Narrated by a female, teenage cancer patient, who falls for a teenage, male cancer patient… Well there is a story with obviously similar themes… Which I loved, so I was a little nervous going in to this one. Thankfully, while Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce isn’t perfect, it is very much its own book.
Megan Bright doesn’t like the effect cancer has had on her life, doesn’t particularly like the ward she has to spend her time on (it’s catered to children rather than teenagers) and really doesn’t like the fact that her friends don’t like to visit her in the hospital and that Jackson Dawes was right about that…
Jackson Dawes, is a bit of a force of nature within in the hospital, relentlessly positive, and yet brutally truthful about what she can expect happen, and he’s always somewhere he shouldn’t. He’s not a bad boy, but he is someone who believes rules are for other people! 😉 Megan would rather he just left her alone, that is, until those times that he’s not about, and she wishes he was.
Jackson Dawes soon becomes someone Megan Bright cares about, and their friendship might be just what she needs to pull her though the difficult times of her treatment.
Whilst, Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce, is a moving read, it didn’t have the emotional impact I though it could have done. Without giving too much of the plot away, I think that’s because while I cared about the characters; we just don’t get to see enough of their emotional connections, for various events to properly break our hearts.
I think I needed for the book to spend a little time developing Megan and Jackson’s relationship further, before the later part of the story kicks in, so we could be fully drawn into their lives.
There’s very little to dislike and definitely lots to like about Anthem for Jackson Dawes, Megan and Jackson’s story is very enjoyable and they are both great characters. It’s more that it doesn’t quite reach its potential.
Megan Bright and Jackson Dawes are two teenagers who first meet each other on the hospital ward where they are both being treated for cancer.
Megan is scared and worried about her illness, but Jackson seems to be an old hand, having been on the ward for ages. And everybody loves Jackson! He is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle.
Megan will need to borrow some of Jackson’s extraordinary optimism to face her and Jackson’s future.
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My copy of Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celie Bryce was provided by the publisher (Bloomsbury) for review purposes.