Sunday, 11 May 2014

Review: Out of Reach by Missy Johnson

Title: Out of Reach 
Author: Missy Johnson
Release Date: May 8, 2014

My best friend was dying and I was in love with his girl.

Andy and I had been best friends since we were eight-years old.

Watching him slowly fade away, ever closer to his final breath, made me so incredibly angry. I knew there was nothing I could do to change it--I had given in to despair, but Andy had not. He had one last hand to play.

He wasn't going to simply sit back and wait for Death to claim him--not Andy. He was going to live life until he couldn't hold his eyes open any longer.

Andy didn't want to die in some sterile hospital and asked me to take him and Emily to the beach. It would be our last road trip together.

Emily. Emily was a problem for me.

I harbored a secret that would have torn our friendship apart. I was in love with Andy's girl, and had been since she'd walked into our sixth grade class, so many years ago.

So what kind of person am I? My best friend is dying, and it's awful--but my heart still aches for his girl. I hate myself for thinking beyond Andy's death and whether there could ever be a future for Emily and I, but I can't help it.

I'm in love with her.

 My best friend was dying and I was in love with his girl.

This was such a sweet, sad story.  Seth and Andy had been best friends since they were young.  They were inseparable.  Now Andy was dying and wanted to make a few new memories in his last few weeks.  How could Seth say no?  So that is how they end up on a road trip with Andy's girlfriend, Emily…the girl Seth is in love with. 

The story is told mainly through Seth and Emily's viewpoints (with a little bit of Andy thrown in), and it focuses on them trying to keep Andy happy in his last days.  The emotions the author wove into her story were amazing.  Each character was individual and unique.  Andy loved life and wanted to live it to its fullest.  He was dying – there was no getting around that – but he tried to always stayed positive rather than just giving up.  Seth was the kind of best friend everyone wishes he had.  He would have done anything for Andy, and Emily, too.  Emily was the best girlfriend a guy could have.  She stuck with him through everything, even though she knew it was not going to end well. 

Together these characters made for an incredible story.  This is a story of love and friendship, life and death, courage, sacrifice, and healing that will stick with you.  Though it turned out to be a tearjerker of a story, there were also a lot of fun moments that will have you smiling and laughing right along with the characters. 

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a get the picture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.


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