By S.A. HarazinBlurb: A first kiss. Falling in love. Going to prom. These are all normal things that most teenagers experience. Except for 17-year-old David Hart. His life is anything but normal and more difficult than most. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis--or CIPA for short. One of only a handful of people in the world who suffer from CIPA, David can't do the things every teenager does. He might accidentally break a limb and not know it. If he stands too close to a campfire, he could burn his skin and never feel it. He can't tell if he has a fever and his temperature is rising. Abandoned by his parents, David now lives with his elderly grandmother who is dying. When David's legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents. All David wants to do is grow old, beat the odds, find love, travel the world, and see something spectacular. And he still wants to find his parents. While he still can.
Genres: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: March 1, 2015
My Rating: 2.5 stars
Painless starts out slowly and slowly picks up steam. Overall, though, it wasn't a whole lot of steam. Minimal steam at best. Like, maybe toy train size.
David Hart is quite the different main character. Half the time it seems like he doesn't have much personality. This takes some...adjusting to. He doesn't really have a lot of emotions. There's no anger when there should have been anger, (Please, please, please get angry at Ruby and yell at her or something! Good gosh!) there was no joy when there should have been joy...I just had a hard time relating to him.
David has CIPA. It's a miracle that he's lived this long; and I kind of just wanted to shake him to get up and do something for around the beginning half of the book. If you never know if you'll live or die, why would you just mope around the house and play video games? Might as well make the most of every moment.
Luna, however was a very different type of character. I liked her a lot; she was more of a free spirit, and her way of describing pain to David was spot-on.
Since David's the narrator of the story, the writing also feels detached and toneless at times. It was weird, and I am not sure if I really liked or disliked it.
The plot took a while to get off the ground. It was basically just a day-by-day synopsis of David's life with minimal conflict. Some sad things happened, but nothing that really set off an overall main storyline. That really took a long time to happen. However, once it did, I was satisfied with how it went. It was something I had been wanting to happen for a long time in this book.
I don't know. I don't have a lot of emotions one way or another on this book. There's nothing I really want to elaborate on. It was one of those stories where you somewhat enjoy it but it's not anything stunning.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.