The Last Leaves Falling
A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this devastatingly beautiful debut novel infused with the haunting grace of samurai death poetry and the noble importance of friendship.Abe Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), he’s... show more
A teen grapples with ALS and his decision to die in this devastatingly beautiful debut novel infused with the haunting grace of samurai death poetry and the noble importance of friendship.Abe Sora is going to die, and he’s only seventeen years old. Diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), he’s already lost the use of his legs, which means he can no longer attend school. Seeking a sense of normality, Sora visits teen chat rooms online and finally finds what he’s been longing for: friendship without pity.As much as he loves his new friends, he can’t ignore what’s ahead. He’s beginning to lose the function of his hands, and soon he’ll become even more of a burden to his mother. Inspired by the death poems of the legendary Japanese warriors known as samurai, Sora makes the decision to leave life on his own terms. And he needs his friends to help him.
Publish date: 2015-05-05
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
My god, this book is so beautiful and depressing, more so than most books I've read in my life. Don't read this if you're feeling down.It's a story of a teenage boy who's been diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative disease with no cure with only 2 years to live. As the book progresses, his disease slowl...
This book is amazing. It was such a peaceful and fulfilling read. I wish I could just write my review with a blank page with floating butterflies, kind words fleeting across the page and Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World (one of my favorite songs) in the background. Why? Because in the ...
If you hadn't heard about Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) before last summer, you'll probably know it now thanks to all the attention that went into the Ice Bucket Challenge. It was of course only a matter of time before there would be books about it as well. And I thoroughly believe it's a good...
Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!I didn't love the book, but I really liked it. This was in no way the fault of the characters or the story about ALS. It was however about other things.For instance, the story takes place in Japan (at least I am guessing this since t...