Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist

John Young

Price:
£3.99
Availability:
eBook

Quick Look

  • A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion
  • Terminally ill Connor Lambert sets off on a crazy tour across Scotland dodging the police, joy riding and looking for answers
  • Important new voice in Scottish literature
  • A brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters

Connor's dying, but he's not dead yet. With unlikely ally Skeates, he sets off on one last wild adventure -- a crazy tour across Scotland dodging the police, joy riding and looking for answers. A bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion.

Publisher:
Floris Books
Subject:
KelpiesEdge
Age Range:
From 14 years
Extent:
288 pages
ISBN:
9781782504498
Publication date:
20 Jul 2017
Series:
KelpiesEdge

Description

Quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert won't take it any longer: the bullying, the secrets, the sympathy. He's been dying from cancer for years, but he’s not dead yet. He's going down fighting.

Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy tour across Scotland -- dodging the police, joy riding and extreme partying -- to find Connor's dad, an inmate at Shotts prison.

But Connor's left two things behind -- the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.

A fresh and bold debut novel full of heart, guts and raw emotion. Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist is a brilliantly funny, thrilling exploration of friendship, identity and mortality populated with witty, sharply drawn characters.

Reviews

'Sweet , [...] incredibly funny, and tremendously exciting.'
-- The Bookwitch

'A bold and brilliant debut.'
-- Keith Gray, author of Ostrich Boys and Creepers

'I normally dislike books about dying teens, but this one had me feeling all the feels. I laughed (often), my heart raced during the get-aways, and yes, I even cried. Real tears!'
-- Cindy Huskey, GoodReads

'I enjoyed the writing a lot. I also loved the unique voice the main character has. His life is very tragic but he's just so inspiring. I can't wait to hold the physical copy in my hands.'
-- NetGalley

'Think John Green with a heavy dose of modern Scottish culture.'
-- Goodreads

'[The book] celebrates friendship and making the most of life. It is a really uplifting read.'
-- Lisa Talks About

'a fun read. . . I liked the characters and the unexpected bromance between Connor and Skeates.'
-- My Paper Infinity

Author

John Young is a writer who is originally from Belfast and now lives near Edinburgh. A former lawyer, he helped found The Teapot Trust, a children's art therapy charity, with his wife Laura. He was a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award winner in 2013.

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