Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dessert First by Dean Gloster

Kat's family is thrown into turmoil when her younger brother Beep has a cancer relapse.  Although he has been in remission from earlier bouts, it looks like his only hope this time might be a bone marrow transplant with Kat as the best match as a donor.  Kat's life at school is also problematic.  Her formerly close friend Evan wants to start writing songs again and spending more time with Kat but she is leery after he started dating the meanest girl in school and believed all the rumors she told him about Kat.  Evan has broken up with his girlfriend and claims to be back on Kat's side but she has him on friend probation while struggling with the bullying she experiences from the mean girls every day and her failing grades as a result of not doing her homework.  On top of everything else, her home life is not great. Kat fights with her older sister all the time, her father is almost always at work, and her mother panics about everything.  She has two online friends but one of them is suicidal and the other is a boy dying of cancer 3000 miles away.





I'm fine with emotional books where characters are sick and dying but I got annoyed with this one for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it felt to me like a lot of Beep's section of the story was overshadowed by Kat's thoughts about Evan and their relationship.  It was the typical story of a girl liking someone but shying away or misunderstanding the signals she is getting.  Admittedly, I'm pretty tired of that storyline in general, but it felt like it was focused on way too much and felt much too light given the seriousness of what was happening with Beep.  

Secondly, it was almost as if this were two separate stories.  First there is the story of Beep and then the second half of the book is about Hunter, the boyfriend across the country from Kat, and that the two stories were almost the same thing.  At the very least, it made the book drag for me without feeling like there was much new information pulling me into the story. 

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