Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Make It Count by Tamar Sloan

Make It Count
Author: Tamar Sloan
Publication: Clean Reads (Oct. 10, 2017)

Description: Casey’s touch can reveal the one thing a person would never want to know — the number of days they have left to live.

By the time Casey turns seventeen, she’s learned to withdraw. But the phobia she fakes in order to avoid human contact is sorely tested by hot, persistent, motorcycle riding PJ. For a girl who craves contact, maple-eyed PJ is impossible to resist. When the inevitable happens; when hands, bodies and lips collide, Casey sees PJ's number, one that can only be seen as a cruel twist of fate.

Now she must decide. Will she continue counting the days of her life, or start living a life that counts?

With the memorable writing and humor of writers such as Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun blended with the attitude, chemistry and unexpected plot twists of Katie McGarry’s best sellers, Make it Count is a romance that will leave you swooning and smiling.

My Thoughts: Casey has a gift and has had it since she was a pre-schooler. When she touches someone, she sees the number of days that they have left to live. Trying to find a way around her younger sister's number yet having to watch her die in a freak accident when Casey was eleven has caused trauma for her whole family. She has become withdrawn, is homeschooled, and is very careful not to touch anyone outside of her family. Her younger brother, whose twin died, is withdrawn and still suffers from nightmares.

Everything changes when she meets a boy named PJ. She is immediately fascinated by him and he equally entranced with her. But starting anything would definitely break her rules. He is pretty persistent. But it isn't until Casey begins attending group therapy for phobias - at her mother's instigation, that she sees PJ again.

Things go pretty well for them. They meet on the beach in the late evenings and he doesn't say anything about the gloves she always wears. He even encourages her to take her younger brother to the mini motos track where he races. Being out among people is really hard for Casey but it is good for her younger brother Harry.

When the owners of the track threaten to close it, Casey gets involved in a fund-raising campaign to save it and PJ and the other older racers decided to do a demonstration to raise interest. Despite trying not to touch PJ, one day it accidentally happens and Casey learns that his number indicates he'll die during the demonstration. She doesn't see any choice but to try to convince him not to take part without telling him about her gift.

This was an engaging story with great characters. I would hate to have Casey's gift and admired her strategies to cope with it and her courage when she had to abandon those strategies. PJ was also a wonderful character who had so much potential that he felt he couldn't realize. I liked Casey's best friend Em who is the only one outside her family who knows about her gift and Ari, the therapist who was helping the kids overcome their phobias while battling one of her own.

The writing was smooth and lyrical without being flowery. I loved the dialog and the love that was visible in Casey's family.

Favorite Quote:
The thing is, we all have a number. For most of us it won't be 21, but it will still be a number. A countdown.

And they will all run out on some some square on the calendar.

Sometimes we forget that. So today, I want you to decided how you're going to live. What you're going to prioritise. What's going to matter.

And then darned well go and do it.
I received this one from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here.

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