Somebody Up There Hates You
by Hollis Seamon
This short novel follows 17 year old Richie as he fights for his life in hospice. Richie has been left ravaged by his cancer treatment and he knows his time is limited. They don't just move people to hospice for nothing. Richie claims he and every other patient in hospice suffer from SUTHY (Somebody Up There Hates You). While in hospice, Richie has the pleasure of meeting 15 year old Sylvie, a fierce girl determined to make the most of the time that is given to her. Richie experiences the highest of highs and the lowest of lows as his experiences with girls send his life into a tailspin. Richie manages to find trouble at every turn with the help of his uncle and Sylvie, stressing out the hospital staff, his grandmother, and his mother (much to his dismay). Throughout the book, Richie is sarcastic and stoic about the way he handles himself, but at times he shows that he really is just a young boy battling a terrible disease. Watching Richie develop relationships with his caregivers and new friends, while trying to accept that he may not be around long to cultivate them, is a battle that is well portrayed throughout the book. The reader will find sympathy as they read about Richie, but will also find humor in his view on life. People who enjoy the twisted humor of John Green will find this book appealing. -- recommended by Sam N. - Gere Branch Library [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try The Fault in Our Stars or any other book by John Green.]
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