This is a very enjoyable read due to the conflicting voices of Stewart and Ashley, two teens forced to share a household when Stewart's dad moves in with Ashley's mom. Stewart is still grieving for his mom, who died from ovarian cancer, and Ashley is embarrassed by her father, who has recently come out of the closet and moved out but only to the guest house behind Ashley's current house. Stewart and Ashley are about as different as two teens could possibly be; which is one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book, and the other reason is the honest but humorous observations made by Stewart. A few times I did have to question whether Ashley could possibly be as naive and clueless as she appeared but other than that, this book had me smiling and nodding at the honest depictions of the angst, sacrifices and joyful moments that make up life.
This is the fabulous true story of Jack Andraka, a boy who, at the age of fifteen, came up with an early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. His method is much more effective than what doctors used previously and cost only three cents a test!
His story however, is much more than just that of a young successful innovator. It details Jack's path of creative inventiveness, the close connection he had with a dear family friend whom Jack called "Uncle Ted" and how Ted's death inspired Jack to help others suffering from the same disease. It also does a great job of explaining when and how Jack realized he was gay, and how he handled the initial repulsion of his brother, and the homophobic bullying at school and elsewhere that he faced regularly. It is an inspiring read for a variety of reasons and one that all young adults should read.
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