Rating: 2 Stars
Matt and Elle have known each other their whole lives and in a telling of both present and past stories their lives and love are unravelled. Elle, however, hit her head and has been deemed brain dead by her doctors. During a routine procedure by the hospital staff it’s discovered that Elle is pregnant (for the fifth time, having unfortunately miscarried the first four pregnancies due to an undiagnosed autoimmune disease.) Everyone in Elle’s life knows she would not want to be kept alive – having witnessed her mother suffer for months with cancer before she finally found peace in death. Matt, despite knowing Elle’s wishes about life support, fights everyone (including his mother) in a legal battle to keep Elle “alive” long enough to allow the baby to be born healthy. He truly believes Elle would want him to save the baby, even if it meant living off of machines for the remained of her pregnancy.
The concept itself was nice (even though I’m pretty sure I’ve read something with a similar premise before) but what I didn’t enjoy was the fact that there was a lot of Pro Life/politics sprinkled into the beginning of the book, which is never my favourite thing in fiction – I want to escape reality, not read a debate on a very real topic. I don’t particularly enjoy reading about something controversial like that, especially in something that is supposed to be a sweet and simple story about a man fighting for his unborn child at the expense of many of his relationships with both Elle’s family and his own.
Other then that it was a cute little book about how a boy grew up with the girl next door, eventually realizing he loved her. It was sweet and I liked the back and forth as we piece together their story before Elle’s accident. Unfortunately I think it could have been a bit longer, in order for a reader to really be able to bond with these two characters. But ultimately it was a cute story about a very tragic situation and a very difficult decision that had to be made.
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.