[e-ARC] Review: Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce

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**Thank you to Orca Books Publishers, who provided me with an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Details & Summary:

Title: Plank’s Law
Author: Lesley Choyce
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Release Date: September 12th 2017
Pages: 179

Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live.
One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is -just live.- This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara–the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.
With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.

My thoughts…

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.

Rating

5 thoughts on “[e-ARC] Review: Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce

  1. Oh I’m so sorry you didn’t like this one, Lauren. I hadn’t heard about it before and from the synopsis only, it sounded like an interesting story. I’m sorry it fell and that the characters weren’t given enough time to grow properly. It’s a shame, the book sounded interesting :/ Hope your next read will be better! ❤

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    • It’s always disappointing when you read a book that completely falls through but that’s the way it is sometimes. They can’t all be good 🙂
      And, to be honest, they’re good lessons for me as an aspiring writer. It helps me figure out why a book does or doesn’t work
      Having said that, yes, I hope my next read is better 😀

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