**Thank you to Orca Books Publishers, who provided me with an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Details & Summary:
I requested this book because of the premise. The book promised a story about self-discovery and “living your life to the fullest”. Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me.
Plank’s Law was simply too short and simple to leave any sort of impact on me. The characters were all rather two-dimensional. They never felt like anything more than “sick kids” which is a real shame because I feel like that’s what the author tried to show us. That kids who are (terminally) ill are not unlike you and me. We all have hopes and dreams for our lives and we’re all trying to fulfill them and live a good, happy life (no matter how long our life might be). It’s a great message – albeit not the most original one as “sick lit” has been popular for quite a while now – but it never came across due to poor character development. For me, the characters felt like rough drafts–outlines of the fully formed characters in the author’s mind. They felt like ghosts of the characters he wanted them to be.
I think the number one reason why I didn’t connect to the characters was because they weren’t given enough time to grow and develop. There were simply not enough pages (or plot) for them to go from characters in a story to real people you can imagine living and breathing in the real world. I had an additional problem with Sara. I liked her at the start, I really did, but I lost all connection with her when she asked Trevor to have sex with her and possibly get her pregnant. I’m sorry, but I don’t see how anyone at the age of sixteen and battling cancer could possibly have such a thought.
The writing wasn’t bad, but I didn’t feel particularly polished either. Again, the books feels more like a first or second draft that could’ve been a lot better if properly developed.