Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

by Hollis Seamon


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616204549
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 835,868
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Hollis Seamon is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and also teaches in the MFA creative writing program at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. This is her first novel for young adults.

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Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KimballSK More than 1 year ago
Richard Casey has terminal cancer. He’s living in hospice, but one thing sets him apart from the other patients there. He’s only seventeen. Somebody Up There Hates You could have turned into the typical heart-breaking tale of a dying boy, but it didn’t. Richard was the comic relief as a main character. He is determined to live every day to the fullest even as his health deteriorates. Somebody Up There Hates You takes you through Richard losing his virginity, getting drunk for the first time, and growing up in a place where no kid should have to grow up. Richard focuses on falling in love, making memories with his family, and being a normal teenager. I really enjoyed reading Somebody Up There Hates You. It was heart-warming and yes, sad, but not so sad that I needed to lay in my bed and cry all day. This novel was a great story of overcoming your problems and staying positive even in the worst of situations. Seamon created a very original story out of a topic that has been written about time and time again. I think that shows real talent as a writer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a book about teenagers dying, it is not morbid or overly sad. Rather it is about teenagers acting like teenagers even under difficult circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a good,short read. It is a bittersweet story. I highly recomend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We meet Richard in hospice where he can joke with visitors about the science geniuses toiling away behind the scenes, coming up with the cure-all for what ails him and the other residents on his floor. But he knows the truth, that you check into hospice when you're terminal date is 30 days. Will he make it to his 18th birthday? He and the only other child resident of the ward, Sylvie, certainly hope to liven up the time they have left, living and loving with a fierce dedication to the days, hours, minutes remaining. The book is full of little adventures, big-hearted nurses, and parents holding on, estranged relatives reclaiming family ties in the face of grief, and the lulling sounds of the trains and the Hudson River in the background like a calming lullaby. I loved Richard's self-knowledge in the face of his disease, the wasting of his body in direct contrast to his expanding heart and consciousness of what his loss will mean to others. I really enjoyed the book and will seek out others by Hollis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love sharing funny parts wuth my guy friends and we all laugh. Y'all will love thus book.