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But that's not enough for him. So he goes to Sylvie's room and they have sex. Unfortunately, her condition has left her a bleeder, even a paper cut could prove fatal. The loss of blood from tearing her hymen leaves her in a coma. And there you have the entire plot of book. There is Sylvie's always drunk and belligerent father, Richie's good-hearted mother currently ill so she is not allowed to visit even though he is in hospice, and hospital employees who conspire to take the dying boy out for Halloween so he can get drunk and meet loose women.

These employees are all shocked when the teen romance goes farther than they expected. I forced myself to continue reading all the way to the end, hoping things would get better and the story become something more. Didn't happen. None of the character's felt real. Okay, a seventeen year old boy wanting to have sex is real, but he never became anything more than the dying bag of adolescent hormones.

There is an ending scene that I think is supposed to show that he has matured, but it falls flat. Feb 24, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: ya-fiction , netgalley , contemporary , only-the-good-die-young. Cancer books. Man, they are all over the place these days, aren't they.

It seems as though you can't peruse any shelf of any book store without finding at bunch of cancer books. YA is littered with cancer books. Now don't get me wrong, I don't necessarily mind, it's just that a lot of these books are about the exact same thing: dying kid dealing with Feelings.

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Or, as Bowie sang, carrying the news, Leaders come, they hate [that] all the people know , that given time the leaders go. Antonius B Super Reviewer. Namespaces Article Talk. Email Address. Because Richie and Sylvie already know they're going to die. It's about what one might call an ultimate romance, in that it's between a boy and a girl in a hospice.

There are few variations in these stories. Okay, I'm coming across as insensitive. I'm not trying to, it's just that when you read as muc Cancer books. I'm not trying to, it's just that when you read as much as I do it's difficult to not get bored when fictional characters die of cancer, especially when very few authors try to bring something new to the this particular table. I feel as though many authors who write about this subject are hardly trying anymore. Cancer, death, that's the stuff that rips out your guts and reduces you to a pathetic heap on the floor—who wouldnt cry, amirite?

So, yeah, I often avoid these books because I know it's going to be so Tragic, rife with emotional porn, and it's like I've already read each YA cancer book—many a time—I've already cried for each poor kid that didn't get to grow up. So, yeah, even though it's sad it also is boring. And manipulative. All that said, Somebody Up there Hates You is a breath of fresh air. Sure, Richie, our unfortunate protagonist is dying of cancer, in a hospice no less, but he doesn't spend a lot of time feeling sorry for himself.

It seems as though, even though Richie doesn't say as much—quite the opposite actually—that he's at peace with his much-too-early demise. He plays an inappropriate prank, swears at people, sneaks out of hospice, gets drunk, gets a little high, hooks up, hooks up again with someone else , gets punched a lot , and maybe even discovers he has a heart I'm not telling.

And sure, Richie makes a bunch of mistakes, causes quite a bit of trouble, but you know what else he does? He spends a lot of time worrying about others, not himself. He worries about his mother, about how she's dealing with everything, about her health. He starts to understand how everyone has some sort of tragedy to deal with in their lives—not just kids dying of cancer but everyone. He does a whole lot of growing up during his last few weeks in hospice. No, this book didn't make me cry, didn't even get teary-eyed, but perhaps that is what I love most about it.

This book doesn't force you to that breaking point where all you want to do is donate all your money to Saint Jude's and all your hair to Locks of Love while you bawl your eyes out. Rather, SUTHY paints a picture and invites you to to gaze upon it, to think about it and to come to your own conclusions. And not once have I felt like a soulless baby-eating monster for not crying over this book. View 1 comment.

Jul 18, Michelle Wrona rated it did not like it Shelves: death-sickness , meh , disturbing , expected-better , from-library , where-is-the-happiness , messed-up-in-some-sorts , made-me-feel-gross , contemporary , would-never-pick-up-again. This was probably one of the worst books I've ever read. No doubt about it. I hated it.

This is a childish book with no sense of anything that makes you want to bawl because it was so bad. That's what the book really was fully. I saw this book as fantasy, especially because of the writing. I understand that it wasn't, but the writing was so bad that it made everything seem like a joke and a dream. This was about Richie and Sylvie, who are both dying of cancer. They're basically just living their lives until they die, and that's it.

That's how I was left from beginning to end. I didn't see any point in this book. The writing was hideous, the characters were horrible, and the plot was all over the place. I'd seriously give this book a 0 star rating if I could. It's perhaps the worst book I've ever read. I don't feel like giving a rant here, so I'm going to do a tiny recap, and then end this with a huge blow to a horn. I disliked this at page The writing was slow and messed up, and everything was slow-paced and scattered.

