Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Review: Dessert First

Man, was this a hard book to read. I really need to stay away from sad books about cancer for a while. Just so you all know its the almost the 5th anniversary of my father in laws passing. He lost is long battle with cancer. So maybe this wasn't the best time to read this one.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It wasn't a bad book at all it just isn't something that was memerable. It was your typical YA book with all the same problems.


This was a solid 3-star book for me. 

Dessert First
by Dean Gloster
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2016
  • Genres: FamilyFictionYoung Adult 13+
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press
  • ISBN-10: 1440594546
  • ISBN-13: 9781440594540


When I first requested this book for review from Merit Press I was intrigued by the title and little blurb that went along with it. I have been wanting to read more YA, so I thought what the heck, go for it girl! Boy, did a bomb hit me when I learned it was about cancer.

My main issue with this book is content. This book would have been great if it was scaled back a bit. This story includes just about every storyline and the kitchen sink. Sometimes less is more. This time it needed to be a lot less.

In this book we see a brother facing cancer, lots of teen bullying and all sorts of school drama, then we have a catfisher, a potential suicide, and some high school crushes. That leads to a whole lot of drama. I am all for drama but not a book filled with it. I also felt like because there were so many issues they never got properly addressed or resolved. Some of them felt very rushed.


I never really connected with the main character Kat. She is sort of a drama queen, and very hard to like. I am always rooting for the victim but in this particular story, it was hard to really even feel much sympathy. I didn't like the way she treated people, regardless of the hard situations she was facing. We all go through hard times and that is not an excuse to lash out at people.

Overall,  this was just an okay book. I know this sounds completely negative, but I did enjoy many parts. This book wasn't for me sadly. Don't let that stop you from checking out this book at these awesome books stores. Remember this post contains affiliate links when you purchase a book from my link I earn a tiny commission that helps fund this little blog. Thank you for all your support.  Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Disclaimer: I received this book from Merit Press in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. All thoughts are my own and my review reflects that. 

Goodreads Description: 

Upbeat--that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance.

But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the task: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection--lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first.

Dessert First is a funny, moving story about coping, appreciating sweetness, and learning to forgive.



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