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review 2018-03-18 16:38
Funny and Heartwarming Book by Spalding
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

Please note that I got this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating of this book.

 

So I have pretty much loved about every Nick Spalding book I have read. There have been two misses for me, but for the most part he is always enjoyable. In his latest we follow 33 year old Nathan James who though he has about everything to live for (has a fat bank account and a hot girlfriend) is told that he is an inoperable brain tumor.

 

Spalding has Nick going through some of the stages that you would see someone go through if someone died (hello Mr. Anger) as well as him trying to find meaning in his life by trying to find those left fortunate than him (the donkey sanctuary scene had me in hysterics). Ultimately though, Nick realizes that no matter what he does, he eventually is going to die, he just needs to determine how he plans on living until that occurs. 

 

I adored Nick. Usually Spalding's book has a double POV. For this one we stay firmly in Nick's head the whole time. What works though is though you may realize that Nick is a little bit superficial (okay a lot) there is no maliciousness in him. So when he gets his diagnosis you do feel as much grief as the character does. When Nick goes around breaking the news to his family and girlfriend, Spalding still manages to mix the absurd with the tragic so you will find yourself torn between tears of sympathy and laughter while reading. 

 

The secondary characters were really good. Nick's mother and her sculptures sounds like the stuff of nightmares. And heck at least Nick realizes that his girlfriend though hot is terrible. There is another love interest in this one that I really did enjoy and thought worked well. I do wish that we had been able to spend more time with Nick's cousin and her son, there seemed to be a lot going on there. Maybe Spalding will follow up with a second book since there are still some loose ends to follow up on in this one. 

 

The writing was great. I had tissues nearby due to some sniffles, but also because I laughed so hard I cried three times while reading this book. The flow was great. Spalding tops off the top of each chapter with the month so you know how much time has passed. That is important cause a doctor Nick sees initially mentions 6 months for him to live.


The book takes place in England. There are some mentions of Trump and his terribleness in this one, so apparently taking place in our current timeline. I did have a question about something though. Spalding via Nick mentions at one point downloading the Uber app to his phone. I didn't think Uber could operate in England?


The book ends on a bittersweet note. I like that Spalding didn't try for some third act deus ex machina. 

 

Please note that I read this book for The (Mostly) Dead Writer's Society 52 week challenge: March 12-18: Green cover. 

 

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text 2018-03-18 16:11
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

So funny though the last little bit was heartbreaking. Did love the ending, but really wanted some unbelievable third act miracle though.

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text 2018-03-18 13:24
Reading progress update: I've read 66%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

I think I hurt myself laughing. I am laughing so hard I have tears. Poor Nathan has just been beaten up by a small orange cross eyed donkey that then gets amorous with him. 

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text 2018-03-18 12:17
Reading progress update: I've read 37%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

Nathan is the creator behind a children's show/group called The Foodies and the songs are the stuff of nightmares. After signing a deal that will leave him wealthy he ends up suffering an attack while trying to talk dirty to his girlfriend (yes I laughed through that whole scene).  After seeing a doctor and finding out he has a tumor that will ultimately kill him, Nathan is left telling his family and girlfriend about his diagnosis. So far we get to see him going through anger and now depression. The book is funny though, Spalding has a great way of writing humorous scenes even when things are going terribly for Nathan.

 

 

I just realized this book fits this week's 52 week challenge (the cover is green) so going to read for that. 

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text 2018-03-18 02:12
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Checking Out - Nick Spalding

Yeah moving on to Spalding!

 

Starting a buddy read with Cody tomorrow, "The Dark Half" and decided to use that book for kill your darlings cause I have nothing that fits for Pemberly.

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