Out of Reach by Missy Johnson
My best friend was dying and I was in love with his girl.
Andy and I had been best friends since we were eight-years old.
Watching him slowly fade away, ever closer to his final breath, made me so incredibly angry. I knew there was nothing I could do to change it--I had given in to despair, but Andy had not. He had one last hand to play.
He wasn't going to simply sit back and wait for Death to claim him--not Andy. He was going to live life until he couldn't hold his eyes open any longer.
Andy didn't want to die in some sterile hospital and asked me to take him and Emily to the beach. It would be our last road trip together.
Emily. Emily was a problem for me.
I harbored a secret that would have torn our friendship apart. I was in love with Andy's girl, and had been since she'd walked into our sixth grade class, so many years ago.
So what kind of person am I? My best friend is dying, and it's awful--but my heart still aches for his girl. I hate myself for thinking beyond Andy's death and whether there could ever be a future for Emily and I, but I can't help it.
I'm in love with her.
Kelly- 5 Crowns
Out of Reach is a powerful and beautifully written story of love, loss and new beginnings. This final destination and one dying man's wish will touch your heart, brand your soul and live with you long after the final page. Touching, funny, honest and emotionally charged, invest in tissues because this is a 2014 must read!!! ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog.
It's been a while since a book has really touched me. A while since I have had to stop what I'm reading and take a deep breath in order to continue knowing that the inevitable is going to happen whether I want it to or not. This story is real. These characters are real. Fucking cancer is real, therefore Out of Reach felt more than just another complicated 'fictitious' love story; it felt real, like I was living a memoir told by three exceptional friends, and that in itself is what made this book shine.
There are no villains here. This is no formulaic love triangle. This book depicts love in its various forms: Best Friend love, intimate love, unconditional parental love and the sickening pain and crushing grief that love brings when it is taken away from you. How, working through the motions and living life precariously through a dying man's bucket list can open another door to your heart, knowing it's what the one person you care about most, wanted. But, when it comes to saying goodbye, the hardest part will always be letting go... giving yourself permission to move forward without guilt is not generally something you prepare for in the wake of the death of a person you loved so deeply, and certainly not quite so soon.
The dynamics of this story may sound a little off-kilter and could quite possibly warn some people off, but trust me when I say it shouldn't, because it works! Missy Johnson has done an exceptional job. The portrayal of her characters and the challenges each one faced was raw and believable but tinged with underlying hope. We know from the offset that a pivotal and much loved character is going to die and there is no escaping that, and yes, it really fucking hurts but she gave these characters dignity and a dying man a voice, and God how I loved that!
Andy, Seth and Emily's story is truly unforgettable and one that should be treasured and experienced for yourself, hence my lack of a full plot overview. If you pick up any book today, then my advice: make it this one!
5 unforgettable Crowns!!!