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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Painless by S.A. Harazin
David has the disease CIPA which makes him unable to feel pain. People with his condition don't usually live very long since they can't tell when they have injured themselves in some way. David has managed to live to 17 thanks to his grandmother's vigilance but when she dies David becomes determined to get as much out of life as possible before his own death. David creates his bucket list which includes finding his parents and falling in love. He already has the girl picked out but she has issues of her own including the fact that she is his caretaker.
This book has a built-in hook with David's disease which is fascinating to ponder. At first it doesn't seem all that bad but you quickly learn all of the limitations he has, most of which keep him from an everyday life. I'd say my complaint is that I don't know that I liked David all that much. However, I think that the problem is that he is pretty immature and self-centered for his age which makes sense given how sheltered he has been.