A Sweet YA Romance
4 out of 5 stars
Going into this I know that it isn’t written for me since I’m not a young adult anymore. That being said, I still wanted to listen to it for a couple of reasons. One of them was that it talked about a rare disease I’d never heard of and I wanted to learn more about it.
The disease featured in the book is Batten. I won’t go into the details of Batten but upon doing some quick research I found a great resource at NINDS (part of NIH) that you can see here. The disease is what the main character is dealing with throughout the entire book.
I didn’t realize that I don’t read/listen to a lot of books from this perspective (written in first-person). Haley is basically narrating her perfect summer throughout The Rift In Our Reality. The point of view is a 17-year-old but it felt more like it could have been 14 or so. I say this because there were just some childish points of view that Haley had on things that didn’t sit right with me from a 17-year-old.
The book itself was good. It was definitely in the vein of The Fault in Our Stars (and another movie I just watched recently, Five Feet Apart). It tells of the romance that blossoms between someone and someone who is sick and very well may be dying.
Unfortunately, maybe because I’m older and I remember relationships like this one – but I didn’t really like the main male character, Matt. He reminded me a bit of some of the girls I dated in high school (so that’s a plus from Proebstel there) but those people are featured strongly in positive memories from that era. He felt borderline controlling and definitely rubbed me the wrong way from time-to-time. Not enough to completely turn me off from the book but I was a bit surprised. I think that Proebstel was trying to write a story that was sweet but not overly so. It was much more believable than I expected going into it.
Overall, a YA budding romance book that I did enjoy. A quick read that I flew through. And a rare disease I’d never heard of made this an interesting and enjoyable story.
The Rift In Our Reality by Amy Proebstel
Narrator: Heather Masters
Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
Published by Cavaliers Publishing on June 3rd 2019
Genres: Romance, YA
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Perfect for the listeners of Midnight Sun by Trish Cook and John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
Winning means staying alive. Losing means giving up. I’m not a quitter. That’s why I’m still alive when every doctor agrees I shouldn’t be. Dealt a horrid genetic deck of cards, I live with Batten disease. It’s rare, incurable, and always fatal.
Since my diagnosis, my parents, family, and doctors have worked tirelessly to find a cure. Yet the disease still took things from me...mostly my eyesight and my energy.
But I refuse to give it my happiness.
At almost 17, I’m still ticking off the boxes of my dream bucket list. I’ll keep pushing for the seeing-eye dog...but only because romance seems too far-fetched. A girl can dream. Right?
Maybe this summer will be different.
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