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15 Day Book Blogger challenge: An underappreciated book everyone should read! (Day 13)

April over at Good Books and Good Wine is hosting a 15 day Book Blogger Challenge, which you can read all about here. It seems like a great idea, and I’m loving the idea of putting something random and exciting into my blog at a time when my real life makes me want to sleep rather than blog!

April’s 15 day book blogger challenge

Day 13 of the Book blogging Challenge asks us to describe one underappreciated book everyone should read.

I really struggled not to just pick one of my favourites for this one, but I wanted to pick something truly under appreciated. For that reason, I’ve picked Always and Forever by Karla J. Nellenbach.

It was my favourite book of 2012, despite the fact I don’t usually read contemporaries or sad books!

You can read my review here, but the important things to know are that it’s heartbreakingly sad, beautifully written and has great characters. This, in all honesty, is what I expected from The Fault in Our Stars.

Mia’s first reaction is outright disbelief. Obviously, a mistake has been made. Sixteen-year-old girls don’t die. But, when the diagnosis is confirmed, she dives headlong into anger. If she has to die, why should it be of cancer? In fact, anything would be preferable to cancer. Better for her to say when, where, and especially how.

Determined to meet death on her own terms, Mia devises scheme after scheme to get the job done. A “fall” down the basement stairs, driving her car off a bridge, and even a dance with a train all end in her survival.

And through it all, Mia keeps her family and friends at arms’ length with her destructive and hurtful behavior. With each failed suicide attempt and burned relationship, she slowly realizes that it’s not the dying that she’s afraid of, but the life she’ll be leaving behind. Now, that life is in a shambles. As time begins to slip through her fingers and death is upon her, Mia fights to rebuild the bridges she has destroyed, but can she do it before the clock runs out?

This only has 117 ratings, and 42 reviews but it’s averaging 4.48 stars on goodreads – I’m not the only person who loved it!

Always and Forever made me think and will evoke some seriously strong emotions (don’t be surprised if it makes you cry). There’ll be characters you want to hug, and some you want to give a good shake. It’ll make you want to go out and start really taking control of your life!

For £1.97 on kindle, Always and Forever is one I’d be happy to buy.

What underappreciated books do you think everyone should read?

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