The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah
(Excerpt from Goodreads) He 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 back together again. His own way.
This is a story about how far love must stretch to gather a life in pieces — and about how a strong friendship never dies.
Ivo is 40 years old and in hospice. He has diabetes but when he was younger he didn’t take care of himself. No one comes to visit him and he is clearly depressed. But a hospice nurse, Sheila challenges him with the A to Z game to keep him sharp. He is to think of a body part then a memory. Follow along as Ivo remembers good times and bad, loses, and love.
This is a great story. At times it is sad as Ivo remembers the loss of his father to cancer and how others brought him sorrow. But then there are the good times, like his love of Mia. I loved Sheila, she is the perfect nurse. She knows when to draw Ivo out and when to let him thing and be quiet.
Although this story is bittersweet as we see Ivo remember the different events in his life. It is a good story and one that I think many will like.
I received The A to Z of You and Me for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.