#BookReview ~ To Die To Live by Jason Hershey #BookBoost

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Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell is a down on his luck teenager, wandering aimlessly through life with no desire or focus. When tragedy strikes, he is taken in by his aunt and uncle. Thrown into a new school with unfamiliar surroundings, he befriends the class “troublemaker”. After yet another tragedy, will Theo fall victim to life, or use the tragedy as a spark and motivation to embrace all that life has to offer?

 

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1539041972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1539041979

About the Author

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Jason Hershey has been a teacher for 10 years, teaching everything from early childhood to high school. He has a BS in Elementary Education from Bethel College in Kansas. His love of writing was evident from an early age. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he now resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with his family. This is his first book.

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My Review

The simple concept of the title for this novella made me wonder if it would be far too sad or indeed shed a light on hope. 

Theo is a kid with issues, no doubt about it. His childhood has thrown him some of the worst deals imaginable. He gets to live with his Aunt and Uncle, starts a new school and the trauma that goes with being the ‘new’ kid. At this point I convinced myself the tragedy would be contending with the bullies. The utter sense of bewilderment going in each day and trying to blend into nothing just so they would leave him alone.

Then out of the blue along comes Draven, a kid who doesn’t talk much certainly doesn’t trust anyone and after coming to Theo’s aid one day they have no clue how to form a friendship. They bond over music and Theo helping Draven study. With time they blend together, Theo exploring colleges but Draven has no desire to leave the area or his Grandma.

As time goes on life becomes their new normal .. but again Theo is tested to the limits as events unfold.

This is a beautiful story of loss, friendship, trust and testing faith of any kind. As sad as it made me it also uplifted me, a sense of achievement being possible if you are determined. I’m looking forward to following Theo on his further travels.

Find someone to ignite your spark …. 

Thanks to Jason for reaching out to me and offering me an ARC stars-4-0-_v192197091_

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