Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada, Penguin Random House, Penguin Teen
Published: September 25th, 2018
Thank you so much to Penguin Random House Canada for this free copy of this book to read. This was the first book I have read by Ashley Little and it was fabulous. It definitely won’t be my last!
You think it’s hard having acne and braces and a stupid looking haircut? Try being a high school leper.
This book follows the story of young teenager Abby Furlowe. She is a senior in high school and seems to have it all. She is popular, pretty, smart, and is a cheerleader.
One day she notices a little red spot on her leg. She wonders what it is and hopes it will go away. After a while and the spot is still there she shows her mom. They decide she go to the doctor. She is given a prescription and told it should go away within a few weeks. A few weeks pass and the spot is still there… What could it be? Abby goes back to the doctor… again and again…
Eventually Abby is diagnosed with Leprosy, which is now called Hansen’s disease. Her body breaks out into sores and she gets them all over her body. They are sore, they hurt, and she can’t stand them! She feels ugly and feels her life as she knew it is over. Even her so called friends seem to want to have nothing to do with her anymore. How can she be a cheerleader now, and do all the normal things other girls her age can do, like go to prom, have a boyfriend, go to school even!?
Without giving too much away this was a fabulous book that I very much enjoyed reading. I enjoyed reading about Abby’s journey from diagnosis through to all of her treatment she had to undergo. It was a very informative book and entertaining to read at the same time. I loved the main characters and Abby’s spunky personality. She had a lot to go though and I couldn’t help but feel for her. I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her everything would be ok. I learned a lot from this book and about Hansen’s disease including the fact it is now called Hansen’s disease.
I very much recommend this book! You won’t be disappointed!
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