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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee

The Kidney Hypothetical by Lisa Yee
"Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it's on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs's older brother Jeffrey, in fact.

But something's not right. And when Higgs's girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he'd give her a kidney . . . the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life. . ."- summary from Amazon

It's been a while since I've read a Yee book but I do enjoy her books when I do read them. This one is no different. It's a very funny, engaging book with a poignant climax about being yourself and doing what you want to do rather than what your parents or what society tells you to do. A lot of things become exposed during this worst week for Higgs and Yee reveals each one deftly and emotionally; Higgs' whole life becomes unraveled and he has to question what really matters in life and how to get it for himself for once. I didn't like how Nick and Higgs' friendship played out throughout the book and how Samantha ordered Nick's life around; it seemed kind of odd and maybe kind of forced to keep Higgs alone and an outsider for the majority of the novel.

Overall though, it is a quick, pleasant read and I do hope Yee writes more YA soon!

FTC: Borrowed book from local library. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.

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