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I think that this book and its premise just wasn't for me. I felt like everything was disorganized and messed up. The idea of death was so wanted and looked forward for! Richie and Sylvie were so I didn't like them from the start, and if I kept on going, I guess my hate for them would increase even more. Overall, I don't recommend this book at all. Sep 22, Kitvaria Sarene rated it did not like it Shelves: problems-realistic-fiction , ya-and-childrens. Just saw I forgot to rate this one. This was recommended to me by one of the German publisher sales representatives with the words "You know how John Green is so popular with his the fault in our stars book?

This is for those wanting more And then I waited for it to get good. I didn't care at all for any of the characters. I missed the light humo Just saw I forgot to rate this one. I missed the light humor and the hard reality I loved so much in John Greens book.

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I just didn't get sucked in at all - I was bored and quite frankly found the main characters rather annoying Jan 05, Ankita Singh rated it really liked it. Richie was such a fun character to read. Even though he knew he was dying, he still lived everyday to the fullest. So did Sylvie. Two teenagers, suffering with cancer fall in love. But it's not. Because Richie and Sylvie already know they're going to die.

That's why they're in the hospice. And yet they fall in love. My favorite part though, was the ending. Because the author did not tell us whether they die or not. I Richie was such a fun character to read. In a way, they're both still alive. And that's a happy ending, isn't it? Oh and I also loved how the author didn't go into the technical medical? I'm glad Richie thought it'd be too boring for us to read, because he was absolutely right.

I picked this book up on a whim, but I'm glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Feb 23, Debbie Narh rated it it was ok Shelves: netgalley-edelweiss , arc , annoying-protagonist , insta-love , meh , lovey-dovey , male-pov , , contemporary , disappointments. I think I knew I was going to dislike Richard from the beginning because he always repeats himself by saying, "see" or, "okay? It took all my strength not to jump into the book and punch him in the face. Hollis Seamon could have made this a killer book with such a sad and serious topic but instead she failed to do so.

I was left underwhelmed and very upset with all the characters. And not in a good way. Writing a realistic contemporary novel there has to be a realistic relationship I think I knew I was going to dislike Richard from the beginning because he always repeats himself by saying, "see" or, "okay? Writing a realistic contemporary novel there has to be a realistic relationship between the main character and most likely the love interest. Unfortunately, the romance in Somebody Up There Hates You feels more like a fairytale than something that could happen in real life. Richard and Sylvie are already 'together' when the novel starts with little hints and snippets of how they met but not a full explanation of how they became so close and became a couple.

There isn't much if any character building either. All of the characters feel extremely stiff and are boring and I couldn't connect to any of them. Another thing that I really disliked about this novel is the fact that everything is all over the place. The relationship between Richard and Sylvie, Richard's life, all of it. Instead of reading one story I felt like I was reading ten different ones that randomly popped up out of nowhere. During many parts of the book I was left confused and uncertain about what I was reading. One thing I did like about the book though, is the relationship between Richard and Edward.

It is so cute because they depend on each other so much, whether they know it or not. I also liked Edward because he reminds Richard a lot that everyone has problems and that he's not the only one going through a shitty time which I think everyone needs to be reminded from time to time. Somebody Up There Hates You isn't actually a story about a teen with cancer and how he fights through it.

It's more of a story about two teens going through a crappy time and having sex before they die. That's about it. I recommend this only to people looking for a light read.

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Don't let the summary fool you, it's not heart-wrenching nor is it moving. What other explanation can there be for year old Richie and year old Sylvie to be dying? Somebody up there must hate them, right? Follow Richie and Sylvie as they come of age in not-so-typical surroundings. You know what I mean, right?

I like the smart and sassy youngins who have a bit too much of a foul-mouth and a bit too unrealistic vocabulary. At only some pages, this book is a breeze to get through and, although the subject matter is heavy, I only cried a little bit. Dec 20, Sarah rated it it was amazing. I was taken aback by how much this book affected me. I didn't expect it to have such a strong hold on me, but truthfully I was drawn in from the very beginning.

Richard is sarcastic and witty, which makes the book hold an amusing tone for the most part. However, Seamon has no problem reeling you in with laughter, and making sure you're attached and dedicated to these characters, only to make them absolutely break your heart. When it comes down to it, these are young adults who are facing horrify I was taken aback by how much this book affected me.

When it comes down to it, these are young adults who are facing horrifying situations, and it's impossible not to feel for them on some level. To say I wasn't an emotional wreck when I closed this book would be a blatant lie. I'm not going to associate this in any ways with TFIOS because truthfully I never thought about the similarities and differences between the two. Sep 29, Melissapalmer rated it really liked it.

