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The A to Z of You and Me by [Hannah, James]
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This book is the winner of an Observer 'New Face of Fiction 2015' and an Amazon Rising Star 2015. It is longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction 2015. 
"Genuinely one of the best books I've ever read." (Lisa Jewell). 
"Spare, poignant and with a quirky charm all of its own, it reminds us how kind people can be." (Rachel Joyce). 
"Absolutely bloody heartrending. Hannah's eccentric style is never mawkish and often wonderfully funny." (The Times).  
"Hannah writes with emotional acuity. Warm, wry, thoughtful and devastating in places, this is a life-enhancing missive from death's door." (The Sunday Times). 
This is a striking literary debut of love and mortality perfect for fans of quirky, heart-wrenching fiction like Nathan Filer, David Nicholls and Rachel Joyce. Ivo has all kinds of everyday joy in his life - he's young, he's in love, he has friends who promise to stand by him if life ever goes wrong. Then one day, life does go wrong. He makes a mistake, and it's big and unforgiveable. Now time is running out and his life is falling apart. But he's going to put it together again. His own way.
This is a story about how far love must stretch to gather a life in pieces. And how strong friendship never dies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2134 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (12 March 2015)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PI0P0RU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Firstly, I can't believe that there were so few reviews for this novel as I was writing. It's a good and clever debut .
Read it!
This novel centers around a terminally sick young man, Ivo, playing a simple game (suggested by a nurse for the purpose of distraction) while awaiting his death. He has to name a part of the human anatomy for every letter in the alphabet and follow this with a positive memory or anecdote that relates to the body part.
As you can imagine, countless things arise from this game. He ends up re-evaluating many aspects of his life. His youth, people he loved in all its various forms, his regrets, his hates, the guilty issues, the mistakes etc. Through this the reader learns how he arrived at this very final destination.
The thing that I like most about this work is its lack of over sentimentality. That is not to say it didn't raise my emotions, because it certainly did. There were a few tears.
There are some characters that readers probably won't like, but I thought that they were quite realistic when it comes to real life events and interactions. The world harbors people that are not likeable and it's nice to see them make appearances in literature however frustrating they may make you..
This book is two things: it is a tale about living and dying. But it is also about the things in-between – a tragic love story, accomplished with both humor, poignancy and a touch of kindness.
Although the structure can seem obvious as you travel the terminal journey, it didn't seem that way when reading because the writing is most accomplished in its own very unique way.
I found the novel full of hope in an odd way. It made me think, as I pieced the puzzle of his life together through the letters in the alphabet.
And it all began with A for Adam's apple.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but predictable and a little manipulative 5 June 2017
By KCel - Published on Amazon.com
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The writing style was refreshing and fun, and some of the characters were likable and memorably drawn. However, as the book progressed it grew increasingly hard to "root" for Ivo, who lacks both agency and virtue. I also really dislike authors having characters talk cryptically about events in their past as a way to build suspense and keep readers interested. It's suspense cheaply gotten, and this book almost entirely hinges on this device. I was less interested in the protagonist's past relationship with his girlfriend - who never becomes a full-fledged character in her own right but remains at the level of too-good-to-be-true quirky artsy do-gooder - than with his own present coming to terms with his past - and that never really happens. He wallows in memory and that's about it. And I really did not like the ending. Again, a resolution too cheaply attained, both for the author and for his protagonist.
4.0 out of 5 stars I wept! 29 August 2016
By Madeline E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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{Many thanks to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of The A to Z of You and Me in exchange for an honest review. [...]

First, go grab a box of tissues, then go pick up The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah. It starts with the main character, Ivo, getting settled into a hospice. Given that setting, the ending is not a surprise, but getting there is a provocative and touching journey.

One of the nurses recommends that Ivo play a game to keep his mind busy. She suggests that he work his way through the alphabet, picking a body part and associated memory for each letter. This results in a chapter per letter and some jumping around between memories and Ivo's hospice experience.

Don't get the impression that this book is all descriptions of shiny happy memories of Ivo's past. It's not. We learn about Ivo's childhood, the friendships that defined his life, and the love that changed him.

I was brought to tears not once, but twice when reading this novel, but didn't leave it feeling depressed. I left it feeling like life is not just black and white. Instead, it's complicated, messy, and still worth celebrating.
2.0 out of 5 stars Life over 30 April 2017
By Linda Churchill - Published on Amazon.com
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Book confusing due to jumping all around do different times in his life. I did not get a real understanding of the characters. I did enjoy Shelia, who seemed to really care. Enjoyed alphabet usage
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific parts - good overall 1 September 2016
By LDLewis - Published on Amazon.com
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Some terrific sections and some that were more mundane. The terrific made this book worth the effort - memories of specific events that really show how pieces of life make the person a hole.
My only complaint (going from 5 stars to 4) was the ending. It didn't fit with the overall feel of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautifully written book 21 January 2017
By Deborah Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully written book. Death is inevitable for all of us and the in true form, at the end, we contemplate the things we could have done differently. This book is wonderful. Touching, heartbreaking and teaches us that forgiveness is also inevitable..