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Plank's Law by Lesley Choyce

The Book ✯✯✯✯✯

Fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Tuesdays with Morrie will absolutely and utterly enjoy this quirky, real, raw look at a boy becoming a man with an expiration date. He starts out with a very short, and incredibly immature bucket list to get drunk, to get high, to drive a Lamborghini, to get arrested, and to get a girlfriend.

Everything changes when Trevor stands atop a cliff, contemplating ending it all, and meets the wise old man the book is named after. With Plank's guidance, he takes a chance on a girl he met in the hospital and everything in Trevor's world is changed.

Y'all. My heart is so happy with this little gem. It really is little. It rook me all of three hours to read. It's almost short enough for me to consider it a short story. But that doesn't take away from the life lessons to be learned from a terminally ill teenager and a crotchety old man.

We learn to live life every day, a day at a time. There is no reason to get bogged down in worries because it will only steal the joy that today might be offering you. Plank's Law gets into the nitty gritty of life and death and how to live and does it beautifully. Though this certainly will resonate more with teens (and should seriously be on a required reading list), there are lessons for adults sprinkled throughout.

READ THIS ONE. Now. Just... just do it. When life smacks you around, it's gems like this that remind you how to actually, truly, fully live. I never thought anyone would come close to Tuesdays, but Choyce did.

Thank you to NetGalley, Lesley Choyce, and Orca Book Publishers for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


  1. You've made me want to drop everything and read this - even though I rarely YA.

    1. It's a sweet, quick story. I read YA often and get pretty frustrated with the younger thinking. This was anything but.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Hmm, the crotchety old man comment immediately made me think of A Man Called Ove. I may have to check this book out to see if that random conclusion was accurate.

    Great review.


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