Molly Corbett can't stand seeing her childhood pal Alex Gibson destroy himself. He's gone from straight-A student to rebel without a cause. With so much at stake, some serious interference is called for—or at least Micromanaging Molly thinks so. Alex needs to get back on the path to the Ivy League. But the harder Molly pushes Alex, the harder he pushes back.
Alex has a secret. Well, two secrets.
Number one: He has terminal melanoma. With six months to live, Alex hasn't got a second to waste. And hanging around hospitals when his friends think he's cutting school definitely counts as wasted time. Instead, he's going to drop out, surf, drive fast cars…and finally put secret number two out there. He's in love with Molly and he's going to tell her before it's too late.
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This novella was a great idea with pacing that really worked against it. It took far too long for Molly to learn about Alex's illness. By the time she did, the novella had a small amount of time to spend on the results, which (and this was kind of shown in the description but never carried out) seemed like it should have been the main part of the novella. That being said, the writing was very good. The characters were all individuals and had their own voice. Definitely recommend for people who like classic high school romances and short stories!
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I really liked the premise of this book but for me it failed to deliver; I didn't tear up once throughout the book despite the book being about a boy Alex who is dying of Melanoma. The length of the book was too short with the pace of the story just starting to pick up towards the end of the book. Because of this, the ending, and the book as a whole, felt unfinished and hurried. I also really didn't like Alex because of the fact that he kept his illness a secret. While it would be hard breaking the news that he has cancer to his best friend Molly, it is also quite selfish to have kept it from her for so long especially when he claims to love her. I also think that Molly accepts his apology too quickly although that could be just because if I was in her position I would feel betrayed and probably hold a grudge for a bit longer. I think if this story had been fleshed out a bit more, that is it was a full novel, it would have been more enjoyable as the characters and plot would have had more time to develop. Overall, this was an okay read however I didn't like the two main characters very much because of their lack of communication throughout the book. Most of the drama would have been solved if Molly and Alex just had an honest conversation and laid all their cards on the table.
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Alex has dreamed of going to Yale, becoming a pediatrician, and spending his life with his best friend, Molly. Molly is just as hard working and dedicated to going to college with Alex and nothing is about to stop her. So when Alex comes back from a recent trip to visit his dad, Big Dave, in Sydney and seems to have lost his drive for school, studies and even Yale, Molly is livid. What Molly doesn't know is that Alex has a secret; his trips to visit his father haven't been just that - he has been getting chemotherapy and treatments for Stage IV Melanoma, but the problem is that none of it is working. Live Fast, Die Young is the story of Alex and Molly, as they deal with this diagnosis and a six-month sentence. Author Vanessa Barneveld tells the story from both Molly's view and Alex's viewpoint, and brings in real teenage emotion and thought processes. Live Fast, Die Young is a relatively short novella that is engaging. You are easily able to understand the characters. It is a great young adult read. Reading it as an adult, I can see the problems in a few of their rationales, but as sixteen-year-olds, I definitely see that the author has captured the mindset and thought processes of the characters and real life teenagers. It is a cute, short story that is a great read and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It has no sex or bad language, so I would feel comfortable letting even younger kids read this one. It will remind kids that nothing in life is forever, and to grab what you can while you have the chance.