Waiting On Wednesday (87)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

No Sad Songs
Frank Morelli
Fish Out of Water Books, February 2018
General Fiction, Young Adult

From the publisher—

Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men. Aside from John, the only person who truly understands Gabe is Sofia, a punk-rocking rebel he meets at the veteran’s hospital. When these three unlikely friends are faced with a serious dilemma, will they do what it takes to save Grandpa? If there’s a chance of preserving the final shreds of Grandpa’s dignity, Gabe may have to make the most gut-wrenching decision of his life—and there’s no way out.

Why am I waiting so eagerly? The premise of a highschooler having to take responsibility for an aging relative with dementia while still wanting to actually enjoy all the aspects of being a highschooler really intrigues me. Site unseen, so to speak, I already have a lot of admiration and sympathy for this boy forced to become a man early on and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens to deep family bonds under so much pressure.

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