by Bradon Nave
Release Date: February 16th 2016
For Jessie Kasper, inner turmoil hides behind the face of an overachiever… From the outside looking in, Jessie is a normal nineteen-year-old high school senior. Athletic, likeable, and seemingly well rounded, he’s every parent’s dream. However, Jessie is suffering from an unfathomable pain…the pain of loss. Sickness tears him apart from the inside out—but the illness is not his own. After cancer stole two of the most influential people in his life, Jessie is left to cope with his emotions. He struggles to make sense of his life’s cruelty, and is obsessed with the idea that he too will someday become ill and fall victim to the merciless disease. The first step to getting help is admitting there’s a problem… As his emotional state begins to spiral, Jessie finally seeks psychiatric help. That’s where he meets Kacey Monroe. She’s the most beautiful woman Jessie has ever laid eyes on, and she also knows the pain of loss. While they bond over their life experiences and mutual attraction, Jessie finds comfort in the normalcy of having a high school girlfriend. Jessie’s support system is not only shaken—it’s completely destructed as a revolting secret is exposed leaving his vulnerable psyche completely eviscerated. A split second decision completely alters Jessie’s life course in a way he can’t possibly comprehend. Hand in hand, he and Kacey are left to face the aftermath…or run.
Jessie Kasper is a novel that I have long been waiting for because it talks about anxiety. I know there are a lot of other novels that also talk about anxiety, but they all seem to be written by “main stream” authors.
If you read this and you are not aware how anxiety attacks or how a panic attack works, you might just judge Jessie Kasper for being the way he is. But as for me, I understand him. I do understand him because I also sometimes become too anxious up to the point that it eats my whole person.
I like how the story went. I like the plot. I love the characters! I just find it as somewhat not written well. I mean, don’t get me wrong! I loved it, but not how it was delivered. the characters did not connect to me that much. I know that Bradon Nave could have done the narration in a better way.
But, I’m still looking forward to the second book which is centered on Kacey’s point of view.
I still recommend that you read this if you love contemporary, young adult books.
About the Author
I live in Piedmont, Oklahoma with my wife and our two children. I have always loved writing, and finally decided to go for it. With the amazing resources available for emerging authors, it only makes sense to take advantage of them.
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