Blog Tour: The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah

Title: The A to Z of You and Me
Author: James Hannah
Published: March 12th 2015 by Doubleday
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Blurb: Ivo fell for her.

He fell for a girl he can’t get back.
Now he’s hoping for something.
While he waits he plays a game:
He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the past he threw away.
He tells us the story of how she found him, and how he lost her.
But he doesn't have long.
And he still has one thing left to do.

A striking literary debut of love and mortality perfect for fans of quirky, heart-wrenching fiction like Nathan Filer, David Nicholls and Rachel Joyce.

*First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Review: The A to Z of You and Me is one of those reads that is going to stay with me for a long time. Written in a beautiful and very unique way, it tells the story of Ivo. A forty year old man who hasn't got much time left. So when his nurse in the hospice where he is spending his last days suggests this A to Z game, he starts telling his story by naming parts of the body starting with each letter of the alphabet and including a little story related to each part. Thanks to this little stories we get to read about Ivo's past, his family and friends, how his decisions affected his life and how he met that special one.

But what makes this novel so different to anything else is that it's not an overly emotional story about a person dying that has you in tears. Quite the contrary, I even found it moving and uplifting. Don't get me wrong though, it's a sad story. But it's not about a person dying and all their regrets, but about accepting the decisions you made and their consequences. And Sheila, Ivo's nurse, adds the perfect humorous and lively spark to Ivo's grey present.

The ending is, in my opinion, perfect. It took me by surprise but it gave this beautiful and thought-provoking story the closure needed. The A to Z of You and Me is a really impressive debut and I am sure it'll be one of the books of 2015. James Hannah is certainly an author to watch out as his style is unique, honest and to the point. I cannot recommend this book enough. I am sure it will leave no one indifferent.


About the author: 

James Hannah divides his time between London and Shropshire, UK. He has a Master's degree in Beckett Studies from the Beckett International Foundation at Reading University. His first novel, 'The A to Z of You and Me' is published by Doubleday.

Connect with James Hannah: Website | Twitter 

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2 comentaris

  1. What a great review. This book is on my TBR list as it sounds so intriguing, I can't wait to read it!

    1. Thank you Laura! It is so good, such a unique concept. I highly recommend that you put it on top of your pile! xx