Published March 14, 2014
The first year of college is supposed to be about parties, parties, and getting the hell out of Texas. Instead, Milcah Daniels is spending her eighteenth year in and out of Houston’s hospitals. Her hair is falling out, they’ve cut off her boobs, and if she makes it to nineteen, she’ll consider it a personal miracle.
Breast cancer really has a way of messing with a girl’s social calendar.
When Milcah’s temporarily discharged from the hospital, she’s determined to get a tattoo for every medical procedure she’s had. Her quest leads her to Skin Stories, a new tattoo parlor a block from her apartment. And to it’s infuriatingly sexy artist, Callum Scott.
Callum is everything Milcah wants, and everything she shouldn’t have now. A new relationship when the official prognosis is one to five years is a terrible idea. But Callum doesn’t know about the breast cancer, and Milcah’s not running to tell him.
But when the doctor says things are actually looking positive, her entire life turns upside down. How is she supposed to start living again when she’s finally learned to accept her death?
This book was made of two of my favorite things! Tattoos and a hot guy!
I really felt for Milcah and I loved her “no give a shit” attitude. She really gave the nurse’s and the physicians a run for their money. She told it like it was and you could tell early on that she was holding back her real feelings by trying to seem tough on the exterior.
Callum was really sweet and I am impressed with his skill at being able to talk to Milcah and tell her exactly what she is doing to herself. At first he tries to be sweet but by the middle of the book, he holds back no punches.
When I started this book, I expected a real tear jerker but this was not the case. There were some times that I could feel the tears brewing, but for the most part, Milcah was such a tough chic that there were not many tears from her.
The book’s main premise is of Milcah trying to deal with the fact that she is dying. She goes through chemo, sick as a dog and continues to push through. All by herself. But then, the unthinkable happens, she is going into remission. Her feelings are all jumbled up because she was preparing to die and now, she doesn’t know how to live!
The surprise about Milcah’s family REALLY blew me away! I can honestly say that I was not expecting that little scenario to come into play. But it worked wonderfully with the story.
In conclusion, if you enjoy NA, then pick this one up. You will be sucked in immediately by Milcah’s sassy attitude and Callum’s charm! You won’t be disappointed;)
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About the Author
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
She spends way too much time on Twitter, where she can be found at @kkhendin, and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.
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