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"Dessert First is a beautiful novel about breaking and mending, what we lose and how we try to save. Kat's story is moving and bittersweet, and I couldn't put it down." Ally Condie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Matched trilogy and Summerlost
Upbeatthat's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance.
But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the job: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejectionlost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.
Dessert First is a funny, moving story about coping, appreciating sweetness, and learning to forgive.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How do you cope when you're a teenager, and your little brother has cancer? Again. Probably not very well. Kat Monroe covers her fear and grief with a hearty serving of snark and sarcasm. She struggles in school, she fights with her older sister... and I liked her tremendously, anyway. Disclaimer: I'm acquainted with the author via social media. There's even a love triangle of sorts here, thought not the kind I'd ever read before. Not everyone gets a happy ending, but I really enjoyed the book, some of the twists I hadn't anticipated, and feel it'll be staying with me for a long time.
This story of the teen sister of a young cancer patient grabbed my interest with a sympathetic protagonist, credible hospital jargon and complex relationships. The impact of serious illness on siblings is thoughtfully portrayed, and plot is compelling. Despite an area of slightly anticlimactic decompression, I recommend this book for its multifaceted love stories.