A mother and father both wanting what is best for their critically ill child but coming to different conclusions about the path ahead...
Max and Pip Adams love each other and their young son but when they cannot agree on the way forward, it is up to a London court to rule on Dylan's treatment.
With alternating chapters presenting both possible outcomes of this decision, this is a clever and moving story with emotional heft that explores the consequences of an impossible choice.
Not all of the group read this book, due to the subject matter. Those of us who did had mixed opinions - particularly about the writing style. It did spark a good discussion.
A 'well crafted' book. A brave topic to explore, however the author's understanding gives empathy and understanding to this writing. The biggest discussion point was the alternative choices presented - it was enjoyed by all, although the second half was a complex read.
We all rated the first half of this book quite highly - such a traumatic, painful subject. It was well-written without being sentimental. However, none of us liked the confusing second half. We found it rather "gimmicky" and very annoying!
The group were confused by the ending, and this led to a lot of discussion. While the jumping between characters in the storyline led to some confusion, others liked it.
A well-written and thought provoking book that caused a great deal of discussion. Enjoyed by all our group with most struggling with 'adult pick-a-path' type chapters in the latter half of the book. Very cleverly constructed!
We had a very heartfelt discussion. We felt we could relate to this story even though the topic was confronting for us.
This gave you the narrative from both sides, and we talked about how difficult these decisions are and how it has a massive effect on all those involved.
It was a bit mixed. The book was confusing for most of us as it went backwards and forwards in time. Only half the group finished it.
Varied response to this book. Resulted in good discussion.
A sad book - difficult to appreciate the positions of Pip and Max (or even Leila!) as none of us have been in their position. Without the emotional involvement we all thought we were on Pip's side. Well-written though a bit of confusion about when Dylan died!