Author: S. A. Harazin
Length: 272 Pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Published Date: March 11th 2015
Gender: Fiction, Young Adult & Contemporary
Rating: ★★★.5( 3.5 OUT OF 5).
DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange of an honest review Via Netgalley. Thank you Albert Whitman & Company.
In Painless we follow David, who has exceeded his life expectancy by being careful and book-smart. He was diagnosed with CIPA (Congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis) which means he can’t feel any type of pain, or temperature changes. He doesn’t produce sweat or tears. And he’s 17 years old with parents who left him when he was a kid and grandparents who gave their life for him. But now at 17 when all his friends (Well, his couple of friends) are leaving for college he’s starting to re think his shelter situation, especially now that his grandmother is in no way or conditioned able to take care of him and the threats of being send to a Watched community are being dropped left and right; He has to either grow up and show his responsibility or follow the plan and expectations set for him. All of this while a girl he never saw coming gives him a different view of the world he’s living in. But can she have her own secrets?
That is the first word that comes to mind when I think about this book. But simple as in the way it was written, in a careful, simple way that took me a little while to get in to the story but once I did, it was almost magical. I was a little exptical at the beginning of the book but I after I got to know David and care for him I was rotting for him from the bottom of my heart. He’s being living his life under the microscope, always afraid of what might happen if he steps out of the line. He HAS to be careful if not, death is the consequence. This story is so sweet. He is such a lovely character and although he didn’t really have the best social skills he could be endearing.
The side characters where real and the situations in which he found himself where real. Honest. At no moment if felt impossible what was happening. Luna was great even when she was being a B@#$% , Spencer was also a little @@#$ to me at times but I could understand why he would do what he did, Clarissa? I really don’t like her. But Nana, I can’t stress enough how much I like her; Not her part on the book, since it was really painful to read but what’s he did for David for so long.
The plot was so good. Throughout the book there where couple moments when you knew what was probably going to happen and those moments kept you on your toes. But the moment that killed me where those last chapters. THAT last chapter. This author could really do another book based on the same characters, I would say it was a cliffhanger but at the same time of lest you with some type of closure, even when more questions where provoked.
So what is this book about you ask me? It’s about realizing that life is meant to be lived and not always planned. It’s about not focusing on our problems so much when so many people have it worst that we do. It’s about letting go of things that damage you, and realizing that family is a lot of people who you never thought would be.
Most importantly is about loving what you have.