“There is always hope. Where we have breath, we have hope.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Just like the subject in TICK to the TOCK, no matter how much you think you prepare yourself, when the end finally arrives it doesn’t hurt any less. Cryptic I know. TICK to the TOCK was a slow burn for me, I knew how it would end yet I still bawled like a baby when it did.
TICK to the TOCK is not your average New Adult novel, a fast-paced sexy romance you won’t find but a really well-written, thought provoking piece of literature you will. We join Dante King on his journey of finding closure or searching for peace, who knows which as not even Dante knows what he is doing. Faced with the worst news at 22yrs old when the Doc tells him it’s not looking good, how should Dante react when his life is now running out like a sand timer? He has to decide if he should stay at home with his mum and dad and await his death or if he should be selfish and rob his parents of precious moments with him to squeeze in some last minute memories by travelling. He chooses the latter and with his second chance at love, his cousin who is more like a brother and a very eccentric best friend, Dante goes globe trekking.
It did take me a while to get into the story; the author’s writing style is very eloquent and detailed. Every word serves a purpose and each scene is written in the most intricate of ways. This is by no means a bad thing, I think it was a clever piece of writing, I just felt I had to really concentrate on each word as no matter how small, the word before was significant to the next. I enjoyed the different settings and again I loved the detail of each new country this group would explore.
Dante and his peers seemed older than their years, perhaps that’s because they were dealing with such a tough topic, cancer ages you and there is no time to be a young, carefree new adult, decisions need to be made and worry and anguish is a guarantee. The romance element of the story was low, but with that being said, the relationship between Dante and Danii was significant, I loved the reverence Dante would describe Danii with, after being afraid of his feelings for her, with his days now finite Dante did not fear the feeling of love any more.
“I was angry at you for coming. I hated you for it, but then you came out with the… news… and well, the anger disappeared. But I didn’t want to let go of the anger, for without it, all I have is love.” ~ Danii
Wilbur Day and Ethan Knight are as different as… well… night and day actually ;) Wil is the crazy carefree art friend who wears boat shoes and chinos. He loathes women and never commits. Ethan needs order to survive, he needs routine to function, so when both friends leave their lives behind to become nomad travellers with Dante it is not only a journey of discovery for the patient but also for the friends and family that he is leaving behind. I was so unsure of Wil, but he did grow on me and I loved the change in Ethan throughout the journey as well.
“Oh, Dante, living life is no secret. It’s merely something most overlook.”
“I think… I think this is a bad day, possibly the worst of days, and if there’s ever a time to drink and drown one’s sorrow, well, it’s during the worst of days.” ~ Will
Whilst reading TICK to the TOCK it is impossible not to think of yourself in a similar situation. What would you do; stay and cling on to hope in a hopeless situation or throw caution to the wind and experience all the things you put off for that ‘tomorrow’. Some books I can whiz through in a matter of hours and I smile and feel happy at the outcome, others take longer and leave a bigger impact. TICK to the TOCK was, for me, the latter. It took me longer to finish but Dante King is not someone I will forget easily.
The tears started around 60%; mainly whenever Dante was torn over leaving his family and feeling selfish for robbing them of time with him, by the remaining 20% my eyes were barely dry. I think Dante’s illness was portrayed accurately and sensitively. It makes for a hard read but it is reality and unfortunately a reality for many. This book was by no means doom and gloom; it was uplifting and filled with hope when there seemed like none to be had. There is no cliffhanger but with comparison to your average NA book, the ending isn’t typical either.
If you want to experience something a little different today then I suggest you try TICK to the TOCK. It’s one you won’t forget in a hurry.
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