Article Title

Ready to Fall


Emma Patton


Dependable, Young Adult, Grief, Cancer, Friendship, School, Hope

Document Type

Book Review


Max is grieving. His mom beat cancer once before, but when it came back, her good luck ran out. Max believes that when his mother died, the tumor that killed her had to find another host and, since Max was right beside her, the tumor has now taken up residence in his head. Max doesn't tell his father this, fearing that it will upset him. Because of some trouble in his old school, Max moves to a new, progressive school for a fresh start and a chance at allowing his artistic side to be nurtured. At this school, the world opens up to Max as he meets people who are each odd in their own particular way. With so many new experiences, Max must learn to trust the people around him and believe that if he falls, his community will catch him.