Never Eighteen

Never Eighteen

Book - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Austin, aware that life is short, asks his best friend and secret love, Kaylee, to take him to visit people and places in and around Tacoma, Washington, so that he can try to make a difference in the time he has left.
Publisher: Boston : Graphia, 2012.
ISBN: 9780329885656
9780547550763
0547550766
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 18 cm.
Alternative Title: Never 18

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black_cheetah_846 Jul 11, 2015

Is an emotional story and can make any young girl cry from the emotion shown in book, particular at the very end of the story. I say this book is somewhat better than The Fault In Our Stars.

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Sarahjka
Nov 17, 2014

Never Eighteen is a quick read. It's just over 200 pages, and it only took me 3 hours straight to finish it. It's a sad novel, meant to tug on your emotions. It will make you fall deeply in love and then rip it out from underneath you. It's a common story, and versions of it have been heard a million times, but it was sweet, sad, and romantic nevertheless. This book is about Austin, a 17 year old boy that won’t make it to his 18’s birthday. He wakes up some day and decides to do something meaningful with the time he has left, so with the help of his best friend and secret crush, Kylee, he's off on a mission to help the people he's known all his life, whose problems were always obvious to him but he never did anything about it. But the time has come for him to face the fact that if he loves this people, he needs to do something to make them enjoy their lives before it’s too late. After all, that's something he no longer has, life time.
The journey was interesting, definitely interesting. ALL the people in Austin’s life were FULL of problems; they were literally sunk in an ocean of darkness that sometimes it was difficult to believe. It goes from a girl that was raped and turned into an anorexic drug addict to a gay friend still in the closet, to a lonely working mom that lost her child (that was one of Austin’s best friend) a few years before, and there was also the guy with a drinking problem and the separated parents that didn't speak to each other anymore, and etc.. So yeah I might have found myself rolling my eyes at the pages a few times.

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hollyheartsYA
Jul 09, 2012

This was a very powerful novel and absolutely brilliant. I felt as if the author really worked on the craft of the writing as well. Every sentence is wittled down to the raw emotions that make this story so full of heart. As I followed Austin on his journey I laughed out loud and cried (more than a little). All sorts of teens and adults are portrayed in very real ways. Many issues are being dealt with: grief, alcoholism, eating disorders, drugs, sexuality, cancer, first love. Austin's voice carrys us through all of these as he visits friends, ex-friends, family, acquaintances, even the kid HE used to bully in elementary school. What Austin is trying to do is help each of these people realize that they have a life to live even if they don't want to. He wants them to live, really live, because he knows that he's not going to get to live. Although his help is not always wanted and sometimes given a bit selfishly on Austin's side, he does get through to some and it is this hope that we as readers take away from this novel. This is another book, along with 13 Reasons Why and The Fault in Our Stars, that I think everyone would benefit from reading. It is just that awesome of a book and I look forward to Megan Bostic's next book!

Also, did I mention that it's set in the Tacoma/Seattle, WA area? I love books set where I live!!

x_bloodline Apr 27, 2012

This book was really good. I've been talking about it for three days.

feedtheflameforfacts Mar 10, 2012

An excellent quick read. I'm not a huge fan of teen novels, but this is an exceptional book for it's topic, characters and shortness.

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black_cheetah_846 Jul 11, 2015

black_cheetah_846 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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