Blog Tour & Giveaway | Out of Reach by Missy Johnson (@missycjohnson)

23 May 2014


Pages: 207

Andy and I had been best friends since we were eight-years old. Watching him slowly fade away, ever closer to his final breath, made me so incredibly angry. I knew there was nothing I could do to change it--I had given in to despair, but Andy had not. He had one last hand to play. He wasn't going to simply sit back and wait for Death to claim him--not Andy. He was going to live life until he couldn't hold his eyes open any longer.

Andy didn't want to die in some sterile hospital and asked me to take him and Emily to the beach. It would be our last road trip together.

Emily. Emily was a problem for me. I harbored a secret that would have torn our friendship apart. I was in love with Andy's girl, and had been since she'd walked into our sixth grade class, so many years ago.

So what kind of person am I? My best friend is dying, and it's awful--but my heart still aches for his girl. I hate myself for thinking beyond Andy's death and whether there could ever be a future for Emily and I, but I can't help it. I love her.


Wow. Just wow. I absolutely adored reading this book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. The way it was written, the story it told and the heartbreak of all three of the central characters was amazing on all levels.  I could also relate to this book on a very personal level so I could see just how truthful it was to what losing someone to cancer is like.

I loved how Andy, despite having weeks to live made his last weeks about his girlfriend, Emily and his best friend, Seth. He wanted them to have amazing memeories of him and their time together. You see, Andy had a bucketlist for them to complete and he was there for most of it while he could be.

The first half of this book tells you the story of Andy's last week up to the point where Andy's life ends. This whole section of the book was so emotional, you could feel Emily, Andy and Seth's pain, their fear of losing one of their number and for Seth and Emily, the fear of moving on after Andy passes. Andy tries to help as much as he can, knowing full well that Seth loves Emily and that there are feelings within Emily and he wanted them to find each other. 

I'll warn you there will be points where you will have tears streaming down your face and there will be times when you're laughing out loud that's what saves this section of the book. When writing something like this it's very easy for authors to weigh everything down with the heavy but Missy has the perfect share of both agony and relief.

 When Andy does die it is such a heart wrenching moment and I had to put my kindle down for a few hours just to recoup before I moved on. The end of Andy's life really hit me and was so beautifully written if such a thing can be termed as beautifully written. 

The second half of the book is about Seth and Emily moving on and coming together as a couple, I really loved this section, getting to see them help each other with thier loss and eventually coming together always knowing that Andy will always be there.  At the start, not long after Andy's death, Emily receives a parcel from Andy containing a bracelet so he can be there with her through all the milestones he will miss I smiled like a goon and cried a lot too, it meant he would always be there and later, when Seth adds to this bracelet with a charm that contains some of Andy it was such a beautiful moment. He really always be with Emily.

The ending to this book really was lovely, I loved how Emily wrote to Andy about how her life was now with and where it was going. It really was the perfect end to a well written book.

About the Author:

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pet (a dog who thinks she's a cat, a cat who thinks he's a dog... you get the picuture).

When she's not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.


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