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Thursday, August 29, 2013

[ARC REVIEW] Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Somebody Up There Hates You

Author: Hollis Seamon
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Algonquin Young Readers
Source: Publisher through Netgalley
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Chemo, radiation, a zillion surgeries, watching my mom age twenty years in twenty months: if that’s part of the Big Dude’s plan, then it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Somebody Up There Hates You.

SUTHY has landed me here in this hospice, where we—that’s me and Sylvie—are the only people under 30 in the whole place, sweartogod. But I’m not dead yet. I still need to keep things interesting. Sylvie, too. I mean, we’re kids, hospice-hostages or not. We freak out visitors; I get my uncle to sneak me out for one insane Halloween night. Stuff like that. And Sylvie wants to make things even more interesting. That girl’s got big plans.

Only Sylvie’s father is so nuclear-blasted by what’s happened to his little girl, he glows orange, I swear. That’s one scary man, and he’s not real fond of me. So we got a major family feud going on, right here in hospice. DO NOT CROSS line running down the middle of the hall, me on one side, her on the other. It’s crazy.

In the middle of all of this, really, there’s just me and Sylvie, a guy and a girl. And we want to live, in our way, by our own rules, in whatever time we’ve got. We will pack in some living before we go, trust me.



*I received a free e-ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Who said a cancer book should only be sad and depressing? Definitely not Hollis Seamon. SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU was more than that.

It is always a tragedy when someone so young suffers from something cruel like cancer. Richard Casey might be dying but he sure as hell isn’t going down without a fight.


SUTHY gives voice to the millions of kids and teenagers suffering from cancer – or any kind of terminal disease – around the world. It gives us a view of how a 17-year-old hospice patient thinks and feels. Some of the things that Richard did were just stupid, careless and insensitive, but this book is as real as it can get. I felt a kind of sick amusement reading about Richard’s schemes. I don’t totally approve but I must admit they’re kinda funny. I liked Richard’s angst and feistiness. His love for Sylvie does not justify his actions and although I may not understand how it feels to be young and sick, he and Sylvie earned my sympathy. Could we really blame them for wanting to be a normal teenager?

SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU did not make me cry. Part of me was disappointed that I did not even tear up; part of me was actually relieved that it’s different from other tearjerker cancer books. It was good but I didn’t find it exceptional. Definitely worth the try, though.



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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a perfect book to get from the library. Great review!

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