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The Last Leaves Falling (2000)

by Sarah Benwell(Favorite Author)
2.85 of 5 Votes: 2
1909531227 (ISBN13: 9781909531222)
review 1: I dithered between 4 and 5 stars for this one, so I suppose it's 4.5 really. A lovely, well-told story, a real tear-jerker (with no sour taste of emotional manipulation). I particularly enjoyed how contemporary it is, with its focus on online socialising, while exploring timeless issues of illness and death through Samurai poetry. I really appreciated learning more about ALS and getting (what certainly felt like) a genuine insight into how it feels to have a chronic condition. A large part of the appeal for me in this book was that it offers something different, including the Japanese setting - and it most certainly delivered. I would definitely recommend this to many teen readers. There will be a fuller review shortly, but do look out for this book - it publishes at the e... morend of this month.
review 2: Actual Rating: 4.5This book was one of my most highly anticipated YA debuts this year and I really enjoyed it. It was a real, raw and heart wrenching story about a young man, his illness, his loved ones, and life and death. I read it in practically one sitting and I was engaged throughout. I liked how it was set in Kyoto, Japan, and was narrated by a character with ALS. Look out for my full review closer to the release date! Source: Edelweiss less
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4.5. I am a sobbing mess.People are going to love this book.
This is such a beautiful, unique book.
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