Who might like this? Well, it has a boy as a main character and it is a novel done in verse. You don't have to be a poetry person to get into this kind of book, people! Come see me if you want to know more about these kinds of books. They read like a regular book, but with fewer words on the page it means there is a bigger punch when the chapter is over. It's a quick read, and it is very well done. Guys AND girls would like it. You just have to be ready for a nice family story about a family like no other.
Don't forget to read the Acknowledgments at the end of the book! You find out that the author actually has a son who suffers from the same disease as the little brother, Levi. After I found that out, it just made the whole book mean something a little different. When you know an author is writing from a heart that knows the pain and struggle of the main character because it is a part of his/her everyday life, it just makes the writing seem that much more . . .
Here is a snippet of one of the poems from the beginning of the book. It gives you an idea of the writing style and the plot. Give it a try!
"Stealing is bad.
But my brother Levi is always so sick, and his medicine is always so expensive.
I didn’t think anyone would notice,
if I took that credit card,
if, in one stolen second,
I bought Levi’s medicine.
But someone did notice.
Now I have to prove I’m not a delinquent, I’m not a total bonehead.
That one quick second turned into
a year of house arrest,
a year of this court-ordered journal,
a year to avoid messing up
and being sent back to juvie
so fast my head will spin.
It’s only 1 year.
Only 52 weeks.
Only 365 days.
Only 8,760 hours.
Only 525,600 minutes.
What could go wrong?"