The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah (3 Stars)


Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve taken the 2016 Book Challenge, and it has made me pick-up a few books that were a little outside my usual choices. This is one of them, and the description was way outside my usual comfort zone. This is the story of Ivo, a 40-ish man, in hospice as he dies of kidney failure related to diabetes. He plays a game of thinking of things from A to Z, and his life story is revealed one letter at a time. During the game, he reflects on the choices he made in his life, most especially his lost love.

So, the book had a good premise, however, it was really hard to connect with this guy. He made bad choices, and felt bad about them even as he was making them, but it never stopped him. Any sympathy I felt for him was only because you tend to feel sorry for dying people. As for his sister and his friends, I never felt that he was a part of their circle, and he didn’t really want to be. So why didn’t he just stick with his girlfriend? This is a sad and depressing love story, and even though I enjoyed the writing style, I didn’t particularly care for the story, and I didn’t like the ending at all.


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