One of the more realistic YA books I have read. Dealing with adult situations and choices that affect not only the main characters, Eddie and Finley, but their friends and family as well. Set in the fantasy world of modeling, both have to deal with very adult issues: death of a parent, teen pregnancy, family problems, and all the trappings of adulthood. I thought it was a great representation of the struggles so many young people go through with today and would definitely recommend this book.
Ivan Isaenko has only ever known life in the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born physically deformed due to the effects of radiation, Ivan has carved out a pattern for himself that allows him to survive in the depressing facility. He is mentally sharp, reads absolutely everything he can get his hands on, and has an extremely tender side when dealing with some of his fellow patients. He deals with his physical disabilities along with the day to day battle that just being a teenage boy presents. Until one day, an “interloper” by the name of Polina, arrives and turns his world upside down. Suffering from leukemia yet in Ivan’s eyes absolutely beautiful, Polina awakens Ivan to the possibility of love that he never knew he had. Witty, clever and sharp dialogue between the two make for a well paced story and the supporting cast of nurses, doctors and therapists make for some heart wrenching as well as very funny moments. An incredibly well done take on young love.
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