All That Matters by Youseph Tanha (Book Review) 

By  Raindropreflections

     Ethan Wright is just like any other high school kid that is one day lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. Throughout the course of high school the young couple learn to cope with incredibly difficult odds to discover all that matters.

My Thoughts

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting much from the story after the tell-all prologue. But then I kept reading, and I realized that the book was about a guy who’s with a girl who got cancer, and things got put into perspective there.

I’m not going to say that there weren’t grammatical errors in the book. I won’t say that it was the best writing I’ve ever read. In fact, it’s a big deal that I even read this book, because the author is dyslexic and I think it’s amazing that today he writes books.

The story itself was moving, especially the ending, which I didn’t expect. The book reminded me of A Walk to Remember. A classmate of mine used the book for her book talk and well, gave the ending away, but I remember the story itself: girl who has cancer talks to a guy she’s always liked, and a friendship of sorts develops. This story was kind of backwards, where the guy likes the girl with cancer.

I was a little surprised that the MC, Ethan, would be so cool with dating a girl who has cancer. I don’t mean that in a mean way, because I think it was beautiful, but it showed amazing depth in Ethan’s character to be able to do stuff like that. I very much admired him for it.

I have family members who’ve succumbed to cancer, and I’ve seen firsthand what a family goes through when cancer strikes. It’s worse than just a killer, because to an extent, it kills a part of the family, the people who don’t have cancer, too. Showing this effectively is a tough job, and kudos to Youseph Tanha for attempting such a sensitive topic.

Parting Thoughts: this book is about story, not technique or whatever. I think it has the capacity to move people, and so it’s definitely worth reading.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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Note: I received this book for review from the author.