My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This is a striking literary debut of love and mortality perfect for fans of quirky, heart-wrenching fiction like Nathan Filer, David Nicholls and Rachel Joyce. Ivo has all kinds of everyday joy in his life - he's young, he's in love, he has friends who promise to stand by him if life ever goes wrong. Then one day, life does go wrong. He makes a mistake, and it's big and unforgiveable. Now time is running out and his life is falling apart. But he's going to put it together again. His own way.
This is a story about how far love must stretch to gather a life in pieces. And how strong friendship never dies.
Oh dear, another deeply depressing and maudlin novel. I like to read for escapism, entertainment, mystery and intrigue not to read about terminally ill people who spending their days in a hospice with no visitors or friends resort to playing a game of A-Z and a memory that goes with it. I really didn't connect with this book, it was too depressing, I skim read it and although the author tried it was just too miserable for me to keep going. Ivo was very self indulgent seeming not to take responsibility for the situation he finds himself in and therefore not very likeable. Dreary, dull and uninspiring I could not recommend it giving it only 1 star for effort.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this in exchange for an honest review.