By: Hayley Lawrence
Genre: YFN - Family & home stories
Published by: Scholastic Australia
Published: 1 Feb 2022
ISBN: 9781760976453


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What if you thought you had forever... To live your life. To tell your story. But what if forever was taken from you? When your tomorrows are counted, all you have is this moment. And this story you wish was never yours to tell. When Abby traded her life in the city for a wholesome new life on the coast, it was meant to be a fresh start for her family. Behind them was the sickness and sadness of the past. But sickness doesn’t always play by the rules.

And as Abby’s past threatens to swallow her future, she is forced to decide what is most important. What she will fight for. And she will fight. For however many days she has left.

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This is an emotion packed story of 15-year-old Abby’s journey with neuroblastoma. She is already a rarity herself - after first being diagnosed at age two and having been through chemotherapy, she has been in remission since then.

But now it is back. And although she doesn't remember the first fight against cancer, she is ready for this one. But when chemotherapy doesn't work, and a new therapy fails, reality needs to be faced.

It is time to manage her transition to death. This is an emotional journey, seen mostly through Abby’s eyes, but we also see the effects this dreadful diagnosis has on her Mum and Dad, and her friends.

I loved this story and read it in one sitting, only pausing a few times to cry and slow the journey to the inevitable conclusion. A story that teaches us to savour life and the opportunities that we are given.

Definitely a tough topic, but it is wonderfully written, with themes of death and living while you can, and as well as dealing with grief. It is filled with love and understanding, and it will be most appreciated by readers 14 and older.

Reviewed by Rob