Review: Plank’s Law by Lesley Choyce

Planks LawTitle: Plank’s Law

Author: Lesley Choyce

Pages: 179 Pages

Publisher: Orca Books Publishers

The Blurb

Trevor has known since he was ten years old that he has Huntington’s disease, but at sixteen he is informed that he has one year to live. One day while he’s trying to figure stuff out, an old man named Plank finds him standing at a cliff by the ocean. It’s the beginning of an odd but intriguing relationship. Both Trevor and Plank decide to live by Plank’s Law, which is “just live.” This means Trevor has to act on the things on his bucket list, like hanging out with real penguins, star in a science fiction movie and actually talk to Sara—the girl at the hospital who smiles at him.

With the aid of Plank and Sara, Trevor revises his bucket list to include more important things and takes charge of his illness and his life.

The Review

Plank’s Law is a novella in the style of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and In Bloom by Matthew Crow. It is the story of a teenager dealing with terminal illness. Plank’s Law embraces the reality of friendships formed through mutual illnesses and also looks at the concept of making every moment count. Furthermore, it explores how on the surface people can seem happy but we each have our own battles to deal with whether it be a physical illness or a mental one.

Plank’s Law is a quick read and is a great novella to introduce you to more heartbreaking stories of a similar ilk.

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3 Stars

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