Novella Review: Live Fast, Die Young – Vanessa Barneveld

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Live Fast, Die Young Vanessa Barneveld

Title: Live Fast, Die Young

Author: Vanessa Barneveld

Genre: YA Novella – Romance / Health & Illness

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Goodreads SynopsisMolly Corbett can’t stand seeing her childhood pal Alex Gibson destroy himself. He’s gone from straight-A student to rebel without a cause. With so much at stake, some serious interference is called for—or at least Micromanaging Molly thinks so. Alex needs to get back on the path to the Ivy League. But the harder Molly pushes Alex, the harder he pushes back.
Alex has a secret.
Well, two secrets. Number one: He has terminal melanoma. With six months to live, Alex hasn’t got a second to waste. And hanging around hospitals when his friends think he’s cutting school definitely counts as wasted time. Instead, he’s going to drop out, surf, drive fast cars…and finally put secret number two out there. He’s in love with Molly and he’s going to tell her before it’s too late.

Purchase: Amazon US (currently FREE on Kindle! Updated: 1/17/2018) | Amazon UK

The novella that I will be reviewing today is Live Fast, Die Young by Vanessa Barneveld. If you read my October TBR list, then you know that the reason I picked up this book is because of a review I read by Caroline Andrus which you can view that review here! I really enjoyed Caroline’s review, that I just had to get the novella for myself and read it!

Live Fast, Die Young follows Molly and Alex. When Alex is diagnosed with terminal melanoma, he begins skipping school and trying to live life to the fullest. His best friend Molly, on the other hand, has no idea what has gotten into Alex and wants to help him from slipping any further away from her. What Molly doesn’t know is that (1) Alex has cancer and (2) that he is in love with her. Will Alex have enough time to tell Molly how he feels? And does Molly feel the same way about him?

Let’s get to the review!

Things I Like:

  • Dual POV

This novella uses split POV between Alex and Molly. I really like this because it allows the reader to get to know each character faster especially in such a short read. The story is well-written and I feel as if I knew the characters personally. The Dual POV also shows each character’s inner turmoil at such a difficult time in each of their lives. It is honestly well-executed.

  • The relationship

I’m a sucker for childhood-sweetheart romances! (I mean I did fall in love and am engaged to my childhood-sweetheart after all! 😉) Molly and Alex’s story is so cute and innocent and I can relate to a lot of how each of them feels. The tension that Alex feels for liking Molly and not knowing if she likes him back is exactly how I felt before dating my fiance. So I really relate to Alex on that basis.

Things I Don’t Like:

  • What Happens Next?!

Then it ends. Just like that. I want more! Can I say that a few more times?! I want to know more about these characters and everything else in between! I just really want more of this wonderful writing.

Overall, Live Fast, Die Young is a fast-paced novella that is intriguing and so hard to put down. I love both Molly and Alex and the way they both show the different stages of grief. Vanessa creates their story, and it’s as if I’ve known Alex and Molly my whole life. I wish the story would continue on. If you’re looking for a short and intriguing read click the link below and buy this one now (it’s FREE on Kindle at the time of this post!), I give Live Fast, Die Young . . .

4.5 star rating

4.5 stars!

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10 thoughts on “Novella Review: Live Fast, Die Young – Vanessa Barneveld

  1. I’ve heard quite a bit about this book recently. Lovely review. Not sure not knowing what happened would work for me though, I think it would drive me mad too.

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