No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli is a YA Contemporary stand-alone of a tragic night leaving a boy to take care of his Alzheimer’s grandfather..
“Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.“
This book took on a whole new meaning of struggles for a teenager.
Dealing with not only a tragedy of losing some of the most important people in his life, the main character now has to grow up beyond his years and take care of his grandfather. But then, a huge plot twist comes out of nowhere, and you find yourself asking, “what more can this kid take??”
This book was a really quick, enticing read. There is a lot of character development and the hardships of having to grow up mentally without a choice. Sacrifice and determination sum of No Sad Songs nicely.
But through it all, the writing didn’t shy away from the teenage boy struggles of girls and the school. There was a lot of humor that also kept me engaged with the book. Having the unique addition of essays written by the main character gave more of a deeper meaning to the story.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The writing overall is easy to follow and keeps the more adult content in line with the younger point of view. I really enjoyed getting to see the reactions as he had to make very tough decisions. Ultimately, he made some epic ones that I don’t even think I could have done.
If you like YA mental health, contemporary settings, and books involving a new perspective on life, this book is a quick read you will enjoy.
Published: 20 February 2018
Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: ARC copy
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
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