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Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

September 20, 2014
By AWriterOfWords DIAMOND, Hamburg, New Jersey
AWriterOfWords DIAMOND, Hamburg, New Jersey
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What happens when you are a teenager and find yourself in hospice? This is the storyline behind Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon. The novel focuses on Richard who is a typical teenage boy, only he is destined to die. Knowing his fate, Richard decides to live each of his last days to the fullest to make his life count, which starts with Sylvie- a teenage girl who is also in hospice with him. But what happens when they plan things that are not part of the typical protocol for the hospice? That can only be answered by reading the book to find out how Richard manages to live life to the fullest.


This book is not like The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, which focused on the romantic aspects of dying. SUTHY takes place in a hospice, which means it is a short time left to live, where TFIOS focuses on the real world. Seamon’s book is told in first-person perspective which makes it realistic as it embraces a true teenager’s life- the focus on fun, partying, drinking, and sex; therefore, the two books cannot be compared due to the differences in their storylines.


Personally, I think that SUTHY is a more realistic account of the frustration and pain of being so young and knowing you will die. Due to the nature of this book, I would not recommend the book to anyone under the age of fifteen due to the content. Seamon truly presented a different perspective than Green, but each is unique in their own way. If anyone enjoyed TFIOS, I would recommend this book for them to read to see how the two books differ and which they would enjoy me.  SUPTY receives a 2.5/5 stars, but is a quick read for anyone due to the simplistic vernacular.


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