You’ve found the home for the YA novel, Never Eighteen, by Megan Bostic. Here you’ll find the story behind the story, information about the characters, the travels and read reviews.
Never Eighteen will be released from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt January 17th, 2012 and is already available online for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell’s, and Indie Bound.
I had the dream again. The one where I’m running. I don’t know what from or where to, but I’m scared, terrified really.
Austin Parker is never going to see his eighteenth birthday. At the rate he’s going, he probably won’t even see the end of the year. But in the short time he has left there’s one thing he can do: He can try to help the people he loves live—even though he never will.
It’s probably hopeless.
But he has to try.
“Poignant, romantic, and uplifting. Every emotion rings true, and the characters — even the minor ones — are well-drawn and memorable. You’ll love riding along with Austin and Kaylee on a journey to the center of the heart.”~ R.A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name
“Austin Parker has mere months to set right all the problems in the lives of those he loves, and Megan Bostic has a classic weepie on her hands. She keeps the pages turning, but it’s your job to keep tissues at hand!”
~ Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and Shadow Walkers
“Bostic writes this graceful, affecting tale without pretension, simply by focusing on Austin himself. She avoids the maudlin, merely writing a boy who knows what he wants and showing his family and his friends as they move toward the final scenes. Perhaps it’s because of that simplicity that the story concludes with such a powerful emotional punch.
There won’t be many dry eyes at the end of this extremely affecting story.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
“This reviewer was impressed with this first offering from Bostic. Her story is simple yet resonates with the reader. It is easy to connect with Austin because his journey is honorable. He is not trying to “fix” the people in his life; instead he attempts to open their eyes to the reality of each individual situation. Bostic’s narrative is concise, chapters are short, and the story never lags. Her story is sad, like so many others in today’s world of YA literature, but it is real and pulls no punches. Put this in the hands of teens who are drawn to contemporary YA fiction. They are the ones who will enjoy this novel the most.” ~Jonatha, Basye, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates