Review | 18 Things by Jamie Ayres (@jamiemayres)

06 June 2016


Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 246

Olga Gay Worontzoff thinks her biggest problems are an awful name and not attending prom with Conner, her best friend and secret crush since kindergarten.

Then, Conner is killed in a freak boating accident and Olga feels responsible for his death.

When she downs an entire bottle of pills to deal with the emotional pain, her parents force her into counseling. There, her therapist writes a prescription in the form of a life list titled “18 Things”: eighteen quests to complete the year of her eighteenth birthday.

But there’s more to Olga’s quests than meets the eye and when her therapist reveals a terrifying secret, her world is shaken.

There’s only one thing she knows for certain: her choices won’t just affect her future, but all eternity.

PSA: Sorry for being MIA! I have been binging The Walking Dead the last few weeks so my poor book's have been neglected #bookbloggerfail 

I picked up this book a little while ago and finally thought I would give it a read. This book has an amazing premise and starts off well: Olga is in love with her best friend and loses him in a freak accident. 

Olga has never bee a popular member of the school body but the death of Connor means she becomes even more unpopular. It seems everyone, aside from her friends in the Jedi Order, hate her and blame her for Connor's death. 

Finding it hard to cope, Olga makes a decision that is going to change her life forever, she attempts to take her own life and after that point her life takes an unexpected turn. Following her suicide attempt, her parent's book therapy for her and her therapist asks her to make a list of 18 Things she wants to accomplish before her eighteenth birthday. 

From that point on her life becomes completing the list and her friends help but she also becomes friends with her enemy through the process and learns things that blow her assumptions of Tammy out of the water. With the help of her group of friends and Nate, a guy she meets through therapy, Olga starts to move on and what follow was a great read of friendship and overcoming pain and less to move on and become a person you never thought you could be. 

See, Connor wasn't just her best friend but the love of her life and she fells completely lost without him but Nate is there with her every step of the way and she starts to fall for him but can't find the courage to tell him even though she regrets having never told Connor. I was rooting for her the entire time and wanted her to tell him so badly! 

Working through her list of 18 Things, Olga does things she never thought she would and has the help of her friends and Nate. One of my favourite things that comes out of this book was how Olga goes from being an outcast to being welcomed by the school and embraced by them and how they rally around her list and create their own lists. I loved that aspect of the book and seeing how it helps Olga overcome what has happened to her. 

The thing that stops me giving this book is the ending, you go through the book waiting for the paranormal aspect to come through and it never does then WHAM it hits and you don't have much time to process that aspect of that book and just as Olga wraps her head around it the book ends. It all just felt a bit rushed and I think the reveal would have been better earlier one so there's more processing time, both for the characters and for the readers.

1 comment:

  1. I don't know. The story sounds incomplete. I probably would left hanging as well.


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