Sunday, June 7, 2015

ARC Review: Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

8:44 PM

Title: Fragile Bones (One-2-one)

Author: Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Release date: March 15th 2015
Pages: 254
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Clockwise Press
My rating: 5/ 5
Source: Netgalley


Meet Harrison and Anna.

One is a fifteen-year-old boy with an uncanny ability to recite every bone in the skeletal system whenever he gets anxious ― and that happens a lot. The meaning of “appropriate behaviour” mystifies him: he doesn’t understand most people and they certainly don’t understand him.

The other is a graduating senior with the world at her feet. Joining the Best Buddies club at her school and pairing up with a boy with high-functioning autism is the perfect addition to her med school applications. Plus, the president of the club is a rather attractive, if mysterious, added attraction.

Told in the alternating voices of Harrison and Anna, Fragile Bones is the story of two teens whose lives intertwine in unexpected ways.

(taken from goodreads)


When you are a dedicated YA reader, there can come a point in which you feel like things  start getting repetitive and the books start feeling more and more similar as you go on. Fragile Bones was like a breath of fresh air. A new and refreshing read brimming with diversity. 

I liked how this book focuses on the disease that is Asperger's (a form of autism where the sufferer has a fixation on a certain topic, in Harrison's case being bones and medical things, hence the title) and not only the character suffering with it, but the people like his family who have to live with him everyday. The author gave an insight on what the disease really is and also, on ways that one can help and make the person feel as good and as normal as possible. Because we all know there are some rude people out there who treat others like Harrison as if they were aliens or something of the like.

Having the story told from both the perspective of Harrison and the perspective of Anna (Harrison's best buddy system's partner) was sublimely interesting because we got to see both sides to the story, you know? Like, whenever Harrison had an episode, we got to see thing from his perspective and from Anna's perspective. We know that it's all very difficult and stressful for Harrison, but we never really think about how difficult it is for the other person. When I really thought about it, the story would have been oh so entirely different had it only been from one POV. Having it told the way it was successfully portrayed how these situations affect families and how it can bring them together as well as apart. This also allowed for both characters to be equally important rather than only focusing on the character with the disabilities. It never deviated from the other characters and everything happening around them. The plot was well-balanced and developed.

What I loved he most was Harrison's attitude. Regardless of his disability and of all the obstacles which he had to battle daily, he still had hope for himself and that was very inspirational. This book is total eye-opener and it delivers the message of approaching these thing with patience and an open-mind.

I loved it and I was so happy when I found out that this is a series. Each book will focus on a different character from the Best Buddy System and I'm just so excited! I will definitely read anything that this author writes. 

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