Saturday, 15 August 2015

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

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What You Left Behind
Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What You Left Behind

“Well, guess what you left behind, Meg? Nothing but misery and pain and regret.”

This was a good YA contemporary story about cancer, and being a teen parent, which also had an interesting mystery aspect.

I felt quite sorry for Ryden in this story, he’d lost so much, and was pretty shell-shocked at the way he had become a single teen parent, and the changes to his life that this bought. I also felt really sorry for Meg, having cancer at such a young age, and not getting to see her daughter grow up was awful.

"I didn't take her life away from her.
She took mine."

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked the mystery aspect of Meg having left diaries for Ryden to find, and having secrets that she possibly took to her grave. I was also interested to see what Ryden would do with the rest of his life with his daughter in tow, and how he would move on with his love life as well.

The ending to this was pretty good, and I enjoyed this story overall.

7.5 out of 10

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