Title: Learning To Live
Author: Kira Adams
Ciera Nelson wants what any other outcast wants, invisibility. If she can just make it through the rest of her year with minor incidents and a head held low she will be able to put the hell hole they call school in her rearview. Unfortunately, life has different plans for her.
Topher Carlson is one of the biggest jocks on campus. All the guys want to be him, all the girls want to claim him. When secrets are uncovered, Topher’s life spins wildly out of control.
They are far from friends when the school year begins, but each will impact the other’s life in ways they never dreamed possible. Can Ciera help Topher realize that popularity and status mean nothing in the real world? Can Topher help Ciera learn the true meaning of living?
Sometimes you have to let go to really live. Sometimes being alive means taking risks.
My rating: 4/5 stars
Okay so this book was very heartbreaking. It tells the story of a sick girl, Ciera and her last couple of months before she passes away. Its the typical girl meets boy situation as in many YA novels. Ciera is the well behaved girl who doesn’t have a lot of money and that is relentlessly picked in high school…Then you have Topher the all star jock who is one of Ciera’s biggest tormenters. like in all YA romance novels these two characters are brought together and start a friendship. I really liked Ciera and Topher’s relationship in this book, I didn’t feel like it was overly mush and that they were making love eyes at each other the whole book, however, that wasn’t the point of this book.
Kira Adams does a spectacular job at giving light to some very tough subjects. Not only does this book address cancer, it addresses assisted suicide and bullying, all of which I think are very sore subjects for a generalized reading audience. The way Adams writes this story the characters become your friends, you feel with them and you grow with them throughout the story. You feel Ciera’s emotions, the hurt, the pain of cancer, the struggle with bullying and kids at school, and what shapes into her love for Topher. You grow with Ciera throughout her journey in the last couple months of her life and come to realize that every moment counts and you shouldn’t be wasting anything because who knows when it will be over. And on the other side of the story you grow with Topher, you feel his remorse about the bullying and his want to become a better person. However, the biggest thing that drew me into this book emotionally was Topher’s love for Ciera it is so strong and Adams does so well writing to make you feel his love for her, even though she might push him away at some points.
Reading this book not only gave me heartache, because believe me it broke my heart, it gave me hope. Hope that people do change. Hope that everyone will find that one remarkable love. Hope that there really is good out there in the world, even if it is fictional. Also, the encouragement to go out and live my life to the fullest and be everything that I want to be, because I get to.
Overall, YES you should read this book! Get the Kleenex and the ice cream and a big soft snuggly blanket and join Topher and Ciera on their little heartbreakingly wonderful journey!
For people who enjoyed: The Fault In Our Stars, A Walk To Remember, My Sisters Keeper.
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