I received a review copy courtesy of the author.
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