When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs. So she convinces her best friend, Harvey, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge as it is about hope.
But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission, and now she must face the consequences of all she’s said and done.
I DNF’d this one at about 146 pages. I know a lot of people really like Julie Murphy and I did sort of enjoy the Netflix version of Dumplin BUT I have to say I haven’t been that impressed with the books I read. Dumplin was middle of the road for me and I really didn’t care for Ramona Blue, still the premises of this book interested me enough where I wanted to give it a try.
Why did I DNF.
It’s simple I hated the MC. To be fair, I don’t think Murphy wanted you to like Alice. She is suppose to be this bitter character. And she does do a fairly good job depicting her, it’s just that there’s nothing redeemable about Alice and I couldn’t really feel sympathy for her despite the fact she’s dealing with a lot of shit.
Harvey (the male MC) is just if not more unrelatable than Alice. Honestly, I thought he was even more so. With the Alice character I got her motive for her being the way she is. With Harvey, I don’t know why he was such a doormat. I get that he liked Alice, but come on…this girl was just mean. Sick or not. And the fact that she would randomly drop him like a hot potato…
I just couldn’t. I mean, I’m sure there were some interesting things there but after 140 the book was going no where except that I hated everyone. So DNF….