Hello friends! I’m going to review a short, sweet, fun yet also heavy kind of book today in this bullet-point review!
Frank Morelli, No Sad Songs, Published by Fish Out of Water Books, February 20th, 2018.
Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.
- No Sad Songs is, before anything else, a story with family at its heart and what you do to protect them the best that you can. I love family focuses in stories.
- I also love seeing the relationship growing between Gabe and his grandfather, as Gabe took care of him and grew attached to him. That was really endearing to follow.
- The friendships in this story were also pretty amazing, especially the main friendship here, between Gabe and his best friend, John. I appreciated how John was always there for him, helping him and not afraid to stand up against him when it was needed.
- No Sad Songs was an easy book to read: despite the heavy themes tackled (taking care of a grandfather with alzheimer), the story was delivered in a sweet way, quickly paced, with endearing, heavy moments lightened up with touches of humor here and there, which I appreciated a lot.
- I also loved the other themes explored quickly in the story, such as fitting in, peer pressure to be accepted in a group, popularity and how it can influence the way you think and who you are.
I HAD A HARD TIME WITH…
- If I really enjoyed reading about the main character, I’m a bit sad that I found myself a bit disconnected from him. I’m thinking that it’s more of a case of, it’s not me, it’s you though: Gabe’s voice was super endearing, fun and strong all at once and I appreciated it a lot, I just wanted to feel more for him.
- I’m a bit sad that the secondary characters weren’t more explored: as much as I loved John, I would have wanted to get to know him a bit deeper, especially given that he was such a strong character and force in Gabe’s life and story.
Overall, No Sad Songs was an endearing story with a huge focus on family, care takers and everything that they do and the strength that it takes. Despite its heavy themes, the author managed to give its funny moments and to make this an endearing, sweet tale of family, friendships and love.
Final rating: 3 drops!
Thank you so much to the author for sending me a free digital copy of his book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating on this.
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Did you read No Sad Songs? Do you want to read it?
What’s the latest book you’ve read with a strong family presence? Any recommendations? Let me know in comments!
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