Anna Winters is beautiful, reckless and entirely self-absorbed. She spends more time thinking up reasons to call in sick to school than she does studying for her A levels. She shies away from her family, from responsibility from anything in fact that doesn't involve peach cider and endless parties with her friend Jules. Anna assumes that her headaches are an inconvenient symptom of her wild lifestyle, until a doctor tells her that she has cancer. As a terrifying black cloud descends upon her, Anna finds solace in Michael, another patient in the oncology ward. Michael shows Anna a chink of light in the darkness and sees beauty behind her illness and loves her sassy wit. He makes Anna forget she is ill. Michael recovers; but Anna s prospects worsen. And in emergency surgery, as she hovers between life and death, she is given a stark glimpse of why her life is so broken, and as she realises the simple fulfilment of being truly content, fears it may now be too late...
I loved this book from start to finish! The main character, Anna was spoilt, obnoxious and a right pain in the behind but it was such a joy to read her journey and share her "ups" and "downs" with her illness and falling in love with the handsome Michael. The relationship with her mother was difficult to digest due to Anna being such a cow towards her, but when you find out the reason why Anna's mother has been so distant all these years, you understand a mother's true love for her daughter.
I found the pace of the storyline very easy going and witty. Anna behaved like such a "madam" but in the end her journey through her illness opened up her eyes to what really counts in life.
I enjoyed the relationship between Anna and Michael and was glad that he didn't give up on her by pushing Anna to show what true love looks and feels like . However, I was a bit disappointed that Anna didn't find out more about her father's violent and negative attitude towards her mother in order to confront him about it.
Overall, a wonderful book about life, love, life-changing decisions and what counts in life.
A definite 5 out of 5 stars!