5 out of 5 Stars
Eighteen-year-old Oliver Bishop has just received life-changing news, or possibly life-ending news. Numb to his new diagnosis, he tries to process his feelings by being a normal kid. But a visit to his favorite diner becomes anything but normal when he meets quirky Hannah. She just may give him the push he needs to fight, and a reason to live.
Where We Fell is a young adult romance with a backdrop of drama in the form of a cancer diagnosis. It may sound like a sad tale, but this story is truly uplifting even when dealing with such a difficult subject. It certainly has its moments of being heart-wrenching, so keep your tissues handy, but the diagnosis and illness are secondary to the theme of living your life and not just existing in it.
This story was very well written, and I fell in love with both main characters. Hannah’s quirky personality was contagious, and she kept Oliver on his toes. She wasn’t overly sexual, but it was the story of an eighteen-year-old boy so don’t expect him to not be interested. Oliver was confused with his feelings on life in general, then Hannah came along and he found something to fight for. What I really liked was that it wasn’t just Hannah he wanted to live for; he was able to find his happiness in life with a few simple goals.
The novella was simple, sweet, and I absolutely loved it. I look forward to reading more by Amber L. Johnson.