Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson

Andrew Brawley works at the hospital cafeteria for his summer job and he visits his comatose grandma there when he has a chance. Since he's there so often, he's made friends with a lot of nurses and doctors and a couple teens in pediatrics. This all sounds perfectly fine for a teen's summer, except for the fact that Drew doesn't ever leave the hospital premises. And the fact that he no longer has a family to go home to. They were brought to the hospital and never left, so now Drew's not leaving either.

Drew tries to work his problems out through a comic he draws about "Patient F," but his main character never seems any less obsessed by the family he lost. But when he starts to fall for a boy in the ICU, will he be able to finally outrun the shadow of death that's been following him around.

Drew's story is not easy to read. There's a lot of death and trauma in the hospital where he lives and the longer he lives there the more patients he finds himself getting too close to. The reader gets close right along with Drew and when relapses and setbacks happen, they are very hard to read about. But there's also plenty of humor and heart-warming things that occur within the walls of the hospital as well.

Shaun David Hutchinson will be at the NoVA Teen Book Festival, so be sure to give yourself a chance to read this awesome book so you can ask him some questions!

More to read:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Teen Reviews: Not Your Average Love Stories

Reposting with Love: If I Stay

Read This/Watch That: Living Every Day Pair

My Beating Teenage Heart by C.K. Kelly Martin

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