Richard main character is written in such a way that his voice is so true to life. Richard is in hospice and so is Sylvie They try to retain some sort of normalcy with their budding romance but that creates more problems for both them and their families. The secondary characters the harpy, Edward, Richard's mother, uncle and grandmother are interesting and bring even more depth to the book.

I could see this book being called a grittier The Fault in Our Stars Add to this that the author is 1. I highly recommend it. May 25, Luis Andrade rated it really liked it. I thought the book was pretty slow at first, but it got pretty interesting after a while and it was pretty funny to like I really love how the book began with I shit you not xD i dont know why thats funny to me I am just weird xP.

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Dont judge me xD. But overall I would say it was a good book. Jun 01, Sarah YA Love rated it really liked it Shelves: release , young-adult-lit , cancer , contemporary-ya , guy-appeal , september-release , read-in , realistic-fiction , ncte-alan Sure, a couple scenes made me teary, but I never actually cried. And I teared up over the most unexpected scenes. I actually think I laughed more than I teared up. What I like most about Edward is that he really takes on the role of responsible adult, but he also knows when to bend a little and help Richard when he needs it.

Something about Somebody Up There Hates You that I liked but also think needs a little work is the addition of characters throughout the story. Edward is a constant character, so I felt like I knew him pretty well by the end, or as well as I could get to know a secondary character. I enjoyed it, but I would have appreciated it more if more was offered.

Another piece that left me feeling conflicted is all the drama towards the end of the book. Emotions run high in the hospital, especially in hospice, but the scenes become a little dramatic. Again, I still enjoyed these parts, but I shook my head a little while reading them. Richard is a teenage boy and therefore thinks about sex pretty often. There are even a few sexual scenes that might be questionable for middle school students.

I do want to add, however, that the scenes are not grotesque. One of the scenes towards the end is written quite well, actually. Hollis Seamon has written an entertaining debut. Richard has a unique way of looking at life and a solid voice. This past year, my reading has taken a turn towards books about people dying with cancer.

Without intending to read that type of book, they keep popping up, and when a book says read me, well I leap in and see what it has to offer. This one blew me out of the water. Ok, so don't laugh here, but the first thing I thought of when I finished this novel was Star Trek.

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Yes, it is a novel about a kid in a cancer hospice living out his last few days, and no there's not a Borg, Klingon or Vulcan in sigh This past year, my reading has taken a turn towards books about people dying with cancer. Yes, it is a novel about a kid in a cancer hospice living out his last few days, and no there's not a Borg, Klingon or Vulcan in sight This is what Richy is facing in this novel, does he simply accept that "Somebody Up There Hates You" and peacefully wait for the end, or does he chose to live in spite of his diagnosis.

This novel pulls at your heartstrings a half dozen ways from Tuesday, the writing is bold, but more importantly its honest. The cast of characters bring to life the strength, the weakness, and the complete meltdown's of two families trying to cope with their very young children dying with cancer. From Sylvie's Dad drinking his pain away, to Richy's Mom making every effort to keep her son safe so she does not have to face his end. This one hit home for me, mainly because its message is a positive one, without being preachy. Richy is not trying to tell you how you should prepare for your end, he's just a kid trying to have a life before his time runs out.

I felt the book was beautifully written and told from Richy's POV it fits with your typical 17 year old boy. He's a bit of a rebel, he's in love with the girl next door, even if the door is in a cancer hospice, he loves his mom, and feels the responsibility of being the man of the house, and most of all he's a scared child facing something that would terrify most full grown adults.

One thing that stood out for me, and I can't tell you if the author even intended this, was the choice of name for the main character, Richard. Several characters refer to Richy as "my liege" or "my lord" and on Hallowe'en he's even seen wearing a paper crown, and using a blanket for a robe I loved it, and would love to read more from this author. Its due out late September, and in Canada is published by Penguin, so if you get chance to pick it up, I say go for it. It's one of those books that just makes you think, and makes you realize how precious our time on this planet is.

Sep 05, Jill rated it liked it. Two spunky teenagers dying of cancer are in love, and want to live out the rest of their days in a validation of their existences. But there are differences enough to justify reading this book as well as the wonderful book by John Green. This story takes place in a hospice. Richie not only likes the way she looks hairless and all , but also admires her sophistication, her honesty and her fierceness.

In his effort to have some solitary time with Sylvie not easy in a hospice with crying family members constantly about , he enlists the help of the staff. He is so focused on his own needs though, he forgets that those who take care of him night and day are people too. People hurt, all of them.

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You beginning to get that? Only you that suffers? Evaluation: This is a good book and an excellent depiction of what life is like in a hospice both for those who are confined there and those who work there. Yes, it can be heartbreaking from a philosophical standpoint, but the story itself is funny and enlightening. Already have an account? Log in here. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account.

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