Publisher: Orca Book Publishing
Release Date: 12th September 2017
Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is -just live.- This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara–the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.
With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life. – GR
I was given this E-ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Unfortunately, I really didn’t connect with this one. I think the main problem was that it was not only too short, but too rushed despite not a lot really happening. As a result, the characters were flat and didn’t wring any emotional connection from me at all. This book relies heavily on emotional investment as it follows a boy dying from Huntington’s and a girl with cancer trying to figure out what to do with the rest of their lives, but it just wasn’t working for me.
One specific thing that didn’t sit right with me was the fact that Trevor tells Plank he isn’t in love with anyone, and Plank responds with pity and tells him to ‘do something about that’. Not everyone wants a romantic relationship and being single isn’t something to be pitied. I knew from there that this wasn’t going to be the book for me. Sure enough, the rest of the book was full of romance I personally found uncomfortable. I understand that Sara and Trevor’s situations are far from normal and I’ve never been in those circumstances but I couldn’t feel anything for their relationship.
I’m not sure if this could be considered a spoiler but something else that really made me wince was the fact that the sixteen year-old girl undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma asks the MC to get her pregnant. Again, I’ve never been in that situation so I can’t speak for how realistic it is, but I just wanted to mention it.
I’m not really sure what else to say in this review. I finished the book in just over an hour, put my Kindle down and was just… apathetic? I don’t think I gained anything from Plank’s Law but others have, which is something I can appreciate.
Maybe check out some good reviews on Goodreads before making your decision to pick this book up.
Have you read Plank’s Law? Let me know in a comment and we can chat!