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Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel

Somebody Up There Hates You: A Novel - Hollis Seamon Short and Sweet:A heartfelt attempt at life with terminal cancer as a teen. Even though I enjoyed this book at times and felt it had some emotional moments, I found it hard to completely connect with any of the characters. It's not a bad story, but certainly not a great one either. To Elaborate....Somebody Up There Hates You is told from the point of view of Richie, a 17 year old boy in hospice care. Richie shares with the reader all the ins and outs of being a dying 'kid' and talks about many real, relatable issues: being a teen without privacy, watching your parents grieve for you, and falling in love for the first time. However, this story's strength in creating a stand-offish teenager, hiding his vulnerability is also its weakness. I, sadly, never really connected to Richie. Sylvie, Richie's love interest, was also only half-developed for me. I wish this book had 100 more pages of character development. I feel like knowing more about Richie and Sylvie's pasts might have helped, but maybe the author intentionally did not go there since the entire story takes place in 10 days.Overall, this book was just so-so for me. It had a few magical moments, and plenty of sad ones as well, but felt underdeveloped. :/(Originally published @ http://iheartyafiction.blogspot.com/)