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?
After reading the Blurb for this Book, I was expecting a real tear-jerker & was pleasantly surprised!
Don't get me wrong, it is one of the most emotional Books I have ever read!
When we first meet Milcah, she has accepted that she is dying from Breast Cancer at the age of 18!
The Author did a excellent job of expressing Milcah's emotions throughout the Book, e.g. Her Anger, Her Fear & Her Sadness.
Callum is a Tattoo Artist that she meets when she decides to get a Tattoo.
Callum shows Milcah that Life is worth Living, by taking her on Journeys, making her forget that she is dying by showing her a good time.
There were certain parts of the Book that did make me tear up, so I would advise anyone who reads it to have a box of Tissues handy!
This is one of those Books that makes you more understanding of what a Person who has Cancer has to deal with everyday.
If you don't like Tear-Jerker Books, THIS is not the Book for you!!
It made me laugh, it made me cry but overall, it gave me a better understanding of how a Person with Cancer feels every single Day!!
I gave it 4 & a Half Stars!
4 *Highly Emotional* Stars
First let me start by saying, I have a few breast cancer survivors in my family and I think this is an accurate description of what life is like when you get it and then after, when against all odds, you survive. Some have said Only The Good Die Young is a depressing story but I say it's life. Raw and beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Milcah was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. While she was discharged from the hospital she goes to a tattoo parlor called Skin Stories and decides to let the tattoos she wants speak for her story. She plans to get one for each procedure she has had done. She has built up walls using sarcasm and a sharp whit attitude. She is a tough character at only 18 years old and I loved that about her. She is coping in the only way she knows how. Sure there were sometimes in the story where I wanted to smack her and tell her to snap out of it but as I read I tried to put myself in her shoes and I would probably have the same attitude. She thinks by keeping her cancer and thoughts to herself, she is protecting those around her. Then she meets him.
Callum is on my list of sexy book boyfriends. Who wouldn't swoon over a charming but HOT tattoo artist!?! He had a way with connecting with Milcah that makes him stand above the rest. He stopped being Mr. Nice Guy part way through the book and held nothing back when it came to her. (Aggression only made him hotter lol) I felt his genuine personality pour from the pages as we got deeper in there story.
"Everyone's dying Milcah. Some people are just dying sooner than others" *SIGH*
She realizes she needs him so indescribably bad but doesn't know how to live again after being dead on the inside for so long.
This story was so much more than YA/NA. There isn't a heat factor so if that's what you are looking for you may wanna pass. Only The Good Die Young is a vulnerable, raw emotion filled, gut wrenching, heart breaking and make you smile all at the same time kind of book. I was pulled so deep into Milcah story that I felt every emotion it seems she felt. Happy, Sad, Flirty, Angry, Relief and Depression. I recommend this book highly to anyone looking to get away and step into someone else's reality. You won't regret it ♡
KK Hendin Bio:
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.
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